Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Encompasses knowledge related to regional institutions and competitiveness and innovation policies, and the process of policy-making (from design to evaluation), including key issues for the process: the actors involved and their governance, the role of the government and its organization, modes and mechanics of intra- and inter-institutional coordination, the tools and the role of the past in policies. The evaluation focused on learning is used as a tool to understand these processes.

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Clusters and Global Value Chains

The transformative research of this area focuses on reflecting on the key issues to drive the dynamism of clusters in its mission to improve competitiveness through collaboration. The trajectory of clusters, cluster organizations and cluster policy are studied and evaluated, as is the future of clusters in the light of global trends in this area. The insertion of the territory's clusters in global value chains and their impact on territorial competitiveness are also analysed.

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Territorial Development and Action Research

Studies and develops, from the action research perspective, the interaction between different agents in a territory with regards to its socio-economic development. It focuses on matters such as: multilevel government, intra- and inter-institutional coordination; public and private partnerships, the creation of social capital and the construction of shared and participatory territorial strategies.

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Energy, Industry and Employment

With industry as an input, it studies the role of energy supply within business competitiveness. In order to do this if focuses on factors such as those described in Michael E. Porter's Diamond, the clusterisation of the sector, the effects arising from the incorporation of new energy technology and the creation of new companies or businesses in the field.

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Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Studies and works on the application of analysis and benchmarking tools in order to equip the territory's agents and the business framework with guidelines for moving for ward in business innovation aimed at providing the territory with competitiveness. In the same way, it works as a support agent to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, gathering interest and providing knowledge to entrepreneurs and investors.

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Analyses and evaluates the trajectories and decisions related to the internationalisation of companies, as well as the strategies used to compete in international markets. These analyses are carried out both from the point of view of the company, with special attention on those medium-sized companies believed to be international niche market leaders, as well as from the point of view of clusters or groups of sectorial or regional companies. Additionally, this area studies the role of intermediary institutions such as: cluster associations, exportation consortiums, development agencies, chambers of commerce, government and financial bodies.

The transforming research of this line focuses on supporting these bodies in the identification and design of strategies and methods aimed at internationalisation. Additionally, it contributes to the conceptualisation and study of details related to internationalisation from a theoretical and practical framework.

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Energy Markets

Analyses international and domestic energy markets, from a perspective that encompasses: energy generation technology and environmental and energy policies.

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Energy Policy

Studies different energy policies promoted on international, national, regional and provincial levels. It also analyses the relationship of this and other kinds of policy (e.g. industry, R+D, etc.), as well as their impact on the energy and industrial sectors. It also studies the regulation of the energy sector, from its different angles, as a policy tool.

The transforming research of this line focuses on offering a framework of understanding of public decisions for the actions of the bodies who work in the sector.

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Sustainable Socio-economic Progress

Analyses the evolution of the idea of competitiveness from a broad perspective. This area includes parts that go beyond economics, such as: social performance indicators and the role of companies in territories' sustainable economic progress, starting with the idea of shared value.

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Innovation Systems

Analyses the components of an innovation system and the interrelations that are established between them. Among these components its work pointing out the knowledge-creating subsystem (universities, research centres, technological centres, (Initial Training and Education  centres, knowledge-intensive business services…), as well as the subsystem using this knowledge (companies), and the collection of formal (government and agencies, intellectual property system) and non-formal institutions that act on them. This area also includes the measuring and analysis of innovation: problems with indicators, uses of the different existing sources (R+D statistics, patents, innovation surveys…), typologies, benchmarking analysis… And finally, with all this, support is given to the design and construction of territorial innovation strategies.

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