The Theory-Practice Debate on New Industrial / Innovation Policies, Place-Based Smart Specialisation Strategies, and Local Actors

30 June 2020, 6pm (CEST)


Following our previous webinar on Innovative Place-Based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialisation Strategies, and the international workshop that took place in London on the 28-29 June 2019,  We have now recalled some of the high level participants to reflect on the new developments and the outcomes from the discussions. Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL) and Mr. Francisco Jaime Quesado (Oporto, Portugal) will share their insights from the discussions and will present their viewpoints on the design and implementation challenges for the New industrial / innovation policies in Europe, how these policy mixes address the current phase of implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies in regions, and how the Triple Helix actors are involved in the process of building competences and trust.

Background information on these issues and discussion topics can be obtained from the presentations by Jan Larosse, former policy adviser of the Flemish Government for innovation and industrial policies and Richard Tuffs, former Director of the ERRIN network – at the previous webinar, or from the presentations at the workshop, which can be obtained in full length here.

Objective of the Webinar

The objectives of this webinar are to review the current theoretical thinking and Triple Helix Practices supporting industrial and innovation policy, smart specialization strategies, cluster development, or national and regional response to the challenges for economic growth.

Among the questions that speakers will address are: What are the pre-requisites to employ a system approach and to design a system response for crisis management and strategic development? What is the role of building coalitions and establishing a multi-stakeholder governance? How to pivot along the long-term challenges and short-term reactions for employment, innovation and growth?

Expected outcomes

  • Presentation of insights on the policy process and barriers for smart specialization, regional growth and challenges beyond the region
  • Exploring the concepts and practice of policy mixes and instrument mixes
  • How management on the ground is affected by policy mixes?
  • How strategic intelligence enables the policy process and how does it bridge across the trust and transparency divide?
  • Boundaries and dynamics of regional innovation ecosystems, clusters and hubs of growth
  • From consultation to orchestration – the role of multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Driving forces behind regional economic growth.
  • Understanding – what creates institutional thickness and how to mobilize institutional actors.

Target audience

  • Innovation policy makers
  • Regional authorities
  • Managers of clusters and other sectoral association
  • Managers of Science Parks and other hybrid organisations
  • Project managers and Network managers


Talk 1 title New industrial/innovation policies: design and implementation challenges
Main content outline
  • The new industrial / innovation policy approaches; a brief comparative overview
  • Why new industrial/innovation policies are ‘smart’?
  • Experimentation and experimental governance: the key challenge of implementation of new policy approaches
  • Trade-off between experimentation and accountability and governance solution
  • New industrial / innovation policy and the COVID lessons
Speaker Shot bio Slavo Radosevic is Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies at the UCL where he has also been acting director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He had worked at University of Sussex SPRU as a researcher (1993-1999) and before that as a researcher in Croatia. His main research interests are in science, technology, industrial change, foreign direct investments and innovation policy in Europe, with particular reference to central and eastern Europe (CEE). He has published extensively in international journals in these areas and has edited several volumes on these issues. He favours empirically oriented and policy relevant research projects, based on neo-Schumpeterian economics. He acts as an expert for the EC, OECD, UNESCO, UNIDO, World Bank, UNECE and Asian Development Bank and several governments in CEE. He also had significant policy-making experience in Croatia and ex-Yugoslavia at the highest policy level. He was a special advisor to the EC DG Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy (2015-2019). He is visiting professor at National Research University Higher School of Economics St Petersburg.


Talk 2 title Innovation Challenges for the Portuguese Economy – COMPETENCE AND TRUST


Main content outline
  • Industrial policy and the case of Portugal
  • How to build a competitive intelligence, competence & trust?
  • What are the factors that drive growth of high-tech firms and what is the role of clusters?
  • Who orcetrates the new Entrepreneurial Ecosystems?
  • Can Foreign Direct investment change the direction for innovation?


Speaker Short bio
Mr. Francisco Jaime Quesado is an Economist who holds an MBA from the University of Oporto. He is a specialist in Innovation and Competitiveness, and he has been developing during the last 30 years High Level Management functions in the Portuguese Public and Private Sectors. He coordinates several international projects on clusters, science parks and innovation policies and is involved in several global networks involving companies and universities. He participates as speaker regularly in international seminars, and is a formal writer for portuguese and european newspapers. Mr JAIME QUESADO has published 5 books, among which – THE NEW WAY – A Competence Agenda for a Trust Society, which is a manifesto about the effective challenges of our economy and society in the future.

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