Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation

Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation

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Edited by Jill L. Grant
Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
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With the growth of knowledge-based economies, cities across the globe must compete to attract and retain the most talented workers. Seeking Talent for Creative Cities offers a comprehensive and insightful analysis of the diverse, dynamic factors that affect cities’ ability to achieve this goal.

Based on a comparative national study of 16 Canadian cities, this volume systematically evaluates the concerns facing workers operating in a range of creative endeavours. It draws on interviews, surveys, and census data collected over a six-year research program conducted by experts in business, public policy, urban studies, and communications studies to identify the characteristics and features of particular city-regions that influence these workers’ mobility and satisfaction. Seeking Talent for Creative Cities represents a rigorously empirical test of popular wisdom on the true relationship between urban development and economic competitiveness.

Jill L. Grant is a professor in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University.

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Preface. Jill L Grant (Dalhousie University)

Part I: Seeking Talent for Innovation

Chapter 1. Attracting and Retaining Talent: Evidence from Canada’s City-Regions.
Meric S. Gertler (University of Toronto), Kate Geddie (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada), Carolyn Hatch (University of Toronto), and Josephine V. Rekers (Lunds University)

Chapter 2. Attracting and Retaining Talent in Canadian Cities: Towards a Holistic View?
Tara Vinodrai (University of Waterloo)

Part II: Attracting Creative Sector Workers

Chapter 3. Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Diversity, and Inclusion: Attracting and Retaining Artistic Talent in Toronto.
Deborah Leslie (University of Toronto), Mia A. Hunt (Royal Holloway University of London), and Shauna Brail (University of Toronto)

Chapter 4. Screenwriters in Toronto: Centre, Periphery, and Exclusionary Networks in Canadian Screen Storytelling.
Charles H. Davis (Ryerson University), Jeremy Shtern (University of Ottawa), Michael Coutanche (Ryerson University), and Elizabeth Godo (Ryerson University)

Chapter 5. Satisfaction Guaranteed? Individual Preferences, Experiences, and Mobility.
Brian Hracs (Uppsala University) and Kevin Stolarick (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)

Chapter 6. “Those Hermit Artists”: Musical Talent on the Edge of the Continent.
Jill L Grant (Dalhousie University), Jeffry Haggett (Dalhousie University), and Jesse Morton (Dalhousie University)

Part III: Attracting High Technology Workers

Chapter 7. Attracting Knowledge Workers and the Creative City Paradigm: Can We Plan for Talent in Montreal?
Sébastien Darchen (The University of Queensland) and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Chapter 8. Talent, Tolerance, and Community in Saskatoon
Peter W.B. Phillips (University of Saskatchewan) and Graeme Webb (Simon Fraser University)

Chapter 9. Exploring “Creative” Talent in a Natural Resource-Based Centre: The Case of Calgary
Camille D. Ryan (University of Saskatchewan), Ben Li (University of Calgary) and Cooper H. Langford (University of Calgary)

Part IV: Seeking Talent for Small Cities

Chapter 10. Kingston and St John’s: The Role of Relative Location in Talent Attraction and Retention
Josh Lepawsky (Memorial University), Heather Hall (Memorial University), and Betsy Donald (Queen’s University)

Chapter 11. Small Cities as Talent Accelerators: Talent Mobility and Knowledge Flows in Moncton
Yves Bourgeois (University of Moncton)

Part V: Innovating in Talent Attraction

Chapter 12. What Does the Creative Class Approach Add to the Study of Talent, Creativity, and Innovation in Canadian City-Regions?
Bjørn T. Asheim (Lunds University)

“Written by the crème de la crème of Canadian economic and urban geography, Seeking Talent for Creative Cities presents the results of cutting-edge research on the relationship between creativity and cities within the Canadian context. Based on thorough and original research, the volume contains a wealth of information on how Canadian cities cope with the shift to an economy based on innovation.”

Robert C. Kloosterman, Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, University of Amsterdam

“A strong contribution to the literature, Seeking Talent for Creative Cities provides much-needed solid empirical data, both qualitative and quantitative, in a field that is otherwise lacking in empirical evidence.”

Henrik Mattsson, Senior Consultant, SWECO Group

Atlantic Planning Institute 2014 Planning Excellence Award - Special Research Study Category (Canada) - Winner in 2014