12 April 2018 - 9:00-17:30
 CRAI Library. 7th floor


Smart Specialisation strategies (RIS3) have mostly been designed at regional level. Though the centrality of regional governments is not questioned, there is an emergent reflection on the role of sub-regional governments in the RIS3 policy cycle. On the one hand, there is a normative discourse on the desirability of integrating sub-regional governments in order to improve the governance of Smart Specialisation (S3). In this discourse, entrepreneurial discovery processes can be developed in more diverse constellations of actors if regional governments collaborate with sub-regional ones. On the other hand, some sub-regional governments (e.g. city councils, provincial governments, county administrations) as well as other territorial organisations with competencies on regional development have developed their own RIS3, generating the need for ex-post coordination.

The PXL workshop on multi-level governance for RIS3 is organised by the S3 Platform in co-operation with the Basque Government and Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness. It brings together national, regional and sub-regional policy makers from EU countries, representatives from the European Commission and researchers on the field. The aim is to explore the coordination among different level of governments within the RIS3 governance.

The one-and-a-half day workshop will follow a process where the participants will start visualizing advantages of multiscale governance modes through the discussion of concrete experiences to later reflect on the main challenges of these processes and discuss practical mechanisms to tackle these challenges. There will be a final reflection on future steps in this process.

The dynamic will be based on different sessions moderated by members from S3 Platform and including a short introduction by Kevin Morgan  (Cardiff University),  who will frame the multi-level governance concept to demonstrate that RIS3 needs to be framed as a multi-scalar process and fater that session Miren Larrea and Miren Estesoro, will present the concept of multilevel governance and its relevance for RIS3 in terms of place-based approaches and efficiency of policies.