Academic Entrepreneurship and the Geography of University Knowledge Flows in the UK

  • Maria AbreuEmail author
  • Vadim Grinevich
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


Knowledge flows between universities and industry have long been recognised as important determinants of regional economic development. However, a major unresolved issue is the exact nature of the mechanisms through which knowledge flows take place. We analyse the spatial patterns of knowledge exchange activities by considering a wide range of mechanisms including joint research, consultancy services, personnel exchange and informal advice. The analysis is based on a recently completed survey of UK academics, providing micro-data on over 22,000 academics across all subject areas. Our results show that the geography of academic entrepreneurship varies widely by type of activity.


Geography of knowledge University-business links Technology transfer Regional innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pembroke College and Department of Land EconomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of ArchitectureUniversity of Cambridge and School of Business, Leadership and EnterpriseCambridgeUK

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