Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Territórios do Conhecimento e Inovação (not translated)



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Geografia e Planeamento Regional



Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To be able to interpret the concepts of place, space and time in the real and virtual territories of networked economies;
b) To conceptualize the enrichment of the value chain \"data-information-knowledge\" as a key resource for territory management and development;
c) To be able to quantify the potential associated with the dissemination of knowledge on the territories;
d) To be able to recognize the different dimensions of innovation: technological, procedural and institutional;
e) To be able to discuss innovation strategies in different sectors and adapted to territorial dynamics;
f) To be able to analyze the role of territorial marketing as a method of disseminating and promoting value and innovation;
g) Develop multi-scale models for spatial analysis, based on a geography of information and knowledge;
h) To be able to evaluate, from a scientific and technical perspective, informational structures that foster the development and an effective management of territories.



Subject matter

1) Concepts of place, space and time redefined in the virtual territories;
2) The importance of information and knowledge for socio-economic and cultural development of the territory(ies);
3) The geography of the information society and the dissemination of knowledge;
4) The society and the networked economy - the tectonic of information, its infrastructures and different scales of analysis;
5) Concept(s) of innovation;
6) The diffusion model of innovation and its application in different territorial contexts;
7) Territories, sectors and clusters for innovation: from local to global level;
8) The territorial marketing and its importance in the definition of innovation diffusion strategies.


Castells, M. (2009). The Rise of The Network Society, The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture Volume 1. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Crang, M., Crang P. & May, J. (eds.) (2012). Virtual Geographies: Bodies, Space and Relations - Sussex Studies in Culture and Communication. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 92-130; 203-221
Rainie, L. (2014). Networked: The New Social Operating System. New York: MIT Press.
Webster, F. (2014). Theories of the Information Society (4th ed.). New York: Routledge.
Wilson, M. & Corey, K. E. (2000). Information Tectonics - Space, Place and Technology in an Electronic Age. London: John Wiley & Sons.

Teaching method

Expository and participatory classes. Emphasis is given to the explanation and analysis of national and international case studies. The participation of students is encouraged, given the defended principle of learning with high interaction between the teacher and the student.
The students will be encouraged to discuss concepts and ideas, promoting debate(s) between working groups and teacher.
Along the semester it should be prepared a practical work with a final presentation (individual or group in accordance with the structure and number of students enrolled) on some of the contents discussed on the course.

Evaluation method

At the end of the semester there will be a written test based on selected set of texts read in class and the syllabus taught during the lessons. These assessment elements have weightings of 35% (practical work), 55% (written assessment) and 10% (for student participation in activities and discussions developed during lessons).