Image 2018 SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

Date and location

  •   September 26, 2018 - September 28, 2018
  •   CaixaForum Sevilla, 41092 Seville, Spain, Spain

Conference details

All plenary sessions of the 2018 SMARTER Conference can be followed by web streaming on the days of the event.

Conference Report and Photographs

Read a report about the 2018 SMARTER Conference in the third issue of our e-Zine Regions from March 2019 here.

We have uploaded photographs from the conference to the RSA’s Flickr account. To access the gallery please click here.

The precise conference venue address is CaixaForum Sevilla, Calle Jerónimo de Aguilar, 41092 Seville, Spain (link to the map).

The submission of papers is now closed.

Only one author per selected abstract is invited to attend this conference.

This is a free conference, however the number of participants is limited (travel & accommodation must be covered by participants) and is open to both RSA members and non-RSA members.

Presenters should submit their PowerPoint presentation / paper, even in draft form, to the RSA by 18 September 2018 to be shared with the chairpersons of their respective sessions. To facilitate participants’ choice of parallel sessions, the documents could also be published on the RSA website in advance of the event.

To join the conversation, please use #SmartSpecialisation.

Four years have now passed since Smart Specialisation officially entered European policy. This approach to territorial development through the promotion of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth represents a unique opportunity in contemporary policy for territorial development; for the first time, national and regional authorities across an area of more than five hundred million inhabitants are implementing a common set of policy principles and methodologies.

This conference offers a comprehensive picture of the Smart Specialisation policy experience, including an evaluation of its early results, and highlights recent developments both conceptually and empirically. Particular attention will be given to implementation challenges and ways to address them, as well as to methodologies for impact assessment. In addition, the conference will explore how smart specialisation engages with global value chains and production networks, and how firms, regions and cities can benefit from relationships across the borders.

The concept of Smart Specialisation has now expanded in geographical scope beyond just Europe. The theory and practice of Smart Specialisation are being constantly developed and it is enriched by these processes. These developments will be discussed.

We welcome contributions from all areas of regional analysis that carry analytical weight but also, which have operational applicability. The conference offers to a limited number of participants from academia, institutions and territorial authorities, a unique opportunity to discuss and define the scope and main avenues for future research and policy analysis, and to address the challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. As well as academic submissions, papers by practitioners or co-authored by academics and practitioners are welcome. In addition, we welcome complete session proposals on a specific area/ issue including the list of 3-4 speakers and their papers.

Themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Smart Specialisation from design to implementation: lessons, challenges, opportunities, experiences and early results
  • Methods for monitoring and evaluation
  • Territorial economic analysis in support of smart specialisation
  • Smart Specialisation, global value chains, and production networks
  • Urban challenges and strategies for innovation and development
  • Trans-regional and trans-national cooperation
  • Models of regional and multi-level governance
  • The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and stakeholder involvement
  • The actors of smart specialisation: research organisations, businesses, public actors, civil society groups
  • Smart specialisation experiences worldwide

Conference Organisers

Conference Organisation

Co-organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe).

RSA Conference Manager

Please contact Wanda Miczorek at  +44 (0)1273 698 017 for further details and questions regarding submission.

Conference Commitee

  • Professor Dominique Foray, Chair in Economics and Management of Innovation, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Professor Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, University College London, UK
  • Dr Laura Polverari, Senior Research Fellow, EPRC, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Professor Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University, UK
  • Professor Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Dr Charles W. Wessner, Research Professor, Georgetown University, USA
  • Inger Midtkandal, Science and Technology Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, India
  • Carlo Gianelle, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Fabrizio Guzzo, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Elisabetta Marinelli, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Caroline Cohen, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Dimitri Kyriakou, Lead economist, S3 Platform, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Sally Hardy, CEO, Regional Studies Association, UK
  • Daniela Carl, Deputy CEO, Regional Studies Association, UK
  • Wanda Miczorek, Events and Membership Officer, Regional Studies Association, UK

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CaixaForum Sevilla, 41092 Seville, Spain