Strategic intelligence for the future of places: Enabling inclusive economic growth through the Opportunity Areas Analysis Tool

Fumi Kitagawa*, Matjaz Vidmar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Based on the growing importance of place-based strategic intelligence, this article puts forward a conceptual framework for a new methodological approach to influence the shaping of sub-national economic development. The novel Opportunity Areas Analysis Tool has been designed and deployed in the context of a City Region Deal in Scotland. We define key trends, map core capabilities and assess exploitation capacities for Data-Driven Innovation economic opportunities. We critically appraise the effectiveness of this approach for the creation of inclusive place-based future visions and narratives, and the alignment of technological opportunities within diverse geographical (e.g. semi-rural and rural) and sectoral conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date30 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • city regions
  • local governments
  • data-driven innovation
  • multilevel governance
  • innovation intermediaries

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