Mapping innovation space in Shanghai

Authors: Lingyue LI*, Department of Urban Planning, CAUP, Tongji University, Xiaohu ZHANG, Singapore-MIT Alliance for R&T
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, China
Keywords: Innovation, mapping, patent, Shanghai, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The ability to produce new knowledge, to a great extent, represents a region’s economic strength and attracts an increasing scholarly attention in recent years. As innovative talents normally favor patent application to protect new knowledge, patents serve as a proxy for innovative activity in this research. Using data of patent applications, this study maps the spatio-temporal evolution of innovation outputs in Shanghai metropolis. Spatial growth of patent applications in Shanghai is a dual process: innovation activities intensifies in central city particularly in Puxi whereas innovation expansion towards suburb also persisted, moving towards south and north in the initial and diffusing across the metropolis after 2007. Though annul Gini Coefficient suggests a high concentrations of innovation activities, the degree of concentration decreased gradually. The mapping of hot spots contours a changing pathway of how an initial mono-centric innovation space structure evolves to a poly-centric one.

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