# 13-107/VIII (2013-08-02)

Author(s)
Teresa de Noronha Vaz, University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal; Purificación Vicente Galindo, University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal; Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam
Keywords:
R&D and innovation, regional innovation systems, principal coordinates analysis, logistic biplot, Voronoi mapping, public policy
JEL codes:
Q55, Q16

This paper offers a new methodology to identify R&D and innovation clusters, on the basis of a regional analysis of innovation support systems in Portugal. Using a web-based inventory of R&D and innovation agencies, an extensive data base is created. This data set is next analyzed by means of Principal Coordinates Analysis followed by a Logistic Biplot approach (leading to Voronoi mappings) in order to design a systematic typology of innovation clusters in the main regions in Portugal. A striking result is the significant difference in innovation systems at regional level in Portugal. The paper is concluded with policy recommendations.