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The FAST II programme stressed that innovation is crucial to European integration and competitiveness and that new anthropocentric systems and non-material investments are required to integrate technologies, skills and organisational factors. One aspect is the importance of knowledge inputs to research, innovation and development, particularly since the knowledge content of goods and services is increasing rapidly. Consequently, questions arise concerning how and where knowledge resources are developed and utilised, and whether cities are able to create the milieu required to sustain and enhance them. In this context, the city is a potential actor in science and technology; defining and assessing this new role of cities is the main focus of the study. Part I of the report assesses the role of cities as loci in research, science and innovation and as loci for new technologies; it assesses city development trends at the European scale and urban transformation issues and prospects. Part 2 is orientated towards policy, with the main aims being to assess the role of cities in science and technology development scenarios, as part of social and economic aspects and at the EC level.

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Authors: DREWETT R, London School of Economics (GB);KNIGHT R, University of Amsterdam (NL);SCHUBERT U, University of Economics and Business Administration, Wien (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: FOP 306 EN (1992) 164 pp.
Availability: Available from the FAST Programme Office, CEC/DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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