Innovation at the edges of the metropolis: An analysis of innovation drivers in Sydney's peripheral suburbs

Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Tavis Potts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


This article discusses using the concept of innovation ecosystems to assess innovation intensity in peripheral areas of metropolitan regions. Innovation is a significant driver of prosperity, industrial growth, and job creation. Emergent areas of new technology applications have their roots in entrepreneurial and innovative practices. However, studies have focused on the strengths that cities-and central business districts and inner suburbs in particular-have relative to the industries of the emerging knowledge economy, notably information technology and financial, property, and business services. Most of the time, the peripheral suburbs have been neglected. The results from a study of innovation drivers in Sydney, Australia, show that peripheral suburbs in metropolitan areas have local innovation processes that require specific planning measures to promote innovation intensity. Some of these processes are linked to local suburban characteristics that might not apply to the entire city or metropolitan region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-572
Number of pages20
Issue number3)(Sp.Iss
Publication statusPublished - 2008



  • Urban Studies
  • Planning & Development

Cite this