Profile of Miss TIAN MIAO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

TIAN MIAO

General research interests

My general research insterests lie in regional development and innovation policies. At this moment, science park practices worldwide are channles through which I am exploring the wider regional growth problems and any relevant policies.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

The genesis of a high-tech cluster in a less-favoured region in China: Case study of the Optics Valley of China, Wuhan

PhD Abstract

The emergence of Science Parks in China has from the very beginning been carefully monitored and studied by the government. Posited at the turning point from the planned economy to the market economy, science parks in China have been assigned more than one duty: boosting innovation, but also accelerating urbanization and reversing the imbalanced regional development. This close intertwining between the state and the private sectors thus provides an innovation system that is quite exceptional compared with the dominant western models. What is more, the embryonic nature of the local and regional innovation systems in China offers a much needed contemporary case study for tracing the genesis of a potential innovation-productive system.