I have joined h Prof. Dominique Foray to explore the potential of systemic portfolios of projects for fostering transformative change in southern and central eastern European countries. By doing so, we combine concepts such as smart specialization, system innovation, regional development and mapping techniques to brings some insights on how practitioners can move forward to design and implement transformative territorial policy.
I was invited to contribute to the discussion on science-policy-practice interface with a group of experts on sustainability transitions and EU Policy as part of the work of the European Environmental Agency.
The result is a report aimed to go beyond theoretical discussions to explore the practical implications of transitions research for policy and practice, building on the insights from past assessments. It highlights the growing links to established EU policy frameworks and identifies how transitions thinking is being operationalised at different scales across Europe. Co-authored by leading experts in transitions studies, the report has also benefited strongly from interactions with EEA partners in multiple policy areas at a workshop co-hosted with the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre in July 2018.
The webinar will cover methodological elements and practical applications of knowledge management as part of actions supporting policymakers in system mapping and policy co-design processes. In doing so, this webinar seeks to highlight applications and synergies with monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. The webinar will illustrate the broad context of policy mix and EU Framework, the case of Transitions Hub as a policy lab managing knowledge management processes as well as related examples on system mapping and policy co-design processes. This material is based in the Handbook Challenge-led system mapping, a knowledge management approach.
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
- 12th CONFERENCE REGIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES (RIP 2017), 26-27 October 2017, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- European Week of Region and Cities – Master Class 2017
Research Team: Cristian Matti, Julia Panny, Irene Vivas Lalinde and Balnca Juan Agulló
This study provides evidence of the policy learning process related to the translation and adaptation of a regional policy model to a new context while implementing a mayor process of transference of competences. Emphasis is put in the process of translation and adaptation of an external regional policy model (the EU RIS scheme) by looking at the different understandings of regional system of innovation through the analysis of regional assessments and proposals for regional innovation strategies designed by Chilean regions. By doing so, this study seeks to identify the critical elements related to capacity building at different level regarding the development of new institutional frameworks and coordination mechanism by considering the agency issues and different regional settings.
The case of Chilean regions is a concrete example from the few experience on adapting European policies in other context. It is also a relevant case regarding the re-configuring of multilevel governance system to support innovation in an emergent and globalized economy. Empirical study is base in document review and content analysis techniques as well as complementary interviews to policy officers. Results shows an increasing autonomy of the regional governments while main policy instruments and resources still keep under central coordination.
Reverse engineering for multilevel governance. Lessons learnt from the application of EU RIS model in Chilean regions
11th Regional Innovation Policies Conference 2016.
Cardiff University in Wales on the 3 and 4 November 2016
Catalina Terra – Universidad de Chile & Cristian Matti – Utrecht University & Climate KIC
This paper is the result of my travel to the policy studies. It is part a main part of my PhD research study and the PICK ME project but it also takes lessons learnt on governance and innovation policy during my research stays in Enschede and Manchester. The objective of this paper is to understand to what extent instruments designed at different levels of policy domains can be coordinated as part of an organic process. At the same time, it also tries to highlight some aspects of the story behind the emergence of the Spanish wind energy sector, a successful trajectory in terms of both energy and specialized technology production.
Davide and Elvira are my co-authors but also memorable fellows on this trip to policy studies.
Matti, C., Consoli, D. and Uyarra, E. (2016). Multi level policy mixes and industry emergence: The case of wind energy in Spain. Accepted for publication in ‘Understanding regional innovation policy dynamics: actors, agency and learning’ Environment and Planning C
I am starting a collaboration with the JRC Policy Lab to work in the practical application of the JRC Scenario Exploration System (SES). After testing the game and a series of meeting with Laurent Bontoux we have seen the potential of the game for supporting the development of regional strategies while stimulating competences and skills on communication, negotiation and future orientation. We are currently working the combination of this game with tools on visioning and backasting from the Visual Toolbox for System Innovation.
See more here in the EU Policy Lab blog:
As part of post COP21, a series of initiatives are launched to explore collaboration in different areas and at different level of actions. The “THE PARIS SUMMARY STATEMENT ON LEARNING FOR AN INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY” is an initiative aimed to provide a set of guiding principles to support learning strategies and delivery mechanism as a reference framework for decision makers, learning institutions and professionals to refer to and apply in their work, covering multiple areas regarding de definition, design and implementation of action in Inclusive Green Economy Learning.
I was invited to take part in the launching event of this initiative and facilitate the participation of Climate KIC in this big network of institutions that support the debate on the need of Inclusive Green Economy and Learning toward creation of bridges in the research-policy-practice continuum. The initiative promotes interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-level approaches to empower individuals, communities and societies toward achievement of the regional and national strategies related to low-carbon economy.
Networking event for practitioner on management of environmental innovations
As coordinator of Valencian coaching team in the Pioneers into Practice programme 2014 (Climate KIC), I have had the opportunity to explore the introduction of new practices to foster stakeholder collaboration on projects related to Climate Change issues. We got a very good attendance of firms, researchers and local government officers from Valencia region and Portugal.
The Spanish wind energy rise. Pathways of knowledge creation in a multilevel environmental governance system
PhD Dissertation 2015 Cristian Matti
My DPhil research project analyses the long term pathways of knowledge creation within and across a multilevel environmental governance system. Emphasis will be put in the strategies for pursuing energy security of supply and for supporting renewable industry in Spain by considering areas of technology development and environmental policy through networks articulation.
The study focuses on mechanism for knowledge creation as part of government and industry response to the current multilevel framework on energy and environment. In doing so, this research seeks to identify the major contributors to the emergent knowledge base, be they individuals, research organizations, governmental agencies or firms. Finally, it will analyze the reasons behind differences in performance among Spanish regions.
This research will try to identify key environmental policy and technology factors that contributed to the development of wind energy sector in Spain. Emphasis will be put in the implementation pattern of policy instruments that facilitated pathways to develop renewables energy regionally as well as the extent to which the recombination of existing knowledge and new forms of organization within and across the value chain affected emergent technological capacity.
Theoretically, the research seeks to contribute to the understanding of the development of an emergence sector among a multilevel governance context but putting particular emphasis on interaction and interdependences within and across areas of technical development and environmental policy. It also aims to get a better understanding of processes of adaptation and integration of polices (emanating from higher hierarchical levels) to local context as a strategic response to face new challenges and opportunities.