Balancing Economic and Socio-Ecological Regional Innovation: Smart Specialisation and the Foundational Economy

Balancing Economic and Socio-Ecological Regional Innovation: Smart Specialisation and the Foundational Economy

Webinar held 15 October 2020, as part of Erasmus Days 2020: Three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ programme in Europe and all over the world.

Hosted by the European Union Centre of Excellence on Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy at RMIT University.

The webinar reviewed the implications of the debate on Smart Specialisation and Foundational Economy approaches to regional development, drawing on recent experience in Australia and in Europe.

Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) drew on the concept of the Foundational Economy to argue for an inclusive, ‘socio-ecological’ model of innovation to address both the specific challenges facing lagging regions and the great challenges of our time.

Dr Chloe Ward (RMIT University) provided a commentary on Professor Morgan’s presentation, discussing how the concept of socio-ecological innovation can be applied in the Gippsland region in Victoria, Australia.

Professor Bruce Wilson (RMIT) was the moderator of this event.

Further reading and information:

Lars Coenen and Kevin Morgan, ‘Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives’, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, 74:1, 2020

Gippsland Smart Specialisation (GS3)

You can watch a video recording of webinar (edited for length) here

21 October 2020

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