According to the organisers the first SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development aims to take stock of the smart specialisation experience and assess its current state of the art both in terms of conceptual developments and practical implementation. During the conference a limited number of participants from academia, European Institutions and territorial authorities, will have the opportunity to discuss these issues, to define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy analysis, and to address the challenges confronting policy makers and practitioners.
During the conference academic papers that address the whole spectrum of topics, disciplines, and methodologies encompassed by the smart specialisation approach will be presented. As well as academic submissions, papers contributed by practitioners and by a combination of academics and practitioners will be also presented. In another key section of the conference papers reflecting on similar policy experiments outside Europe will be also presented.
For all themes, the exploration of the opportunities opened by the smart specialisation approach, and the perspective can afford as a policy framework, will be highlighted. Themes of interest to the conference include:
- Smart specialisation five years on implementation
- Governance and policy processes
- The urban, regional and trans-regional dimension
- European and territorial economic analysis
- Organisation of production and sectors
The first SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development is co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Regional Studies Association
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