Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation (SmartSpec)

Smart Specialisation is a relatively new approach to regional innovation which is receiving much attention from policy makers.  During the period 2014-2020 it forms a foundation of EU cohesion policy and so influences spending and approaches in stimulating research and innovation activity.  The aim of the SmartSpec project is to explore the underlying theoretical basis of the smart specialization concept in different settings and to deepen our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.

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Embracing Social Innovation

Entrepreneurial Search Dynamics

Regions with Less Developed Research and Innovation Systems

Underpinning Effective Strategy Design


Linking Social Innovation and Smart Specialisation

Smart Specialisation and the "entrepreneurial state" thesis

The contibution of Social Innovation to Smart Specialisation strategies

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 320131.

Further information on the EU Seventh Framework Programme can be found at EU webpage -
FP7: the future of European Union research policy.