Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions

Edited by David A. Wolfe and Meric S. Gertler

© 2016

Even in a globalizing, knowledge-based economy, cities remain engines of growth, innovation, and diversity. Increasingly, they are also active participants in the creation of the social and political conditions necessary to create a thriving community. The Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions series is a focused analysis of how developments at the local and regional level affect these three key determinants of future prosperity. Growing Urban Economies summarizes its conclusions in a single volume that presents an overview of the evidence and its implications.

A rich and nuanced analysis of the interplay of social, political, and economic factors in thirteen Canadian city-regions, large and small, this collection integrates research focusing on innovation, creativity and talent-retention, and governance in order to understand the distinctive experience of each region. A valuable cross-section of city-region development in a variety of circumstances, Growing Urban Economies offers important insights into the way in which local conditions affect urban economies around the world.

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A rich and nuanced analysis of the interplay of social, political, and economic factors in thirteen Canadian city-regions, large and small, this collection integrates research focusing on innovation, creativity and talent-retention, and governance in order to understand the distinctive experience of each region.

Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions

Edited by David A. Wolfe and Meric S. Gertler

© 2016

Even in a globalizing, knowledge-based economy, cities remain engines of growth, innovation, and diversity. Increasingly, they are also active participants in the creation of the social and political conditions necessary to create a thriving community. The Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions series is a focused analysis of how developments at the local and regional level affect these three key determinants of future prosperity. Growing Urban Economies summarizes its conclusions in a single volume that presents an overview of the evidence and its implications.

A rich and nuanced analysis of the interplay of social, political, and economic factors in thirteen Canadian city-regions, large and small, this collection integrates research focusing on innovation, creativity and talent-retention, and governance in order to understand the distinctive experience of each region. A valuable cross-section of city-region development in a variety of circumstances, Growing Urban Economies offers important insights into the way in which local conditions affect urban economies around the world.

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Product Details

  • Series: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Wolfe has assembled a wealth of material that builds a remarkable portrait of innovation practices throughout a national urban system ... [Innovating in Urban Economies] will prove a valuable resource ... for those looking to study, understand and theorise the future of innovation and resiliency in urbanised knowledge economies."


    Jean-Paul D. Addie
    Urban Studies

    "A collection of some of Canada's foremost economic geography scholars."


    Oli Mould
    Journal of Economic Geography

    "[These books] explore fascinating and important dimensions of economic development for Canadian communities."


    Jon Linton
    Municipal World
  • Author Information

    David A. Wolfe is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He was National Coordinator of the Innovation Systems Research Network.


    Meric S. Gertler is the president of the University of Toronto, the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies, and a professor in the Department of Geography.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    David A. Wolfe

    Part I: Introduction
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Innovation, Creativity and Governance in Canadian City-Regions
    David A. Wolfe and Meric S. Gertler

    Part II: The Dynamics of Economic Change in Large Cities
    Chapter 2. Toronto’s Fourth Era: An Emerging Cognitive-Cultural Economy
    David A. Wolfe and Allison Bramwell

    Chapter 3. The Revitalization of Montreal: The Significance of Social Innovation as a Pillar for Economic Development
    Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Norma Rantisi, and Juan-Luis Klein

    Chapter 4. Vancouver and the Economy of Culture and Innovation
    Tom Hutton and Trevor Barnes

    Chapter 5. Moving from Complaisancy Revisited: Ottawa trying again to define its Regional Advantage
    Caroline Andrew and David Doloruex

    Chapter 6. Innovation from an oil and gas platform: Calgary
    Cooper Langford, Ben Li and Cami Ryan

    Part III: The Unique Character of Innovation and Growth in Medium-Sized Cities
    Chapter 7. Innovation in an Industrial City: Economic Transformation in Hamilton
    Peter Warrian and Allison Bramwell

    Chapter 8. A Tale of Two Cities: Innovation, Talent Attraction and Governance in Canada’s Technology Triangle
    Tara Vinodrai

    Chapter 9. Ordinary City at the Crossroads: London Ontario
    Neil Bradford

    Chapter 10. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in Halifax
    Jill Grant

    Part IV: Innovation for Survival or Growth in Canada’s Small Cities
    Chapter 12. Saskatoon: From Small Town to Global Hub
    Peter Phillips and Graham Webb

    Chapter 11. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in the Public Sector City: Kingston, Ontario
    Betsy Donald and Heather Hall

    Chapter 13. Volcanoes and Pyramids: The Role of Knowledge and Creativity in Shaping Greater Moncton’s Socio-economic Performance
    Yves Bourgeois

    Chapter 14. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in St. John’s: A Metropolis on the Margins
    Rob Greenwood and Heather Hall.

    Appendix A: City-Region Profiles
    Appendix B: Maps

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