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External Research Projects

Asian City Innovation System Initiative (CISAsia)


Executive Summary

Innovative activities take place primarily at the city level, where innovation support structures and services are located, and where the majority of economic activity takes place. Cities provide an ideal environment for the innovators, entrepreneurs and knowledge intensive activities to evolve and interact in ways that enable innovation. However, there has been very little focused research devoted to elucidating the reasons and drivers of innovation and innovative capacity within complex urban environments in emerging economies. Against this backdrop, this project seeks to examine the relationship between innovation systems and megacities in the six emerging economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the mechanisms that explain observed differences in their innovation capacities. It will also propose policy options for forging linkages between innovation policies and urban development policies in these megacities in order to enhance their innovative capacities and competitiveness and productivity advantages while simultaneously addressing the undesirable consequences of rapid urbanization. Back to top

Background and Rationale

The concept of innovation systems today has spawned a considerable volume of scholarly literature and influenced innovation policymakers around the world. However, there are still considerable information gaps that call for further research. These knowledge gaps must be addressed in order to enhance the concept’s practical value under varying implementation environments. A detailed analysis of the ASEAN experience in implementing innovation systems could provide important lessons for emerging economies in other regions.

The rationale for this policy–oriented research is threefold:
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Activities and Methodology

The activities and methodologies in this project are designed to correspond to the project objectives as already mentioned. This project departs from the traditional methodological approach in the innovation systems literature by bringing the unit of analysis down to the city level by taking into account factors related to urban innovation and environment, and urban development and policy. We will also develop a practical toolbox for innovation system foresight, which will be the basis for developing a framework for integrated innovation and urban–development policy.

The key activities and methodologies are described as follows:
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Expected Outputs, Impact and Dissemination

Specifically, the project will generate policy options, guidelines and recommendations to enhance innovative capacity and national competitiveness within the respective countries. In this regard, six expected outputs with their dissemination activities are identified:

The key activities and methodologies are described as follows:
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Capacity Building

Our overall engagement, and in particular, activities such as policy and multi–stakeholder workshops, will contribute to capacity building in both academic and policy arenas. Some of the following activities are for all related actors, while others are domain–specific:

The key activities and methodologies are described as follows:
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Official website of the Asian City Innovation Systems Initiative

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University

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Launching Workshop

City Innovation Systems: The Metro Manila Experience (1,983KB Pdf file)
Program (141KB Pdf file)

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