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Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0

Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0: Upgrading Regional Capabilities for a Balanced Industrial Development and Growth Through Networks.


  • Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath
  • Mariachiara Barzotto, University of Birmingham
  • Carlo Corradini, Aston University
  • Felicia Fai, University of Bath
  • Sandrine Labory, University of Ferrara

This Expo explores how policy can assist lagging regions to participate fully in the EU’s smart specialisation framework and take advantage of the opportunities digitalisation and Industry 4.0 offers. It does so by analysing the ability of these regions to mobilise local resources and existing capabilities within their regional innovation systems, and attract and connect to new resources and capabilities in global value chains by exploiting the new interface with markets enabled by 4.0 technologies. We will adopt a network perspective to examine Smart Specialisation and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies by regions in Italy, Spain and the UK (e.g. the socio-economic impact of the presence of Apple’s first iOS Developer Academy in Naples). The Expo will inform novel policy solutions that connect regional, national and international knowledge flows to promote the technological upgrading of embedded manufacturing sectors in lagging regions for a balanced industrial economic growth.

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Read the blog about the special session at the European Week of Regions and Cities here and #EURegionsWeek 2018 University Session Summary is available here.

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