Issues of governance and policy cut across all aspects of research that Nordregio is involved in. But on this page, you can learn about our latest projects related specifically to issues of governance.
Regional Economic and Social Resilience
Regional resilience has become a hot topic for policy-making, with assistance regarding social and economic transformation at the core of the debate. The Regional Economic and Social Resilience project focuses on identifying what shocks the Nordic regions are particularly vulnerable to and how to strengthen resilience, both to anticipate and react to these disturbances. Find our more about the project.
Digitalisation as a tool for sustainable Nordic regional development
Digital technologies have the potential to dramatically transform our lives. Despite this, research providing direct insight into regional governance in the digital age is limited. This project seeks to address this gap, exploring the priorities, challenges and opportunities regions face when working with digitalisation. Find our more about the project.
The potential of Smart Specialisation for enhancing innovation and resilience in Nordic regions
Drafting Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (S3) has become an ex ante condition to access the EU Structural Funds for the 2014-2020 program period. Find out more about the project.
ESPON Cross-border Public Services
A European-wide survey will be developed to collect coherent data on the implementation of cross-border public services (CPS) in Europe. Find out more about the project.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) support programmes that contribute to the European Union’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Find out more about Common Indicators.
The project analyzes the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the local level in the Nordic countries.
In September 2017, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) adopted the Generation 2030 programme that will facilitate co-operation on the challenges faced jointly by the Nordic countries in achieving the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about Agenda 2030.
The project ESPON BRIDGES will analyse territories with geographical specificities (TGS) in Europe, such as mountain regions, islands, sparsely populated areas and coastal areas. Nordregio will conduct the social and cultural assessment involved in this analysis and contribute with the policy recommendations. Find out more about ESPON BRIDGES.
MAMBA (Maximised Mobility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change)
The MAMBA project aims to promote sustainable “people-to-service” and “service-to-people” mobility solutions in rural areas, and involve users in the innovation process. MAMBA is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. Find out more about MAMBA.
Evaluation of Åland “Entrepreneurship and Competence” Programme 2014-2020
The aim is to improve the quality of the Åland’s “Entrepreneurship and Competence” programme implementation and to assess its effectiveness and impact. The assignment is done in close cooperation with the programme’s administrative authority (The Government of Åland). Find out more about the project.
The EUSBSR SUPPORT project aims to provide an individual, organisational and structural support to the Policy Area Coordinators / Horizontal Action Coordinators. Find out more about EURSBSR SUPPORT.
Nordic Economic Policy Review
Nordic Economic Policy Review (NEPR) was launched by the Ministers of Finance in 2009. The Review aims to make the latest research more accessible to decision makers and encourage wider discussion of economic policy in the region by highlighting Nordic issues and challenges. Find out more about Nordic Economic Policy Review.
ESPON COMPASS (2016-2018)
Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe (COMPASS) is an ESPON Applied Research Project, which will provide an authoritative comparative report on territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe. The project will substantially improve the knowledge based on territorial governance and spatial planning, and in particular, their role in the formulation and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy. Find out more about ESPON COMPASS.
ESPON Financial Instruments
The aim of this study is to examine and assess the impact and added value of European Structural and Investment Funds’ financial instruments on EU territorial cohesion policy. Find out more about ESPON Financial Instruments.
GRETA – Green infrastructure: enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services for territorial development
The collaborative ESPON project GRETA aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for enhancing green infrastructures to benefit territorial development in different European regions and cities. Find our more about GRETA.
Enhancing labour opportunities for women in the Nordic countries
Comparative study between policies and practices applied in three small or medium-sized cities in the Nordic countries, in Sweden, Iceland and Finland. Find out more about the project.
Advancing the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic Region (BioWiseTrans)
In the long run the aim is to maintain and develop a unique transdisciplinary (interdisciplinary and inclusive of stakeholders) network to study and propel the transition towards a new primarily land and biomass-based bioeconomy. Find out more about BioWiseTrans.
RELOCAL (Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development)
Location matters. Where one is born and raised (still) determines to a considerable extent one’s opportunities and constrictions and it also impacts on one’s personality. After a long period of catching-up for most of the disadvantaged regions, inequalities among regions within Member States are now growing again. Find out more about RELOCAL.
Nordic collaboration for integration of refugees and migrants
In June 2016, the Ministers for Nordic Collaboration decided to establish a new collaboration programme for effective integration and inclusion of refugees and immigrants in the Nordic countries. The aim of the programme is to increase the efficiency of Nordic integration practices. Find out more about the project.
BSR Stars S3 – Smart specialization in bio-, circular and digital economy in the Baltic Sea Region
The concept of smart specialisation has challenged European regions to establish innovation driven development strategies that focus on areas of strength and competitive advantage. The BSR Stars S3 project seeks to enhance growth opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on the bio-/circular and digital economy fields. The main objective is to improve capacities of the regions to implement regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) through tools and methods that engage bio- and circular business and research, support management of innovation processes and enhance transnational cooperation opportunities. Find out more about BSR Stars S3.
HIGHER – Better Policy Instruments for High Innovation Projects in the European Regions
Nine European institutions collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of HIGHER. The project has the objective to improve the innovation framework and the smart specialization strategy of different EU regions. Find out more about HIGHER.
Baltic Urban Lab – Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield Development
Regeneration of brownfield sites is often considered both an opportunity and a challenge by cities. The Baltic Urban Lab project develops and tests new ways of planning brownfield areas in Central Baltic region focusing on the potential of integrated planning and improved partnerships between public and private actors and citizens, also known as Public-Private-People partnerships or PPP-partnerships. Find out more about Baltic Urban Lab.
ASUS Arctic Sustainability
This project brings together an international team of experts from seven Arctic countries to develop an interdisciplinary synthesis and assess the state of knowledge about Arctic sustainability and sustainable development. ASUS will build on the IPY knowledge base and its follow-up projects to provide a comprehensive, inclusive and transdisciplinary synthesis and outline the contours of emerging Arctic sustainability science. ASUS will contribute to conceptual, applied and educational aspects of Arctic sustainable development. Find out more about ASUS.
Södertörnsmodellen is a collaborative project between academia, public and private stakeholders to promote sustainable urban development. The project has developed a model of cooperation opportunities between municipalities (public sector), businesses and academia for attractive, co-productive and knowledge-driven urban development. Find out more about Södertörnsmodellen.