LARS Learning among Regions on Smart Specialisation

LARS project helps to find solutions tackling the fragmentation of regional systems of innovation looking for entrepreneurial discoveries within such topics as bio and circular economy, advanced production methods and technologies for energy efficiency.

The global value chains and increased sophistication of production constitute a large challenge for regional development efforts. There is a need to learn and up-grade the level of policy intervention. The regional innovation systems are different but  regional actors may learn from each other thru a process of transnational learning and exploit the complementarities..

LARS attempts to help the public sector in leading smart specialisation processes in their regions and to connect innovation networks across regions. The project  will also examine in what degree the collaboration between smart specialised regions could form the base for Macro regional strategies in Baltic Sea Region.

The project will be implemented in 6 steps:

  1. Mapping of strategies in order to select the final intervention areas;
  2. Triple-helix gap analysis with the purpose of finding deficiencies and also good cases of innovation network functioning; University of Vaasa is the leader of this working package.
  3. Matching partners in transfer network based on the “good” and “bad” practices;
  4. Learning on the transfers, essentially an innovation context analysis;
  5. Piloting new activities in the regions with the purpose of improving the innovation networks;
  6. Communicating the findings with a view on the wider implications of the project.

Hankkeen nimi: LARS

Hankkeen sivut: 
Tietoa hankkeesta: rakennerahasto-ohjelman sivuilla

Hankkeen koordinaattori: Jerker Johnson, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia
Hankkeen koordinaattori Vaasan yliopistossa: Seija Virkkala, School of Management, Regional Studies; 
Hankkeen kesto: 1.10.2017 – 30.9.2020
Rahoittajat: Interreg Baltic Sea, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Ulkoinen rahoitus (Vaasan yliopiston osuus hankkesta): 228 761€, (Budjetti: 251 385€)

Yhteyshenkilöt: Seija VirkkalaAntti Mäenpää
Tutkimusryhmä Vaasan yliopistossa: Research group of public policy and organisations

Hankekumppanit: Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Finland, Region Västerbotten (Sweden), Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics (Lithuania), Ministry of Environmental protection and Regional Development (Latvia), Lithianian Innovaiton Centre, Oppland County Authority (Norway)

Yhteistyökumppanit: CPMR Conference of Periperal Maritime Regions, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship (Poland)

Hankkeen kesto
Ulkoinen rahoitus, Vaasan yliopiston osuus
228 761€
251 385€