The latest buzz-phrase politicians and policymakers love to
tout is the “knowledge-based economy.” The reason
for the usage seems to be that governments, industry and researchers
recognize the shift of much of the world’s economy to
a knowledge-based economy and its particular importance to
the development of the economies of rural, dispersed populations.
The Newfoundland and Labrador economy is currently experiencing
a transformation, from a resource-dependent region to a knowledge-based
The varieties of ways a knowledge-based economy is defined
is certainly open to interpretation as you take a look at
the conference program of the upcoming The Knowledge-Based
Economy and Regional Economic Development: An International
Perspective, being hosted by Memorial this fall. The titles
of some of the papers to be presented at the conference include:
Plotting New Trails: Local Exploration and the Internet, People
Create - Technologies Work: The Importance of Place, Knowledge
as a Major Tourist Attraction and Smart Successful Scotland?
to name a few.
Turning to the list of presenters and sponsors of the conference,
it quickly becomes apparent how much effort went into the
planning of this conference. Dr. Wade Locke is the lead organizer
of the event. Dr. Locke and his team have been developing
the concept and organizing the conference for the past two
years. Their efforts have paid off with prominent presenters
from all parts of the globe.
“The conference will give researchers and policy-makers
an opportunity to meet and debate the issues pertaining to
regional economic development as areas are exposed to the
forces of the new economy.”
Dr. Locke, a professor of economics, has been involved in
several projects on knowledge-based economy and rural development,
including a survey on the state of innovation in Newfoundland
and Labrador and a case study on academic research and private
sector and a local benefit capture in the oil and gas industry.
“We are bringing these people here to discuss issues
that are relevant to the province and to raise the profile
of the university. For those who wish there is an opportunity
to network and collaborate with others who are the top of
their fields and move their research agenda and research networks
The conference will be held Oct. 3-5 and is open to the public.
For further information on the conference, contact Dr. Locke
or by visiting the conference Web site at: www.ce.mun.ca/kbe/conference