Aretian Urban Analytics and Design’s publication “The Atlas of Innovation Districts, 2019” was recently cited as a research reference in a report titled “Measuring the Impact of Innovation Districts” by Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Manran Zhu, and Milan Janosov under the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (EC JRC). In their white paper, the authors described a method to identify Innovation Districts and measure how successful they are. The report continues to describe current challenges facing Innovation Districts and the main differentiators between successful and unsuccessful such projects. The publication also offers a scientific methodology based on different sets of large-scale geospatial data which have been combined with well-established machine learning methods and in-depth statistical analysis. The resulting quantitative methodology supports policy-making by identifying urban areas with a high concentration of innovation activities and with high potential for growth.
You can read the report here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354726254_Measuring_the_Impact_of_Urban_Innovation_Districts
Throughout the report, Aretian’s Atlas of Innovation Districts is quoted and relied upon to discuss the different positive externalities that Innovation Districts can have on communities and areas. The work developed in the Atlas, primarily led by Jeremy Burke and Ramon Gras Alomà, Aretian’s co-founders, proves that Innovation Districts enable greater collaboration, create job opportunities, and promote regional and local competitiveness. Innovation Districts also have the potential to activate the dormant capabilities of a community, making them very attractive to revive some areas that have been deserted by employment and innovation.
It is wonderful to see such research contributing to the support of knowledge economies as they are key drivers for growth and job creation. Aretian is very grateful to have been cited by the team of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, please follow us if you are interested in discovering more about our work!