Local smart specialisation: Why is it useful?

REGINA project has released its first  policy brief: "Local Smart Specialisation: a strategy for remote communities with large-scale resource-based industries".

Smart specialisation is the new regional innovation policy concept that is expected to provide EU regions with innovation, investments and jobs based on regional capabilities and assets. But is the smart specialisation concept also applicable for communities in remote and sparsely populated areas? Would a local smart specialisation approach that is complementary to a regional strategy provide added value to communities that often have less capacity to mobilise community resources for strategic planning?

The REGINA project provides a laboratory of fi ve northern communities to explore the issue. Read more about REGINA on the project website: www.reginaproject.eu

The policy brief can be found here: www.nordregio.se/reginapb_2017_1