At Orkestra we work daily with the actors that have a direct impact on competitiveness and wellbeing in the Basque Country, designing research agendas and projects together with our collaborating entities.

We also participate in international projects related to our main research lines with a wide range of partners in other territories and international organisations such as the European Commision and OECD.

Euskadi 2040

Competitiveness for the wellbeing of the Basque Country 2040: A reflexion for Action

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International research projects

Ongoing projects

  • YouCount

    YouCount (2020-2024)

    Generating new knowledge and innovations to increase the social inclusion of youth across Europe through co-creative youth citizen social science.

    Partners: Aalborg University, ESSRG, Kaunas University of Technology, Oslo Metropolitan University, Södertorn University, Spotteron, University of Naples Federico II, University of Vienna, University of Central Lancashire and Vetenskap & Allmanhet

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    UPLIFT (2020-2023)

    Putting young people’s voices at the centre of Youth Policy

    Partners: Association of Estonian Open Youth Centres, CESIS, Barakaldo City Council, GAL SEPSI, The Institute for Housing and Urban Research (Uppsala University), ICLEI, Metropolitan Research Institute, SUPPEDITO, TARKI Zrt, TU Delft, UP19, University of Tartu, Woonstichting De Key and The Young Foundation

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    WHY (2020-2023)

    Climbing the causality ladder to understand and project the energy demand of the residential sector

    Partners: 4WARD Energy Research, Climate Alliance, E3-MODELLING, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – TNO and Renewables Grid Initiative

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  • Cohes3ion

    Cohes3ion (2019-2023)

    Improving smart specialisation strategies (S3) by integrating the territorial dimension into their governance and policy-mix

    Partners: BEAZ-Bizkaia, Business Metropole Ruhr, Calabria Region, North-West Regional Development Agency, Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw, Region Stockholm, Southern Regional Assembly and the Welsh Government

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International research projects

A Sample of past projects

Compet Plus

Compet’plus (2019-2022)

Boosting business competitiveness and innovation of SMEs through cross-border collaboration between New Aquitaine, the Basque Country and Navarre

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Universidad Católica de Córdoba

Strengthening the UCC Competitiveness Centre (2021-2022)

Supporting the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina) to strengthen its Competitiveness Centre and develop a productive matrix for the Province of Cordoba

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R&I contribution to the achievement of SDGs (2022)

Supporting the Directorate General on Research and Innovation (DG R&I) in the development of the 3Ps (Planet, Prosperity and People) dashboards by identifying, rationalising and analysing indicators that will be used to measure the contribution of research and innovation (R&I) in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and into the wider SDGs areas of implementation

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EU Social Progress Index (2016-2021)

Measuring social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress.

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European Cluster Collaboration Platform (2019-2022)

Strengthening the European economy through collaboration by developing cluster mapping tools for the online hub for industrial clusters and the 2021 European Cluster Panorama report.

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AS Fabrik (2016-2020)

Improving the competitiveness of local companies and contributing to the consolidation of Zorrotzaurre as an innovative ecosystem of international reference in the field of KIBS (Knowledge Intensive Business Services) for Industry 4.0 and the digital economy, sectors that are becoming more relevant since the pandemic.

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Manumix (2014-2020)

Reinforcing and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation policy-mix in advanced manufacturing at regional level through evaluation and policy learning.

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SMARTSPEC - Smart Specialisation For Regional Innovation (2013-2016)

Providing substance, guidance and practical support to the EU Smart Specialisation Platform by operationalising the concept of smart specialisation in a manner which will be useful to actors in different regional contexts.

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