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Industrial Parks, Green Growth, and Evolutionary Economic Geography: An Ulsan, Korea case study

Authors: Mingeun Kang*, Seoul National University
Topics: Economic Geography, Development, Regional Geography
Keywords: Evolutionary economic geography, Green growth, Industrial park, Path-creation, -dependency, -diversification, -upgrading,
Session Type: Paper
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This research explores the evolutionary transformation processes of an industrial park from brown growth toward green growth through the lens of evolutionary economic geography (EEG). In case of South Korea, a former President Lee selected green growth as a national growth direction. As green growth was facilitated with national support, it led to the transformation of industrial parks including those located in Ulsan. In this respect, this research takes Ulsan-Mipo National Industrial Park located in South Korea as a case study of the place of industrial evolution and transformation from a brown industry to a green industry using the concepts deployed in evolutionary economic geography such as path-creation, -dependency, -diversification, and -upgrading. The evolutionary transformation processes from conventional industries to green industries depend on existing industries. In addition to the dependency, over the course of the processes, new industrial paths are created, the existing industries diverge into new industries and structural upgrading takes place within industries. This research thereby is able to make contribution to have a better understanding with respect to the pathways of the Korean green growth from the perspective of the evolution of Ulsan-Mipo National Industrial Park.

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