Social Innovation and the Process of Urban Revitalization of the Metropolitan Area of Bilbao

By Alvaro Luna Garcia and Alfonso Unceta Satrustegui.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to analyze and describe how the key economic, political, social and cultural changing factors that have influenced the urban revitalization process of the Metropolitan Area of Bilbao in the last 20 years can be studied and understood as social innovations. After the industrial crisis of the 1980s the MAB has experienced major social changes that have not only transformed the image of the area, but also redirected its old industrial structure into a new development model that is framed in the competitive logics of the New Economy. These changes have had important -positive and negative- consequences in the socioeconomic structure and development of the actual MAB, and are strongly influencing its’ future growth by introducing in the process, new economic, political and social challenges.

Keywords: Social Innovation, Urban Renewal, Social Change, Governance, Crisis

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.161-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 818.445KB).

Alvaro Luna Garcia

Universidad del Pais Vasco, Department of Sociology, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Ph.D sociology candidate. University of the Basque Country

Alfonso Unceta Satrustegui

Department of Sociology, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Professor of Sociology. University of the Basque Country

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