Sustainable development of the Nordic region is dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship at the regional and local level. Nordic regions are part of an open global economy, but also base much of their growth on local commodities and resources. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to the regional innovation.
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 out more about GRETA.
Innovative and Resilient Regions
The Nordic thematic group for innovative and resilient regions 2017-2020 aims to develop policies and new solutions to the challenges that the Nordic regions face when it comes to resilience, innovative capacity and skills provision, while focusing on green transition, smart specialisation and digitalisation. Find out more about the thematic group for innovative and resilient regions.
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 out more about the project.
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 out more about the project.
Sino-European innovative green and smart cities (SiEUGreen)
SiEUGreen aspires to enhance the EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities. Nordregio is leader of the work package: “Support to Institutional and Social Structures for creating resilient cities with urban agriculture” and contributes to other working papers as well. Find out more about SiEUGreen.
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. HIGHER will analyse and exchange experiences and good practices on the management and implementation of regional policy instruments designed to promote the innovation projects under the collaboration between research centers, industry and public authorities. Find out more about HIGHER.
Social Green – Regional Policies towards Greening the Social Housing Sector
The Social Green project intends to address the issue of green social housing in order to contribute to reduce the GHG emissions as well as to reduce the fuel poverty indicators in EU regions towards a lower carbon economy. Find out more about Social Green.
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.
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.
REGINA – Regional Innovation in the Nordic Arctic and Scotland with a special focus on regions with large-scale projects. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability and increase the preparedness of small communities in remote and sparsely populated areas of the Nordic Arctic and Scotland towards the development – or closing-down – of large-scale, resource-based industries. Find out more about REGINA.
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
ESPON Cross-border Public Services
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 Cross-border Public Services.
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.
Small and medium-sized cities in the Nordic and Arctic regions
While researchers and policy-makers have mainly been interested in larger cities and urban regions, smaller cities have received considerably less attention. With this background in mind, this project focuses on small and medium-sized cities in the Nordic and Arctic contexts. Find out 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.
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 EUSBSR SUPPORT.
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 (2016-2018).
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 Arctic Sustainability.