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Low-density territories face significant challenges in almost all developed countries. In fact, Korsgaard, Ferguson, and Gaddefors (2015, p. 11) argues that this territories are experiencing “the dark side of the unequal regional developments” since those face several structural challenges that affect their development and attractiveness in a declining cycle (OECD, 2006). Therefore, it is relevant to understand how to promote the development of those territories, especially in countries such as Portugal in which these territories are in a large majority. The few studies that assess the role of ecosystems in low-density territories has shown promising results.  Several studies (Korsgaard & Müller, 2015; Moreira & Martins, 2009; Sá, Casais, & Silva, 2018) have shown a positive spill-over effect in the community, territory and region, fostering the valorisation of local resources, economic and social development, and quality of life and, thus, overcoming the inequalities that affect these territories. In this session, I am planning to discuss the development of innovation ecosystems in low density territories in Portugal, as well as the role played by the different stakeholders, such as universities and local government.

About Ana Daniel

Ana Daniel is a professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where she has been lecturing courses on various subjects, such as entrepreneurship, innovation and project management, as well as a guest lecturer at International SEPT Program, Leipzig University, Germany. Also, she is a member of the Research Unit in Governance Competitiveness and Public Policies, and as a researcher her main interests are on management issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development. A number of publications have been produced in those areas, as well as several entrepreneurship prizes have been awarded due to her work in the development of technology-based spin-offs. She is/was also principal investigator of several national projects and European funded projects.

Ana Daniel

University of Aveiro



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