Thesis topic proposal
Zoltán Gál
Regional Innovation Systems and the Regional Engagement of Universities


Institute: University of Pécs
Doctoral School in Regional Policy and Economics

Thesis supervisor: Zoltán Gál
Location of studies (in Hungarian): PTE KTK Pécs, Rákóczi. u. 80.
Abbreviation of location of studies: KTK

Description of the research topic:

The research topic focuses on the regional economics of innovation, the relationship between technological progress and territorial development, intruducing the European and Hungarian trends, settlement and regional development processes of the knowledge economy. It also aims to present innovation policies related to the theory of regional innovation systems. It examines the role of universities in regional innovation systems highlighting evolutions of different missions (functions) of higher education institutions. This includes the engagement of universities in the development of their city or region: the economic, innovation and cultural role of the universities, and the characteristics of the service university.

Research includes, among other things the
- Theory and manifestations of regional innovation systems
- Clusters and innovation networks in regional innovation
- From regional innovation strategies to smart specialization
- Expansion of the functions of universities and their regional development function
- Peculiarities of universities in Central and Eastern Europe (Mid-range university concept).

Required language skills: English
Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2020-10-31

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