Industrial Transition

Supporting the adaptation of Smart Specialisation Strategies to the needs of industrial transitions

Industrial Transition

JRC work on industrial transitions supports the adaptation of Smart Specialisation Strategies to the needs of industrial transitions. A particular of focus of this work are the twin green and digital transitions foreseen by the European Green Deal.

Industrial Transition

The Working Group on Understanding and Managing Industrial Transitions 

This Working Group was launched by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2019 within the frame of the project ‘Targeted Support to RIS3 in Lagging Regions’, to support regional (and where appropriate national) authorities facing major industrial transitions by charting actionable paths towards employment-intensive economic growth. More specifically, the Working Group aims to inform the development of appropriate "Actions to Manage Industrial Transitions", as stipulated in fulfilment criterion No.6 of the enabling condition of good governance foreseen in the next multi-annual financing period of the EU Structural Funds (without prejudice to the final decision of the European Commission). 

Working Group publications


POINT reviews: an overview
​​​​​​​This brief provides an overview of the POINT methodology ((Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions), that proposes a systematic approach to the framing, procedure and conduct of industrial reviews and transition management.

Citation: Marques Santos, A., Pontikakis, D. and Boden, J.M., POINT reviews: an overview, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-35939-5, doi:10.2760/985537, JRC124822.
"Towards a transformative Smart Specialisation Strategy: lessons from Catalonia, Bulgaria and Greece" by Elisabetta Marinelli (JRC), Tatiana Fernández (Directorate-General for Economic Promotion, Competition and Regulation of Catalonia), Dimitrios Pontikakis (JRC). JRC Science for Policy Report, EUR 30642 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-32262-7, doi:10.2760/286969, JRC124128.

​​​​​​​"POINT review of Industrial Transition of Bulgaria" by Ruslan Stefanov (ARC Fund), Patries Boekholt (Innovation Policy Matters), Dimitrios Pontikakis (JRC). JRC Science for Policy Report,EUR 30643 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-32322-8, doi:10.2760/241737, JRC123901.

"POINT review of Industrial Transition of Greece" by Matthijs Janssen (Utrecht University), Yannis Tolias (Innovatia Systems), Dimitrios Pontikakis (JRC). JRC Science for Policy Report, EUR 30620 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-31140-9, doi:10.2760/321029, JRC124002. 
Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions (POINT): Concepts, rationales and methodological guidelines for territorial reviews of industrial transition” (2020) by Dimitrios Pontikakis (JRC), Tatiana Fernandez (Generalitat de Catalunya), Matthijs Janssen (Utrecht University), Ken Guy (Wise Guys Ltd), Anabela Marques Santos (JRC), Mark Boden (JRC),  Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello (JRC). JRC Science for Policy Report, EUR 30375 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-22152-4, doi:10.2760/590389, JRC121439.

Working Group participants

The Working Group comprises JRC staff, the partner authorities, an Advisory Board and external experts engaged in reviews of industrial transition, coordinated by Ken Guy (Chair) and Prof. Erik Arnold (Rapporteur). 
Regional authorities National authorities
Andalucía (Spain)
Western Macedonia (Greece)
All regions (Romania)
Catalonia  [own resources] (Spain)
Ministry of Development (Greece)
Council of Ministers (Bulgaria)
Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment and other ministries with iinputs in S3 (Romania)
Experts conducting reviews
Patries BOEKHOLT, Innovation Policy Matters
Matthijs JANSSEN, Utrecht University
Totti KÖNNÖLÄ, Insight Foresight Institute
Yannis TOLIAS, Innovatia Systems
Christos EMMANOUILIDIS, Cranfield University
Gabriela PIRVU, Romanian Clusters Association
Mircea PETREA, ElfNet
Advisory board
Effie AMANATIDOU, University of Manchester, UK
Bjørn ASHEIM, Circle, Lund University, Sweden
Mario CERVANTES, OECD, STI Directorate, France
Tatiana FERNÁNDEZ SIRERA, Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain
Ian HUGHES, University College Cork, Ireland
Gernot HUTSCHENREITER, OECD, STI Directorate, France
Rene KEMP, University of Maastricht and UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands
Pietro MONCADA-PATERNÒ-CASTELLO, EC DG Joint Research Centre, Spain
Joe RAVETZ, University of Manchester, UK
Johan SCHOT, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary

Working Group events

Plenary Meetings

Two meetings of the group have taken place to date, in July 2019 and in December 2019. A third meeting, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and took place online on the 14 and 15 of July. Our next Working Group meeting is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

Dissemination and stakeholder engagement events

​​​​​​​Other events

Industrial Transition reviews

The industrial transition reviews are the core activity of the Working Group. They follow the POINT methodology  that draws on expertise on system innovation and transition management, foresight, industrial policy and innovation governance.