Introduction to Part I

  • Tan YigitcanlarEmail author
  • Tommi Inkinen


Technology and innovation driven information society research has experienced a great shift in the methodological mindset of how the technological developments affect the surrounding world—and cities in particular. Originally theories and theorisations concerning technological impacts of innovation and new media were literature-based and lacking a proper empirical evidence-base to support the conceptual aspects. In recent years empirical data sources have been developed and empirical investigations concerning knowledge cities, smart cities, technological embedding, and socioeconomic-technology relations have gained more explanative power and interest within the academia. This chapter provides an introduction to this part of the book.


Economic geography Urban studies Technological innovation Information society Disruption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Maritime Studies, Brahea CentreUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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