Pursuing Innovation in Australian Cities

  • Edward J. Blakely
  • Richard Hu


This chapter examines the pursuit of innovation in Australian cities. It begins by outlining the imperatives for pursuing innovation in Australia, recognising the need for an Australian way that is not just an imitation of international best practices, and emphasising the essential role of governments. It particularly points out the importance of translating the Australian government’s innovation rhetoric into effective actions to reverse the downward trend in national innovation inputs and performance. The chapter then introduces several innovative places in Australia’s leading global cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and several recent ‘smart cities’ initiatives in Adelaide and Canberra. These places are important innovation hubs in Australian cities, but none have yet achieved a leading status globally. Finally, the chapter provides a comprehensive examination of the innovative assets of 25 Australian cities through constructing a Knowledge City Index, which reveals their competitive strengths and weaknesses in pursuing innovation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Blakely
    • 1
  • Richard Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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