Nordregio celebrates 20 years anniversary together with a series of lunch seminars

Nordregio celebrates its jubilee with a series of lunch seminars together with guest speakers from Nordregio's past and future. Lunch seminars take place at Nordregio, in Stockholm throughout the year. Nordregio alumni and partners are warmly welcome to partcipate the lunch seminars by signing up beforehand to

Nordregio started the series of lunch seminars with Hallgeir Aalbu, who was the first Director of Nordregio (1997-2004) and Chairman of the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Regional Policy (EK-R), currently working at the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation in Norway. Now he returns to Nordregio to reflect on 20 years of regional development research - and what needs to be done to create sustainable regions in the future.


Upcoming Nordregio jubilee lunch seminars 2017


21 April 11.45-13.15, lunch seminar with Kai Böhme and Erik Gløersen

Kai Böhme and Erik Gløersen are two former Nordregio colleagues who work today at Spatial Foresight, a small private consultancy with staff located in Luxembourg, Germany, France and Spain. Böhme and Gløersen will compare the experience from the European consultancy sector to life at Nordregio. Gløersen will specifically focus on insights and reflections from his recent work on areas with geographical specificities in Europe. Böhme will address his experience working in-between analysis & knowledge generation (research) and decision making processes at European level and policy advise. They will conclude sharing reflections on transition from Nordregio to Spatial Foresight, via ESPON and the university of Geneva.

Böhme (2002): Nordic Echoes of European Spatial Planning, Nordregio Report 2002:8 (available at:

Gløersen (2005): Northern peripheral, sparsely populated regions in the European Union, Nordregio Report 2005:4 (available at:

Gløersen & Böhme  (2011): Storylines on Territorial Cohesion, Nordregio News 1 (available at:

15 May 11.45-13.15, lunch seminar with Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith

Anna-Kaisa is a former Nordregian who is currently working at the Prime Minister’s Office in Finland with issues related to the evidence informed policy-making and the “experimental Finland”. She will give a presentation on ‘Experimental culture as part of evidence-informed policy in Finland’, as well as share some reflections on the transition between employment at Nordregio and next/current workplace.

On recent work on experimental government and policy design in Finland:

- Design for Government:

- Funding Experiments:

- Finland as a Knowledge Economy 2.0,

- Evaluation of the Strategic Centres for Science, technology and Innovation


Past events

17 March 11.00-12.30, lunch seminar with Hallgeir Allbu

Regional policy and regional reforms in Norway