Industrial transition Industrial transition

Understanding and Managing Industrial Transitions is a Working Group launched by the JRC (Joint Research Centre) within the frame of the project RIS3 Support to Lagging Regions that aims to support regional (and where appropriate national) authorities facing major industrial transitions by charting actionable paths towards employment-intensive economic growth.

The core activity of the Working Group are the reviews of industrial transition following a common methodology (POINT, Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transition) that draws on expertise on system innovation/transition management, foresight, industrial policy and innovation governance. The reviews focus on an industrial theme of growing global importance suggested by the relevant territorial authorities to collect evidence and examine the scope for developing adequate territorial responses that harness cross-portfolio complementarities and cross-stakeholder coordination

In each territory under review and for an industrial theme suggested by the authorities the final report will:

  • Map the affected orientation, resource mobilisation, production and consumption systems in the territory;
  • Document existing planning arrangements and directions of deliberate change of various stakeholders in the affected systems that could later form the basis for a broadly-supported transition vision;
  • Make concrete suggestions for the advancement of the transition and for managing its downsides by fostering alignment and coordination within government.

The reviews aim to build the evidence base for 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). The reviews can further inform RIS3 design and implementation (e.g. refining or extending priorities, broadening the EDP, fostering synergies with other funding streams) as well as informing, and been informed by, industrial policies and other territorial strategies for economic and social development.

Broadly speaking, the reviews are intended to be an input to a participatory process of stakeholder engagement leading to the development of credible positive visions for the future that can be the source of pride and inspiration for the region (or country) and a rallying point for the mobilisation of actors and resources from all levels.


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