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REGIO and ERSA Joint Lectures

A new series of academic lectures on key issues in regional and urban policy is being organised by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the European Regional Science Association (ERSA).

The purpose of this lecture series is to discuss current research and evidence. These exchanges between academics and policymakers take place in the context of the preparation for post-2020 EU Cohesion Policy proposals, which will start soon.  

The lectures are open to academics, staff from DG REGIO and other Commission services, other EU institutions as well as from the Member States' representations and regional offices. A video recording of each lecture is also available below.

19 February 2018, The EU Cohesion Policy: what works and where?

Prof. Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography at London School of Economics and Political Science

Presentation: ppsx EN

Dr. Lionel Védrine, Research Fellow INRA, UMR CESAER Dijon

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussion documents:

One or many cohesion policies of the European Union? On the diverging impacts of cohesion policy across member ppsx EN
Cohesion policy incentives for collaborative industrial research. The evaluation of a smart specialisation forerunner programe ppsx EN

6 October 2017, Regional diversification, relatedness and smart specialisation

Prof. Ron Boschma, Professor in Regional Economics at Utrecht University and Professor in Innovation Studies at Lund University

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussant: Prof. Raquel Ortega-Argilés, the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the University of Birmingham

Presentation: ppsx EN

09 September 2016, Skilled cities, regional disparities and efficient transport

Prof. Jacques-François Thisse, Université Catholique de Louvain and Prof. Stef Proost, KU Leuven

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussion Paper: ppsx EN

17 June 2016, The Public Animateur: Place-based innovation and the Smart State

Prof. Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, Special Adviser to Commissioner Creţu

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussant: Dr. Michaela Trippl, Lund University

Presentation: ppsx EN

8 April 2016, Territorial scenarios for Europe: future alternative growth strategies

Prof. Roberta Capello, Politechnico di Milano

Presentation: ppsx EN

Q&A session (MP3)

4 March 2016, Smart specialisation strategies in the EU and their policy impact

Prof. Dominique Foray, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussant: Prof. Frank van Oort, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Presentation: ppsx EN

11 December 2015, EU Cohesion Policy and Europe’s Shifting Economic Landscape

Prof. Philip McCann, University of Groningen, Special Adviser to EU Commissioner for Regional Policy

Presentation: ppsx EN

Discussant: Prof. Gunther Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Presentation: ppsx EN

13 November 2015, The Impact of Cohesion Policy on "old" and "new" Member States

Prof. John Bachtler, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Presentation: pdf EN

Prof. Grzegorz Gorzelak, University of Warsaw

Presentation: pdf EN

Discussant: Prof. Daniela Constantin, Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest