Nordic thematic group for innovative and resilient regions publishes three discussion papers

The Nordic thematic group for innovative and resilient regions has published three discussion papers on digitalisation, smart specialisation and economic and social resilience.

This is done as part of the ongoing work to put the Nordic co-operation Programme for Regional Development and Planning 2017-2020, of which the thematic group is part, into action. The purpose of the papers is to introduce in-depth studies already after the completion of the knowledge overview part of the research process and to engage Nordic stakeholders with the three studies at an earlier stage.

Thus, the three discussion papers have been made publicly available to encourage engagement with Nordregio’s research while it is still in progress.

Nordregio welcomes constructive feedback on the paper and hopes that this open process will ultimately contribute to a better result.

Digitalisation as a tool for sustainable Nordic regional development: Preliminary literature and policy review explores digitalisation in Nordic regions. The discussion paper develops a common understanding of digitalisation in the context of sustainable Nordic regional development and gives an overview of digitalisation policies at the EU and Nordic national levels. In order to provide the feedback, please contact Linda Randall.

The potential of Smart Specialisation for enhancing innovation and resilience in Nordic regions: Preliminary literature and policy review provides a knowledge and policy overview of smart specialisation in the Nordic Region. The discussion paper gives a systematic overview of how the Nordic regions have adopted and adapted the concept of smart specialisation in their respective regional innovation strategies. In order to provide the feedback, please contact Iryna Krystensen.

Regional Economic and Social Resilience: Conceptual Debate and Implications for Nordic Regions explores regional resilience in Nordic countries by studying how regional authorities, companies and the society at large react and respond to economic and social shocks and disturbances. The report also identifies what measures regional authorities are taking to prepare for shocks and unwanted developments. In order to provide the feedback, please contact Alberto Giacometti.

The final report on the three Nordic in-depth studies will be available in late 2018 at