Nordregio’s primary research focus and competence areas

As a strategic research institute, we are required to adjust our research competencies to meet the needs of our main stakeholders,  including the  Nordic  Council of  Ministers and the national and regional authorities responsible for regional development in the Nordic countries, Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands.

Focus areas include:

  • Regional Development
  • Rural Development
  • Urban Planning 
  • Demography
  • Governance 

The main focus areas are followed by 10 sub-research areas:

Other core competencies include mapping and GIS analysis (see our maps section), and communications and outreach.

Policy support

Nordregio is recognised and respected as a leading Nordic and European research institution within the broad research fields of urban and regional development studies. We primarily conduct solution-oriented and applied research, addressing current issues from both a research perspective and the viewpoint of policymakers and practitioners.

Nordregio works on commissioned projects that help policymakers and practitioners to tackle economic, social, planning and governance challenges.

This involves active participation in European, Nordic and national research programmes (e.g. ESPON, Horizon 2020, Interreg, NordForsk, and national research councils in the Nordic countries). We develop new knowledge and data, perform territorial analyses on a transnational and pan-European level, as well as conduct evaluations of various European and national support programmes.

Operating at the international, national, regional and local levels, Nordregio’s research covers a wide geographic scope, with an emphasis on the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions, Europe and the Arctic.