Lukas Smas from Nordregio together with Johan Wänström from the Centre for Municipality Studies at Linköping University present a study on how to organize regional development based on the experience in Region Östergötland, in Sweden.
There are many ongoing policy experiments and reforms on how to organize regional development across the Nordics. In Norway, for example, there is an ongoing regional and municipal reform. Finland is conducting experiments with the new city-regions. Many regions in Sweden are in a process of incorporating the responsibility of regional development in new so-called Regions. A key issue is to understand what the relation between municipalities and the regions is.
In a project lead by the Centre for Municipality Studies (CRS) at Linköping University, the relations between, and expectations of municipalities and regions are investigated focusing on the process of integrating regional development responsibilities in a new regional organization. Nordregio is contributing with a literature review and a Nordic outlook. Lukas Smas, a human geographer from Nordregio, and Johan Wänström, a political scientist at CRS, are approaching the region both as a functional geographical territory and as a governmental administrative institution.
The conference on Sustainable Regional Development, organized by Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL), Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) and Statistics Sweden (SCB), focuses on mobility and dynamics of local and regional development. Speakers from all around Sweden will share the latest research and ideas about migration, education, labour market and the improvements of life quality in the regions.