Policy mixes fostering regional capacity in low carbon economy in peripheral European regions

This study provides evidence on the application of a regional policy model through a portfolio of actions to support entrepreneurship and development of professional competences. For doing so, we analyse the capacity building process delivered through the EIT RIS Climate-KIC programme in the context of peripheral European regions. In the context of the EIT RIS those are defined as the ones showing innovation performance below the EU average according to the European Innovation Scoreboard.

Emphasis is put on the alignment of multiple stakeholders with existing regional innovation plans such as Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) by which policy mixes emerge with the purpose of reinforcing synergies and complementarities between EU, national, regional innovation initiatives while developing and activating large-scale “green” projects. The study addresses then the performance of the peripheral regions to improve the knowledge triangle integration. We argue that a variety of mechanisms for public-private collaboration is required to effectively support technological as well as practice-base innovation.

The case of European peripheral regions is a concrete example of the application of policy mixes by considering a variety of regional settings in terms of industrial history and governance configurations. The empirical study is based on the comparative analysis of the results of a portfolio of activities as well complementary interviews to regional policy officers. Results show that the successful alignment between regional priorities and low-carbon economy projects can be explained by how clear is the understanding of horizontal relations between stakeholders to define the long term direction of regional innovation.

Results has been already presented in the following conferences

  • RSA Annual Conference 2017 “the Great Regional Awakening: New Directions“, 4th-7thJune 2017 ,Dublin, Ireland

Abstract book

  • 12th CONFERENCE REGIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES (RIP 2017), 26-27 October 2017, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Final programme

  • European Week of Region and Cities – Master Class 2017

Final programme

Research Team: Cristian Matti, Julia Panny, Irene Vivas Lalinde and Balnca  Juan Agulló

 


Javier de Vicente López, Cristian Matti and José Jiménez Pérez

This document summaries the results obtained as a result of the participatory process that is part of the “Foundations for a Provincial Strategy Biomass” in the province of Castellon.
These actions are ultimately aimed at laying the foundations for sustainable biomass strategy, which included the set of actors in the territory and the entire value chain that the use of biomass genera.La idea behind all the participatory process It is incorporating the different viewpoints, knowledge and experience of all actors in the work of treating biomass as “an element to assess forest biomass” capable of “generating economic wealth, clean energy and employment, especially in the interior villages helping the development of these rural areas. ”

Download report here: Report Biomass Castellon – Participatory methods 2015 (in Spanish)

Reflexive governance and action research for local renewable energy policy in Spain

Innovation in process of policy design by reflexive governance and action research. The case of renewable energy policy in Pobla de Vallbona

The presentation aims to analyse the interaction experience of a multidisciplinary team in the formulation process of the renewable energy local normative. A set of different elements on the formulation process and the content of the normative will be analysed by exploring the concept of reflexive governance. For doing so, focus will be put in the search of agreement and consensus by considering different interpretation of innovation polices as public procurement for R&D and green procurement as well as more general concepts as governance, participation and decision making mechanisms. Finally key issues of action research approach will be described in term of the the role of local environments on the generation, exchange and knowledge transfer as key drivers for the design and implementation of environmental regulation.
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The presentation is based in the participation of the authors in the project Mediterranean renewables energy ENERMED. The project seeks to bring coherence to Mediterranean regional policies on renewable energy for innovation and competitiveness. Our skills will contribute to understanding.

More info:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/informatius

Draft Normative Proposal

Agenda Final Event

Technical Report

Methodologies for national and regional statistics in Argentina

 Survey and fieldwork methods  – National economic census 2004/2005 Argentina

During 2004-2005 I had the opportunity of join the National economic Census in Argentina. I was appointed as regional methodological chief for many different municipalities across the province of Buenos Aires, the biggest and richest region in Argentina.

Census regionsTwo of these municipalities were part of the biggest concentration of population in Argentina: Avellaneda and Lanus while the other were located in the south of Buenos Aires place of the most important agricultural activity.  This was a first experience on professional training but also as chief of a big team as I was in charge of the training of regional coordinators and regional trainers (i.e. methodological issues on gathering information, survey management and human resource recruitment and management) but also the methodological supervisor during all the project. Thousands of kilometres later, I had carried out selection process, training, coordination and supervision of more than 50 professionals who were at the same time in charge of more than 200 pollster. The experience was great and the results has changed the perception of the regional economy. (Here some results)

Regional business directory and economic demography

Conceptual and methodological proposal on a regional business directory for studies on economic demography

This working paper was drawn from an analysis of two main resources: the design and operation history directory companies “DIPUE system” and international experiences directories and business demographics. In this document the new model of Directory of Economic Units of the Province of Buenos Aires was proposed. It was aimed to improve the systematization of information, access to it and generate new statistical products for the public and private sector. Its content serves as basis for the preparation of the Procedures Manual and, in turn guide the planning of tasks to implement changes and any discussions on future applications, such as the Geographic Information Systems.

Download working paper here: Business Directory Methods Cristian Matti_2006 (Spanish)

UNFCC and Climate Change mitigation measures in Argentina

Second National Communication of the Argentina to the United Nation Convention for the Climate Change

The project was a mayor advance for Argentina in term of the design and evaluation of technological and non-technological measures to mitigate the effect of climate change. It was funded by the World Bank and supervised by experts of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and delegates of United Nation Convention for the Climate Change (UNFCC).

This project was my first multidisciplinary experience. I joined multidisciplinary teams of architect, engineers, and geographers, GIS experts and sociologist to explore different projects and policy measures in two exiting areas: transport and energy efficiency in building. I have learnt a lot on methodologies for project evaluation and estimation of CO2 emissions but I also got a critical view of the economist in this kind of analysis.
The experience boosted my enthusiasm to learn more on multi-inter-trans and cross disciplinary studies on climate change. It was the seed and then, I started to think in Europe.

UNFCC website – Full document (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in Transportation (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in energy efficiency (Spanish)

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