VOL: 8  NO: 1  53-67   2011-1


Knowledge-based urban development processes of an emerging knowledge city: Brisbane, Australia




School of Urban Development Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Received: July 2010            Final Acceptance: April 2011



In the global knowledge economy, to attract and retain knowledge-intensive industries and workers, cities produce various development strategies. Such strategising is an important development mechanism for cities to complete their transformation into knowledge cities. This paper discusses the critical connections between knowledge city foundations and integrated knowledge-based urban development strategies, and scrutinises Brisbane‟s strategies in attracting and retaining investment and talent. The paper introduces a knowledge-based urban development assessment framework and uses this framework to provide a clearer understanding of Brisbane‟s knowledge-based development processes and knowledge city transformation experience. The assessment framework particularly focuses on examining Brisbane‟s four development processes, institutional, economic, socio-cultural and urban development, in detail. The findings reveal that although Brisbane is still in early stages of its transformation into a fully-fledged knowledge city, global orientation and achievements of Brisbane in strategising knowledge-based urban development are noteworthy.



Keywords:  Knowledge economy, knowledge-based urban development, knowledge city, urban transformation, urban policy making


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