The Community Structure of R&D Cooperation in Europe. Evidence from a social network perspective

Barber, Michael J. and Fischer, Manfred M. ORCID: and Scherngell, Thomas (2011) The Community Structure of R&D Cooperation in Europe. Evidence from a social network perspective. Geographical Analysis, 43 (4). pp. 415-432. ISSN 1538-4632


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The focus of this paper is on pre-competitive R&D cooperation across Europe, as captured by R&D joint ventures funded by the European Commission in the time period 1998-2002, within the 5th Framework Program. The cooperations in this Framework Program give rise to a bipartite network with 72,745 network edges between 25,839 actors (representing organizations that include firms, universities, research organizations and public agencies) and 9,490 R&D projects. With this construction, participating actors are linked only through joint projects. In this paper we describe the community identification problem based on the concept of modularity, and use the recently introduced label-propagation algorithm to identify communities in the network, and differentiate the identified communities by developing community-specific profiles using social network analysis and geographic visualization techniques. We expect the results to enrich our picture of the European Research Area by providing new insights into the global and local structures of R&D cooperation across Europe.

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Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Wirtschaftsgeographie und Geoinformatik > Fischer
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Dissertation Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 09:47
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 13:39
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