The Emergence of novel science-related fields: Regional or technological patterns? Exploration and exploitation in United Kingdom nanotechnology

Martin Meyer* (Corresponding Author), Dirk Libaers, Jae-Hwan Park

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An extensive literature addresses the emergence of new technologies in their geographical and cognitive context. Drawing on a spatial innovation systems approach, this issue is explored for a newly emerging area: nano-science and nanotechnology. This study draws on a multi-method approach to explore the emergence of nanotechnology in the United Kingdom, covering bibliometric, patent, and firm-level data. The results point to regional concentrations of scientific and technological activity as well as to a concentration of nanotechnology firms in the well-established ‘science hubs’. However, further inspection of the evidence also hints at the importance of non-local links and networks along technological paths.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-959
Number of pages25
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number7
Early online date5 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • Patent analysis
  • Bibliometrics
  • Innovation systems
  • Emerging technologies
  • Nano-districts

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