Evidence and Policy implications for RIS3 strategies - an application to the EU Macro-Regions

18th May 2020

A new paper has been recently published in Regional Studies (Volume 54, Issue 6), in the framework of the analysis carried out by the Action Group 1 - To develop an effective Research and Innovation ecosystem. This scientific paper summarizes the analysis carried out by the research team led by Prof. Margherita Russo, delegate of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) in the AG1 -  Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia,  and Prof. Anna Giorgi, Leader of the Action Group 1, Delegate of Lombardy Region – UNIMONT, Università degli Studi di Milano, with the collaboration of Francesco Pagliacci and Pasquale Pavone, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

In the future of European Union Cohesion Policy and of Macro Regional Strategies, such as EUSALP, a critical feature is how to capitalize on the current Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), introduced in the 2014–20 programming period as an ex-ante conditionality for accessing European Structural Investment Funds. The paper frames the socioeconomic comparative analysis of EU regions, considering subnational structural similarities, and referring to population, labour market and the sectoral composition of the economy. With an application to the EU macro-regions, the paper supports policy planning in macro-regions as a meso-level of interventions for the future Cohesion Policy.

The paper is available at the following link: