Addressing the skills gap in regeneration and economic development in Cumbria

Peck, Frank, Bell, Flo and Black, Lucy (2010) Addressing the skills gap in regeneration and economic development in Cumbria. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 4 (1). pp. 76-89.

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Abstract

There has been considerable discussion recently regarding processes by which regeneration practitioners acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to innovate in the delivery of the sustainable communities agenda. This paper highlights some key literature regarding how knowledge is developed and shared and the role of networking in disseminating such knowledge. The findings of a ‘skills audit’ conducted in Cumbria in the North West of England are used to illustrate the ways in which local institutional structures and partnership arrangements can enable or inhibit processes of knowledge exchange. Although ‘skills gaps’ are identified, issues related to the coordination of projects are also noted. Evidence indicates that the acquisition of ‘tacit knowledge’ through interacting with others in networks is recognised as an important mechanism for enabling innovation by removing the obstacles to knowledge exchange created by institutional barriers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal
Publisher: Henry Stewart Publications
ISSN: 1752-9646
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 17 May 2018 10:06
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3671

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