Ongoing projects

Where Does the Green Economy Grow? The Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions (Gonst) [2017-2020] 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to greening the growth path of an economy as this depends on place-based policy and institutional settings, level of development, resource endowments and particular environmental pressure points. This research proposal addresses the place-based, context-dependent nature of the shift to green growth in the Nordic countries by asking the question: where does the green economy grow? In addressing this question, we foreground the importance of innovation, new industry formation, and radical industry transformation.

The project is based on a mixed methods approach. Quantitative techniques will be applied to analyse the importance of human capital and technological specialisation for the greening of the economy. Qualitative case studies of Nordic regions will focus on the role of institutions and account for the diversity in Nordic regional green pathways. An important element here will be to distinguish between those successful practices that can be transferred between regions, and those which are context dependent.

  • Funding: Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme € (see for more about the programme)
  • Partners: Lund University, Sweden (project lead); Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Tampere, Finland; NIFU, Norway; SINTEF, Norway
  • Six green growth projects approved for funding

International Research University and the City as a Campus (CityC) [2016-2017] 

The CityC -project seeks to address contemporary challenges in the field of city/regional development studies by analysing the ways universities and cities could interact more strategically than often is the case. It, first, investigates the many roles universities have in economic development of cities by carrying out a meta-analysis of the existing evidence base. Second, the project analyzes the main development models constructed to support interaction between universities and various societal and economic actors, and third, it constructs an integrated model to support (a) strategic developmend work of University Properties of Finland Ltd, (b) rapidly evolving partnership between the three universities in Tampere (Tampere3), and (c) more broadly, futures oriented development work at the Finnish universities. 

Funded and partnered by University Properties of Finland Ltd.

Regional Studies Association Networks

  • Leadership and Urban and Regional Development / Co-ordinated by Joyce Liddle, Teesside Business School, UK; John Diamond, Edge Hill University Business School, UK  John Shutt, CURDS, University of Newcastle, UK; Oto Potluka, Economics University, Prague, Czech Republic; John Gibney, University of Birmingham, UK; Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University, Finland; Andrew Beer, University of Adelaide, Australia; Ina Horlings, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands / 2003 –>
  • Understanding regional innovation policy dynamics: actors, agency and learning / Co-ordinated by Elvira Uyarra, Manchester Business School, England; James Wilson, University of Deusto, Spain; Markku Sotarauta, University of Tampere, Finland / 2012-2016

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