Sotarauta, M. 2019. Combinatorial Power and Place Leadership. Sente Working Papers 45/2019. Tampere University; Tampere.
Sotarauta, M. & Suvinen, N. 2019. Place leadership and the challenge of transformation: policy platforms and innovation ecosystems in promotion of green growth. European Planning Studies. doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1634006
Sotarauta, M. & Suvinen, N. (2019) Towards Generative Place Leadership: Policy Platforms and Innovation Ecosystems in Promotion of Green Growth. Sente Working Papers 44/2019. Tampere University; Tampere.
Beer, A., Ayres, S., Clower, T., Faller, F., Sancino, A. & Sotarauta, M. 2019. Place leadership and regional economic development: a framework for cross-regional analysis. Regional Studies, 53:2, 171-182.
Sotarauta, M. 2018. Place leadership for Regional Innovation. Sente Working Papers 43/2018. Faculty of Management, University of Tampere; Tampere.
The 13th Regional Innovation Policies Conference, October 11-12, 2018
- Kahilaniemi, S. Buying Witty Cities: Keys of success via Innovative Public Procurement
- Sotarauta, M. & Suvinen, N. How Does the Green Economy Grow? Place Leadership for Green Path Development.
- Østergaard, C.R., Holm, J.R., Iversen, E., Schubert, T., Skålholt, A. & Sotarauta, M. Green skills and environmental innovations in the Nordic countries.
- Isaksen A., Sotarauta, M., Fitjar, R. & Lawton-Smith, H. The RIS Book. Keynote presentation.
Beer, A., Ayres, S., Clower, T., Faller, F., Sancino, A. & Sotarauta, M. (2018). Place leadership and regional economic development: a framework for cross-regional analysis. Regional Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2018.1447662.
The Regional Studies Association international network on place-based leadership incorporates the leadership question (the ‘human touch’) more centrally within the debates around the nature of ‘effective’ urban and regional development. The overall aim of the network is to surface new leadership approaches in/for urban and regional development. The network is a community of scholars who are studying place-based leadership in various ways, from several perspectives and using different methods.
The aim of the website is to foster the discussion of place-based leadership, in all its variants, and open it to all people who are interested in this topic.
A research group consisting of researchers from Sweden, Finland and Norway will begin analysing factors that affect the development of Nordic regions in the long term.
The aim of the study is to identify why some regions clearly develop better than others while some regions are worse off despite having relatively similar structures. In addition, the aim is to provide information on how different regional needs can be taken into account better in development activities.
“We will combine structural elements, on the one hand, and explanatory models that emphasise agency on the other and test the explanatory power of our theory in Sweden, Norway and Finland,” says Professor Markku Sotarauta from the University of Tampere.
“We are addressing the fundamental question about the relationship between structures and agency and it will be interesting to see where the study will lead us. We will also ask which factors are directing development strategies and who is leading them, if anyone,” Sotarauta says. He will direct research on institutions and leadership in the project.
There is an obvious social demand for such research even though it arises from a gap in the theoretical foundation of the field. The spatial structure is rapidly centralising making differences between regions that are strongly involved in the knowledge-intensive network economy and other regions rapidly grow globally.
Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki are strong, but smaller urban areas and rural areas are finding it increasingly difficult to find their place in today’s economic developments.
“The problem is that the debate on regional development is easily politicised and the analysis on regional development dynamics too often remains overlaid with easy generalisations and simplifying regional rankings,” Sotarauta explains.
The Swedish Länsförsäkringar forskningsfond -foundation has granted the research project titled “Regional Growth against all the Odds: The Driving Forces of Long-term Growth in Nordic Regions (ReGrow)” over a million euros. The research consortium comprises researchers from Lund University, the University of Tampere, the University of Stavanger and BI Norwegian Business School from Bergen.
“In recent years, research funders’ main focus has been on topical themes and issues that underlie economic and regional development have largely been ignored. On the one hand, the emphasis has been on the rapid utilisation of research results in companies and, on the other, attention has for quite understandable reasons been paid to such weighty current issues as refugees,” Sotarauta points out.
“Fortunately, there are many sources of funding in the world. The Swedish funding will enable long-term concentration on our own research agenda instead of meeting immediate needs or following fashionable trends, which Finnish financiers now seem to emphasise. Together with the funding for the GONST –project from the Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme of NordForsk, ReGrow will form an excellent undertaking. We will next try to expand our consortium with funding from the EU and the Australian Research Council,” Sotarauta continues.