“Brazil – The Natural Knowledge Economy”

The British organization Demos, a London-based think tank argues that Brazil is a ‘natural knowledge-economy’ where the “intertwining of knowledge, skills and innovation with environmental and other natural assets holds the key to competitive advantage.”

The report, which was first published in 2008 and can be downloaded from here, is part of The Atlas of Ideas, a research programme on the new geography of science and innovation. The project, led by Kirsten Bound, was conducted in partnership with the Brasilia-based think thank Center for Management and Strategic Studies (CGEE), and looks at how the Brazilian economy is becoming innovative and competitive, combining its knowledge base with its natural resources. According to the study, Brazil challenges the prevailing logic that economies based on natural resources and knowledge occupy two extremes of the axis of economic development. It also points out that in Brazil, research and technology are often connected to natural wealth, thus characterizing a natural knowledge economy. In Brazil, says the study “increased competition in science and technology is not separate or in opposition to natural resources, but integrally linked to them.”

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