|Project name||APP_ILL “Transnational Network for Appropriate Innovations Living Labs” - Smart Specialization and Innovation in Rural Areas
|Priority||Innovation and knowledge development|
|Aim||Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) represent an important challenge to policy makers when it comes to their implementation in rural areas.
Rural regions are comparatively disadvantaged in their ability to be innovative, furthermore, policies for innovation and growth typically assume an urban focus because innovation is traditionally understood as essentially technological development, something that originates primarily in urban areas where science is produced and universities and research institutions are clustered and where technology can be easily transferred to business. However, a wide range of (micro)-innovation activities take place in rural areas which often remains unmentioned and that can strongly benefit from and reinforce the relevance and impact of Smart Specialization Strategies (S3).
The project aims to develop and test new approaches and operative tools to co-create, implement and spread S3 related innovation strategies in rural areas of Central Europe, starting from the consideration that innovation and economic development in rural areas is more likely to be understood as social and cultural innovation that purely technological development.
|Results||As a first result of the project a transnational network of research institutions, administrative actors, business actors (SMEs) and civil society actors will be set up to study existing (micro)- innovation activities taking place in rural areas of Central Europe, relating them with the broad policy framework defined by the regional S3 strategies and identifying emerging trends and patterns of innovation in the framework of S3.
As a second result of the project a number of pilot Living Labs will be developed in the territories involved in the project with the aim to generate, enhance and accompany the co-creation and spreading of S3 related innovation strategies specifically co-designed for the rural areas.
As a third result of the project the outcomes of the Living Labs will be elaborated to evaluate the methodology as an effective tool to co-create and spread innovation in rural areas.
|Cost||2,8 million € / 3,0 million €|
|Partners involved||Polytechnic of Turin
|Partners requested||Local authorities in rural areas of Central Europe/Regional Authorities University / Research Centres/SMEs|
|Innovation||The project will focus its attention on the concept of “place-based and appropriate innovation”, considering that innovations in rural areas must have unique and specific characteristics linked to the territorial qualities (social, economic, morphological, etc.) and cannot simply be copied and pasted from urban contexts to the rural context as they are.|
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