Coffee Break With Researchers – Markku Sotarauta: Smart specialization and place leadership

The concept of smart specialization has rapidly acquired a central position in European policy and academic circles. It raises interesting challenges for the regional studies agenda. First, smart specialization is about not only policy formulation, implementation and evaluation but also pooling scattered resources, competencies and powers to serve both shared and individual ambitions. Thus, policy […]

Coffee Break with Researchers – Cristina Chaminade: Path Renewal and Creation in Regional Innovation

Chaminade C., Bellandi M., Plechero M. & Santini E. (2019) Understanding processes of path renewal and creation in thick specialized regional innovation systems. Evidence from two textile districts in Italy and Sweden. European Planning Studies, 1-17. Abstract: The type of regional innovation system (RIS) strongly affects possibilities of paths of industrial transformation. This paper argues […]

Coffee Break with Researchers – Rhiannon Pugh: Economic development in lagging regions

Pugh R. (2017) Universities and economic development in lagging regions: ‘Triple helix’ policy in Wales. Regional studies, 51(7), 982-993. Universities and economic development in lagging regions: ‘triple helix’ policy in Wales. Regional Studies. This paper considers the applicability and relevance of triple helix-based policy and theory, in the weaker region context of Wales, where the […]