Although it is now well recognised that universities perform an important role in knowledge creation and diffusion in regions, the extent of regional research collaboration is limited. This article analyses the local collaborative research performance of three Australian regional universities and raises several dilemmas: the indeterminacy of regional engagement policies; weak demand drivers; the scale of the region; the challenge of balancing regional research work, national/international work, competition and collaboration; and the appropriate role of government. The experience of academics and managers in these universities may resonate with others, particularly in European countries, who face similar challenges.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 01 May 2006|