Smart and Sustainable Specialisation Strategies for Regional Development

Smart and Sustainable Specialisation Strategies for Regional Development

Webinar held 18 March 2021 to examine the potential of linking economic and socio-ecological innovation policy, and its implications for place-based innovation systems that enhance sustainability.

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

The economic, social, and environmental challenges facing regional Australia are serious and require innovative, transformative policy responses. However, regional policy in Australia is typically ad hoc and fragmented, offering limited support to regional communities. By way of contrast, the European Union has developed its Regional Policy as a comprehensive program over the past 40 years.

The guest speakers were two key leaders in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Dr Mikel Landabaso, and Alessandro Rainoldi. Both speakers discussed European and global approaches to regional development and innovation for sustainability.

Professor Bruce Wilson (RMIT University) and Dr Chloe Ward (RMIT University) moderated this event.


Dr Mikel Landabaso
Director of Growth and Innovation
European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville

Alessandro Rainoldi
Head of Unit, Territorial Development
European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville

This event included Q&A from online participants.

You can watch a video recording of webinar (edited for length) here. [coming soon!]

Presented by the EU Centre of Excellence and Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University and co-funded by the Jean Monnet Activities Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy promotes international cooperation between researchers and policy makers working to support innovative economic and social development in regions. 

18 March 2021


18 March 2021


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