RSA Policy Expo 2017: 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 book brings together leading academic and policymaker experts to reflect on the significant challenges faced by lagging regions in participating in the European Union’s Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) programme. In doing so, the book offers a set of new policy recommendations on the design and implementation of appropriate Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in lagging regions, which may enable them to benefit from the opportunities of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 (I4.0).
“Lagging regions face and pose considerable challenges. The sluggish economic performance of our societies and the rise of discontent against the system are deeply rooted in our long-term incapacity to tap on their potential. But to what extent can the troubles of lagging regions be addressed by Smart Specialisation in a world rapidly switching to Industry 4.0? If you are interested in this fascinating challenge, this book is certainly the place to start.”
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics
“Getting smart specialisation to work in lagging regions is one of the key challenges for place-based economic development policies. Yet the potential payoff is great, both for the regions concerned and for Europe as a whole. This collection of articles by renowned experts in the field provides insights and recommendations that will be invaluable for policymakers and practitioners alike.”
Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit for Smart and Sustainable Growth in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission
Read the Open Access article here – (2020) Smart specialisation, Industry 4.0 and lagging regions: some directions for policy, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 7:1, 318-332.