This 3 ECTS course investigates the knowledge economy - as object of theory, empirical phenomenon and socio-economic and policy imaginary - from a cultural economic perspective. The knowledge economy has become a central point of reference in describing contemporary sociospatial transformations. City regions occupy a key position within this narrative as the knowledge economy tends to concentrate within cities and also contributes to further urbanization. This raises questions concerning the spatiality of knowledge production, circulation and use that will be investigated in more detail in this course.
The course adopts the format of a reading seminar in which short lectures on the topic are combined with reading and discussion of relevant literature. Drawing on interdisciplinary literatures from geography, spatial planning, urban studies, ethnography, science and technology studies and organization studies, the course will focus on four important spaces of knowledge: educational spaces; creative and cultural spaces; experimental spaces; and smart spaces. The aim of this investigation is to gain a more critical understanding of the presumed role played by ‘knowledge’ in urban processes and to analyse the ways in which these various spaces of knowledge shape our understanding of the contemporary city.