Main projects by funding bodies 


Since 1998, total appr. € 7 million

Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

  • Where Does the Green Economy Grow? The Geography of Nordic Sustainability Transitions (Gonst) / Lund University, Sweden (project lead); Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Tampere, Finland; NIFU, Norway; SINTEF, Norway / 2017-2020]

Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS)


  • Organizational Change for Innovation and Institutional Entrepreneurship in Health-Care Systems [ICIS] / University of Tampere (co-ordinated by prof. Sotarauta); partnered by University of Lund and University of Agder / 2009 – 2013 / € 600.000


European Science Foundation (The Academy of Finland) 


  • Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of-the-art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe (CRA) / University of Lund; University of Tampere; University of Utrecht; University of Economics and Business Administration; Dokuz Eylül Universit; University of Agder; Charles University; University of Kiel / 2007-2010 / € 205.730 

  • Technology, Talent and Tolerance in European Cities (TTT) / Agder University College; Cardiff University; Lund University; University of Freiberg; University of Tampere; University of Toronto; University of Utrecht / 2004-2007 / € 108.930


The Academy of Finland 


  • Creative Capital and Social Capital Directing the Processes of Interactive Strategic Adaptation / 2004-2007 / € 155.150

  • The Invisible Dynamics of the Urban Development Processes: Emerging Patterns of Networks, Knowledge, Images and Power / 2002-2004 / € 183.779 (FIM 1.092.700)


Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes)


  • Innovation Ecosystems, Leadership and Innovation Policy:
Prospective Human Spare Parts and Venture Finance Ecosystems under Scrutiny [EcoLead] / 2014-2015 / € 563.088 (also City of Tampere and UTA) / University of California in Davis, University of Lund and Hebrew University Jerusalem

  • Self-Renewal Capacity of Clusters: Three Level Analysis on Resilience and Innovation Policy (Sere) / 2007-2009 / € 390.000 (also Cities of Helsinki, Hämeenlinna and Oulu)

  • Local Innovation Systems (LIS) / MIT; University of Cambridge; University of Tampere; Helsinki University of Technology / 2002-2007 / € 227.272


The Foundation for Local Government Development


  • Innovation Capabilities of Innovation Developers [InnoKom] / 2006-2007 / € 100.000


European Union


  • City-Regions as Intelligent Territories - Inclusion, Competitiveness and Learning [Critical] / Newcastle University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dortmund, University of Tampere / 2002-2005 / € 190.440

  • Secondary Cities in Territorial Development  / European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool; University of Tampere; The Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest / 2010-2012 / € 75.000 


Cities, ministries, etc.


  • Developing the Urban Competitiveness / Funded by Tampere Region Centre of Expertise, City of Tampere and Town of Seinäjoki [included endowed professorship for four years] / 2000 – 2003 / € 677.966 (4.000.000 FIM)

  • Borderless South Ostrobothnia: Creating New Policy-Making and Management Approaches for a World of Shared Power / Funded by Town of Seinäjoki, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia and European Social Fund / 1998-2000 / € 282.555 (FIM 1.582.000)

  • Innovation environments in small and medium sized towns / funded by Town of Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki Regional Centre Programme, Ministry of Education, University of Tampere / 2007-2011 / € 400.000

© Markku Sotarauta - est. 1998