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

27 October 11.45-13.15, lunch seminar with Hólmfríður Bjarnadóttir 


Hólmfríður is a former Nordregian, a certified town planner who has broad and varied experience in the field of environmental  planning and impact assessment, including work as a researcher, EIA consultant, executive director at the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste, chair of OCED working group Forum on Stakeholder Confidence, section head at Iceland´s  National planning agency and currently, manager of planning at Veitur Utilities. 

Hólmfríður worked at Nordregio 1999 – 2006 and built up the Nordic EIA Centre* and conducted research in the field of environmental assessment and land use planning with focus on EU iniatitives.  In her talk, Hólmfríður will examine the experience of implementing environmental initiatives in land use planning – taking a starting point in the first European directives aimed at creating a baseline for dealing with environmental requirements in land use planning introducing new concepts such as Environmental Impact Assessment and sustainability. The talk will be illustrated with snapshots of hands-on implementation of those initiatives in different contexts and  will conclude with reflection on trends and achievements. 

* with Tuija Hilding-Rydevik


5 December 11.30-13.30, lunch seminar with Ole Damsgaard
Ole is a former director of Nordregio who is currently working as Head of Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme Secretariat.


Past events

8 September, lunch seminar with Tuija Hilding-Rydevik

"Environmental issues are far from reality"

15 May, lunch seminar with Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith

 'Experimental culture as part of evidence-informed policy in Finland', and reflections on the transition between employment at Nordregio and next/current workplace.

21 April, lunch seminar with Kai Böhme and Erik Gløersen

 The experience from the European consultancy sector to life at Nordregio

17 March, lunch seminar with Hallgeir Allbu

Regional policy and regional reforms in Norway