What happens if a new mine opens, a new industry is developed or an old one dies out? How can a remote, sparsely populated community respond to major socioeconomic changes like that? And what tools are needed to prepare for and handle such a challenge?
The REGINA flagship conference in Rovaniemi on 11 and 12 September 2018, will try to give answers to these and many other questions to the challenges faced by small Northern and Arctic communities.
For the past three years REGINA has developed a platform of tools and know-how on how remote and sparsely populated communities can better prepare themselves for large-scale developments such as e.g. new mining projects or energy sector initiatives.
Based on the widely used concept of local smart specialisation, Regina has developed a framework for setting up local strategies to maximise resources and avoid potential conflicts when faced with such challenges, to better anticipate future developments and retain business benefits in the local community.
Related Research Projects
- REGINA Policy brief 2017:1: Local Smart Specialisation: a strategy for remote communities with large-scale resource-based industries
- Local land use planning: Guidance on spatial data, geographic information systems and foresight in the Arctic
- Local smart specialisation: a step-by-step guide to social impact management in remote communities with resource-based economies