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Thematic paper 6: Innovation Policy in Metropolitan Areas - addressing societal challenges in functional regions

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Metropolitan areas have specific characteristics which are based on agglomeration, which has both advantages and disadvantages in terms of innovation, governance and societal issues.

Because of the localised specific need and the specific capacity to provide solutions, metropolitan regions are in a sort of ‘lead-market’ situation for solutions to societal challenges.  Therefore, policymakers in metropolitan areas have specific innovation policy opportunities to address specific societal challenges concerning: environment, energy, communication and transport, health and nutrition, and exclusion-related challenges.

The approach we have taken in this report is to analyse the above issues for the largest metropolitan areas in the EU: the 29 metropolitan areas that have more than 2m inhabitants.

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