SOTA Review

Identifying Clusters – A Review of Methodological Approaches. SOTA No 9

Although a seemingly intuitive concept, the identification of clusters involves a number of complexities linked to (1) the cluster definition (the industry boundaries) and (2) the spatial determination of clusters.
Over the last 20 years, researchers have proposed a range of methods to address both aspects.
The choice of cluster identification method will depend on the policy question, geographical context, type of industries under investigation and, importantly, data availability.

Associated Themes
  • Productivity and performance