Universities and innovation strategies in rural regions: The case of the greater Lincolnshire innovation programme (UK)

Maria Salomaa*, David Charles, Gary Bosworth

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Abstract

There is limited experience with innovation policies in rural areas, often based on a one-size-fits-all approach. However, rural businesses have diverse needs and there is difficulty in applying smart specialisation approaches for the use of European Union Cohesion funding in rural areas. A key resource in rural areas is the local university, and universities face increased demands to support local firms. This paper examines one particular case of a university in a rural region and its use of the European Regional Development Fund to support innovation activities. The challenges of working with rural businesses are explored, as is the focus on one-to-one support rather than the more collective smart specialisation approach. Universities need to take a pragmatic approach to ensure that the needs of firms can be balanced with the capacities of rural universities which are often smaller and more specialised than urban universities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number095042222210962
Number of pages13
JournalIndustry and Higher Education
Early online date27 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Apr 2022

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