Knowledge economy challenges for post-developmental state: Tsukuba Science City as in-between place

Miao, T. (2018) Knowledge economy challenges for post-developmental state: Tsukuba Science City as in-between place. Town Planning Review, 89(1), pp. 61-84. (doi:10.3828/tpr.2018.4)

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Abstract

This paper examines the planning) history and current planning challenges facing Tsukuba Science City. Drawing on original empirical material, it suggests that Tsukuba can be seen as an in-between place in three respects. Tsukuba began life as an instance of the international garden-campus-suburb orthodoxy surrounding science spaces, and now falls somewhere in between an independent city and a suburb of greater Tokyo. Tsukuba’s predicament in this regard is intimately related to the broader policy challenges facing Japan as it transitions from a developmental to a post-developmental state. Chief among these challenges is effectively inserting a science city like Tsukuba into an increasingly globalised ‘New Argonaut’ market for skilled labour. I make use of Appadurai’s notion (1996) of ‘scapes’ to interpret Tsukuba as an in-between place but also to highlight the practical challenges of it securing a central position within the global science landscape of modernity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miao, Dr Tian
Authors: Miao, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Town Planning Review
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
ISSN:0041-0020
ISSN (Online):1478-341X

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