There is no one-size-fits-all approach to greening the growth path of an economy as this depends on place-based policy and institutional settings, level of development, resource endowments and particular environmental pressure points. This research proposal addresses the place-based, context-dependent nature of the shift to green growth in the Nordic countries by asking the question: where does the green economy grow? In addressing this question, we foreground the importance of innovation, new industry formation, and radical industry transformation.
The project is based on a mixed methods approach. Quantitative techniques will be applied to analyse the importance of human capital and technological specialisation for the greening of the economy. Qualitative case studies of Nordic regions will focus on the role of institutions and account for the diversity in Nordic regional green pathways. An important element here will be to distinguish between those successful practices that can be transferred between regions, and those which are context dependent.
- Funding: Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme € (see for more about the programme)
- Partners: Lund University, Sweden (project lead); Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Tampere, Finland; NIFU, Norway; SINTEF, Norway
- Six green growth projects approved for funding
Recreating spaces (RESPA) is a project lead by Into Seinäjoki Ltd. Its main objective is to develop a new type of urban development tool based on certain physical location. The result is a kind of development or innovation platform on which new products and services can be experimented. Sente is involved in the project by conducting a research section related to the whole project. It aims at analyzing and modelling the urban development tool and procedures.
Funding: Into Seinäjoki Ltd. / Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia / Regional Council of Tampere Region
The main objective is to expand and diversify research, innovation and development activities in South Ostrobothnia (Finland) by utilizing the regional research capacity and the idiosyncrasies of South Ostrobothnia’s scientific community. To achieve the main objective, new collaborative procedures and ways of action are created and experimented. The key idea is that these procedures can applied easily in several different contexts. The aim is to facilitate and speed up the use of scientific knowledge in the interface of applied research and development work (R&D).
Funding: Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia / Regional Council of Tampere Region
The CityC -project seeks to address contemporary challenges in the field of city/regional development studies by analysing the ways universities and cities could interact more strategically than often is the case. It, first, investigates the many roles universities have in economic development of cities by carrying out a meta-analysis of the existing evidence base. Second, the project analyzes the main development models constructed to support interaction between universities and various societal and economic actors, and third, it constructs an integrated model to support (a) strategic developmend work of University Properties of Finland Ltd, (b) rapidly evolving partnership between the three universities in Tampere (Tampere3), and (c) more broadly, futures oriented development work at the Finnish universities.
EmpInno-hanke tukee älykkään erikoistumisen strategioiden toteuttamista ja uudistamista Itämeren alueen keskikokoisilla alueilla. Hankkeessa on yhteensä 16 partneria ja 29 kumppaniorganisaatiota (esim. aluekehitysviranomaisia ja yrityskehitystoimijoita). EmpInno-hankke pyrkii tukemaan alueellisten innovaatiotoimijoiden organisatorisia kyvykkyyksiä älykkään erikoistumisen strategian toteutuksen ja uudistamisen tehostamiseksi. Sente toimii hankkeessa Etelä—Pohjanmaan liiton kumppanina älykkään erikoistumisen asiantuntija. Sente tukee maakunnan liiton työtä esimerkiksi kartoittamalla ja analysoimalla alueellisen innovaatiopolitiikan hyviä käytäntöjä.
Rahoitus: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme / Etelä-Pohjanmaan liitto
Leadership and Urban and Regional Development / Co-ordinated by Joyce Liddle, Teesside Business School, UK; John Diamond, Edge Hill University Business School, UK John Shutt, CURDS, University of Newcastle, UK; Oto Potluka, Economics University, Prague, Czech Republic; John Gibney, University of Birmingham, UK; Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University, Finland; Andrew Beer, University of Adelaide, Australia; Ina Horlings, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands
Understanding regional innovation policy dynamics: actors, agency and learning / Co-ordinated by Elvira Uyarra, Manchester Business School, England; James Wilson, University of Deusto, Spain; Markku Sotarauta, University of Tampere, Finland