Planning a Global Knowledge City: Experience from Melbourne, Australia

Sajeda TULI, Richard HU, Lain DARE

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This study investigates planning policy shifts to shape a global knowledge city in the dual contemporary transformative processes of globalisation and the knowledge economy. It develops an integrative conceptual and policy analytical framework from cross-fertilising the global city and the knowledge city, and tests it by applying it to Melbourne as a case study. The empirical analysis involves a content analysis of strategic plans and elite interviews with key policy makers and informants. The findings are mixed. At both the State and the City levels, the strategic plans demonstrate a growing presence and importance of key themes that define Melbourne as an emerging global knowledge city. However, the absence of a national policy and problematic inter-governmental coordination in strategic directions, and a lack of focus on human capital without due considerations of home grown talent and international students, are limiting Melbourne from fully reaching its potential as a global knowledge city. Drawing on these findings, this study concludes with a discussion about the effectiveness of the constructed framework in conceptualising the global knowledge city and policy analysis; it also points out a few limitations of this exploratory study that require further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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