Smart Specialisation Livewire

Welcome to Smart Specialisation Livewire!

Smart Specialisation Livewire introduces the thinking and practice associated with place-based innovation systems. It promotes the view that successful regional development has a lot to do with regional stakeholders coming together to share expertise and build capability for developing the local innovation system – that is, entrepreneurs, researchers, public officials and community working together to identify key local strengths, and to explore opportunities for innovation that will be competitive in wider markets. This is crucial in the reconstruction phases that so many regions face in the transition from industrial or natural calamity.

This approach has been central to regional development policy in Europe for the best part of a decade. Its implementation has been supported by the Smart Specialisation Platform, based in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Smart Specialisation Livewire has a close relationship with the colleagues at the S3Platform and will share many of the same features.

On Smart Specialisation Livewire, you’ll find:

Livewire news

This will keep you up to date with various relevant initiatives in Australia and its wider region, ranging from announcing the events and publications of the EU Centre of Excellence for Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy at RMIT, to new policy initiatives or other local publications in this field.

Livewire Team


  • Professor Bruce Wilson
    European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
  • Professor Leo Goedegebuure
    Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Robyn Eversole
    Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University
  • Associate Professor Lauren Rickards
    Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University
  • Dr Anthony Hogan
    Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University
  • Karen Cain
    Chief Executive Officer of the Latrobe Valley Authority

Research Officers

  • Dr Chloe Ward
    European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
  • Dr Emma Shortis
    European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
  • Brad Davison
    European Union Centre of Excellence, Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University

International Associates

  • Professor Lars Coenen
    The Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Professor Björn Asheim
    Business School/the Centre of Innovation Research, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Professor Ron Boschma
    Faculty of Geosciences (Economic Geography) at the Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Professor Kevin Morgan
    School of Geography and Planning, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Sang-Chul Park
    International Business at the Korea Polytechnic University
  • Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
    Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, UK
  • Dr Elvira Uyarra
    Innovation Policy and Strategy at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK
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