Industry–academic links: a new phase in Ireland’s FDI-led industrialisation strategy

Paulina Ramirez*, James H. Love, Priit Vahter

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We analyse industry–academic links in the context of a dual economy (or disarticulated industrial structure) in Ireland, as an example of a peripheral territory in the EU. The duality found in the Irish industrial structure is the result of a FDI-led industrialisation strategy which has resulted in two distinct economic sectors – foreign and indigenous, respectively – with weak interactions between the two. Through increased public funding of academic research, the Irish government aimed to attract and embed new waves of higher-value foreign direct investment and increase the dynamism of its indigenous enterprise base. Based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, the paper analyses a crucial aspect of Ireland’s recent emphasis on STI policy – industry-academic linkages – and finds that the measures introduced reproduce in the public research system the uneven development found in Ireland’s productive system between indigenous industry and the foreign-owned industrial base.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Bibliographical note



  • Dual economy
  • foreign direct investment
  • industry-academic links
  • Ireland
  • science and technology policy


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