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Addressing sustainability challenges and Sustainable Development Goals via Smart Specialisation. Towards a theoretical and conceptual framework

Michal Miedzinski, Katerina Ciampi Stancova (), Monika Matusiak () and Lars Coenen
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Katerina Ciampi Stancova: European Commission - JRC,
Monika Matusiak: European Commission - JRC,

No JRC126448, JRC Research Reports from Joint Research Centre

Abstract: The ongoing work on addressing sustainability challenges and Sustainable Development Goals via Smart Specialisation builds on Smart Specialisation concept of place-based research and innovation agenda for regional economic transformation, and extends it further to include the UN 2030 Agenda objectives (17 SDGs), the European Green Deal and aspects of social and environmental sustainability. The purpose of this study is to reflect upon the S3 framework within the context of transition studies, notably socio-technical transitions, social-ecological resilience and challenge-driven innovation policy. The study includes discussion on the strengths and limitations of the current S3 framework and makes suggestions on how to strengthen and revisit the S3 approach based on the insights from these approaches. The study proposes the guidelines, accompanied with a self-assessment tool for regions, in support of their effort in designing and implementing smart specialisation strategies for sustainable transformation.

Keywords: Smart Specialisation; Sustainable Development Goals; European Green Deal; transitions; resilience; innovation policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-12
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