Handbook of Universities and Regional Development
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Handbook of Universities and Regional Development

Edited by Attila Varga and Katalin Erdős

The Handbook on Universities and Regional Development offers a comprehensive and up-to-date insight into how academic institutions spur their surroundings. The volume sheds light on universities as regional development actors from a historical perspective by introducing institutional changes and discussing the interrelatedness of society, business and academia. It provides detailed investigations on various knowledge transfer mechanisms to help understand the diverse ways through which ideas and intellectual property can flow between universities and businesses. Detailed case studies from three continents (Europe, Asia, and America) demonstrate the highly contextual nature of the interactions between academia, industry and government.
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Chapter 19: Universities and innovation habitats in Brazil: cases of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Thiaho Renault, Sérgio R. Yates, Leonardo Melo and José Manoel Carvalho de Mello


One of the most fruitful contributions of universities to regional development in Brazil has been given through the formation of new companies via transfer of knowledge and technologies developed in them. In order to do so, universities and other scientific and technological institutions are creating mechanisms such as technology transfer offices, business incubators, and technology parks, forming around them what can be called innovation habitats. These habitats of innovation may be seen as an important asset to improve the development of their corresponding regions. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview about Brazilian Innovation Habitats and analyze two case studies of leading Brazilian universities.

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