Invation, Networks and Learning Regions? address key issues of understanding in contemporary ecomic geography and local ecomic policy making in cities and regions in the advanced ecomies. Developing the idea that invation is the primary driving force behind ecomic change and growth, the international range of contributors stress the importance of kwledge and information as the 'raw materials' of invation. They examine the ways in which these elements may be acquired and linked through networks, and demonstrate that there are empirical examples of invative areas which do t have highly developed networks yet appear to be relatively successful in terms of local ecomic growth. In so doing, they raise crucial questions about the ways in which regions or localities might be described as truly 'learning' areas, and about the sustainability of future ecomic and quality of life success based on invation and high-techlogy.