Roundtable on Smart Specialisation and Local Development
A roundtable on Smart Specialisation and Local Development organised by the JRC (Lagging Regions Project) as part of the 2017 International Conference on Local Development, hosted by the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal (25-7 May 2017).
The Territorial Agenda of the European Union 2020 (2011) states that the use of social capital, territorial assets, and the development smart specialisation strategies can play a key role in strengthening local economies and enhancing their contribution to overall development goals.
This roundtable thus aimed to explore how capabilities can be built for local development actors to link their own strategies to wider trends in research and innovation in a regional, national and European smart specialisation context. It also sought to examine S3 governance in terms of the level and variety of actors engaged in S3 design and implementation, as well as the central importance of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process.
These issues of smart specialisation and local development are particularly important for less developed regions where these capabilities are much weaker, and the roundtable was designed both to draw on and feed into the ongoing JRC Lagging Regions project.
Moderated by Mark Boden (JRC), the panel comprised five representatives from both national and regional public administration, universities and business:
- Paolo Casalino, Region Puglia, Italy.
- Hugo Pinto, University of Coimbra & University of Algarve, Portugal
- António Ramos, AD&C - Cohesion and Development Agency, Portugal
- Artur da Rosa Pires, University of Aveiro, Portugal
- Antonio Viader, Auren Baleares, Spain
Following an introduction by Mark Boden on relevant JRC activities, the five panellists were asked to make a first contribution to the roundtable on the basis of their experience in S3, identifying critical elements and topics deserving additional attention. This generated a number of questions for debate:
- How to promote the engagement of entrepreneurial knowledge in RIS3 processes on a local basis?
- How best to ensure full and appropriate stakeholder engagement in effective S3 governance?
- How can national, regional and sub-regional governments learn together in a trial-and-error process of experimentation?
- How can HEIs engage effectively with the local context and enhance S3 implementation?
- How to ensure that S3 implementation is relevant for local strategies?