Triple Helix Actors, Governance and the Region (THARG)

Thematic Research Group Short title: TH Actors and the Region (THARG)

Full title: Triple Helix actors in the regional development ecosystem: enhanced governance and value co-creation.



Liana Kobzeva, National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia, Project office “INO Tomsk” – territorial innovation center creation in Tomsk region





Dr. Irina Dezhina, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

Irina Dezhina is the Head of Research Group on Science and Industrial Policy at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia. She received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1992 from the RAS Institute of National Economic Forecasting, and her D.Sc. degree in Economics in 2007 from the RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations. Dr. Dezhina has been a Fulbright Scholar at the MIT Program “Science, Technology, and Society” (1997), a fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. (1994 and 2013). In 1998-1999 she was a Science Policy Analyst at SRI International, Washington, D.C. She has also served as a consultant for the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, CRDF, OECD, APEC, EU Framework Program, Russian Foundation for Technological Development, and other organizations.


Prof. Emanuela Todeva, St. Mary’s University, UK

She is a leading academic at St. Mary’s University, UK, and directing the BCNED research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development. She is also a Senior Consultant to the European Commission on evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Smart Specialisation policies and Mapping of Global Value Chains. Her expertise includes: TH governance and intermediation; TH policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation and industry/ market development; TH engagement, co-alignment and co-creation; Orchestration and eco-systems design.

Dr. Tatiana Pospelova, Moscow State University, Russia






Irina Pavlova, National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia




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Agenda and Vision

The mission of this professional group is to become a leading resource for knowledge and advice for evidence-driven policy-making decisions at regional level and for their practical implementation; for the engagement of universities and other stakeholders in regional social and economic development; for the mobilisation of clusters, science parks and other regional concentrations of capabilities in economic development projects; and for the establishment of new governance models for sustainable triple helix interactions.

We are witnessing at present an institutional transformation of the triple helix actors due to numerous economic and societal challenges. Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth can be achieved through innovations at global, national, regional and local levels with a greater focus on the regional dimension.

 To facilitate the knowledge and innovations creation and translation processes, a range of mechanisms are available including: advice and services to SMEs, placement of graduates in businesses, incubating spin-offs in science and technology parks, facilitating networks in business clusters and meeting the skills needs of the local labour market.

«Activities may vary across regions according to the priorities and rules implemented by the managing authorities… The key agenda for today is how to enable public authorities to promote the active engagement of universities and other higher education institutions in regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation, in cooperation with research centres, businesses and other partners in the civil society. It is also important for academic and economic partners to explore the benefits they can expect from working together for regional development» (Connecting Universities to Regional Growth, 2011).

This Thematic Research Group aims to mobilise the current knowledge and practical experience on managing regional innovation ecosystems and the value co-creation process embedded in regions through place-based actors and activities, and to explore innovative governance models based on regional triple helix interactions.

The group aims to enhance discussion, debate and cross-fertilization of ideas by mean of special events, workshops and webinars; and will foster theoretical developments and practical achievements by mean of research and implementation projects.

Strategic and operation plan for 2017:

Special event within the XV Triple Helix Conference, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 14-16 September 2017.

Workshop within the II University Cities Forum, Tomsk, Russia, 30 November – 2 December 2017.

Thematic Webinar at the end of 2017.

Latest projects and activities

Developing strategies of high-tech nanoelectronics R&D commercialization on global market, Russian Foundation for Humanities, 2011-2012, Irina Pavlova.

Development and testing an information system for effectiveness comprehensive evaluation of innovation development in the region (on basis of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia), Russian Foundation for Humanities, 2014-2015, Irina Pavlova.

European Research and Innovation Observatory, Country Reports, JRC Science and Policy Report, European Commission, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Emanuela Todeva.

Evaluation and enhancement of social, economic and emotional wellbeing of older adults, Mega-grant of the Science and Education Ministry of the Russian Federation, 2015-2018, Irina Pavlova.

Industry Global Value Chains, Connectivity and Regional Smart Specialisation in Europe. An Overview of Theoretical Approaches and Mapping Methodologies, JRC Science for Policy Report, European Union, EUR, Emanuela Todeva.

INO Tomsk project – for the creation of a territorial innovation center in Tomsk region. The concept of the project was approved by the Russian Government Decree, 2013–ongoing, Liana Kobzeva.

Institutions for regional economic development: formation processes, Russian Foundation for Humanities, 2015-2016, Irina Pavlova.

Lifelong learning and high-tech production: institutions and collaborative practices, Irina Dezhina.

Methodological support for regional statistical monitoring of cluster development (case of Tomsk Region), Russian Foundation for Humanities, 2016-2017, Irina Pavlova.

National strategic project «Universities as the drivers for innovative, technological and social regional development, devoted to universities’ engagement in regional development, 2016–ongoing, Liana Kobzeva.

TEDxTomsk, 2011-ongoing, Curator Liana Kobzeva.

Tomsk Hub of Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum), 2013-ongoing, Founding curator Liana Kobzeva.

Universities as the drivers for innovative, technological and social regional development, National strategic project devoted to universities’ engagement in regional development, 2016–ongoing, Irina Pavlova.