SMARTER 2020 Conference Webinar series - Placed-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis

17 September 2020
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Date and time

Start
17 September 2020, 10:00
End
17 September 2020, 12:00

Summary

General Information

Placed-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic affects different places in different ways. Effective responses are likely therefore not only to be global but also local. Different places can benefit from designing customised solutions through the identification of local innovation opportunities. Sustainable Smart Specialisation Strategies (S4), as a governance model based on a place-based approach of regional innovation policy, could play a key role in the recovery process. The development of a shared vision of a territorial ecosystem combines with a multi-level governance approach linking bottom-up solutions to top-down directions. This webinar will focus on short-term responses to COVID-19 related to S3/S4 governance, as well as the medium/long-term role of S3/S4 in the post-recovery period, and related policy implications.

Context of Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation. First identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, this infectious disease quickly spread round the world within weeks. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic. Even if all countries and regions are affected, the magnitude of the effect depends on the number of confirmed cases/death and the sectoral characteristics. The solution is therefore not only likely to be global but also mainly local, as each region is differently affected by COVID-19, and different places can benefit from designing customised solutions through the identification of local innovation opportunities. (Sustainable) Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), as a governance model based on a place-based approach of regional innovation policy, could play a key role in the recovery process, not only because it aims at developing a shared vision of a place’s ecosystem, but also because its proven capability to a implement multi-level governance approach required to link bottom-up solutions to top-down directions. Actions are required in the short, medium and long-term.

This webinar focuses first on the immediate and short-term reactions of regional actors to the health and economic crisis, and their efforts to mitigate its negative effects. Acceleration of the digital adoption was one of the main strategies used by companies to continue operating, managing workforce and contacting with customers and partners. However, IT tools could also continue to help to improve and to ensure the governance model of the EU territories in, as well as beyond, times of social distance, lockdown and confinement. For instance, they allow the involvement of stakeholders dispersed in remote places or territories (e.g. islands or areas far away from the region's capital) in the design of policy interventions. Re-thinking the EDP process and adopting a digital approach can ensure not only the continuity of the policy in difficult times but can also be a way to improve the participation in the governance model in the post-corona crisis.

However, not all the sectors have been able to find alternatives to maintain their economic activities during the lockdown. The tourism sector has been greatly affected by the imposed closure of restaurants and hotels. In addition to a situation characterised by almost no income during several weeks, the tourism sector needs also to face changes in consumer behaviour and preferences, which hold both challenges and opportunities for recovery. To help in the recovery of the tourism eco-system, medium and long-term actions are also required. On example is helping regions highly dependent on tourism related-activities to become more resilient to exogenous shocks. By way of showcasing examples related to the above pathways to move forward from the crisis, this webinar presents a mix of shorter and medium/longer-term approaches, and discusses policy implications at different governance levels.

Format

  • Science-based policy debate bringing together practitioners and academic perspective on policy issues and opportunities
  • 2 hours webinar

Objective

The webinar will focus on short-term reactions to COVID-19 related to S3/S4 governance, on the medium/long-term role of S3/S4 in the post-recovery period, and related policy implications.

Speakers and Agenda

10.00am – 11.00am CET Introduction

  • Stephen Quest – Director-General Joint Research Centre
  • Welcome by Sally Hardy, CEO, Regional Studies Association, UK
  •  Speaker: Dominique Foray, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland - The Role of Smart Specialisation in post COVId-19 Times
  • Discussants: Elvira Uyarra,Manchester Institute of Innovation Research,    UK  and Laura Polverari, University of Padua, Italy
    Moderator: Mikel Landabaso, Director Growth and Innovation, Joint Research Centre, Spain

11.00am-11.50am CET Place-based Responses to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

  • Speaker: Manuel Laranja, ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal – Re-thinking the EDP Process in Times of Social Distancing
  • Speaker: Anabela Santos, Joint Research Centre, Spain – The Role of Smart Specialisation in Tourism Recovery
  • Speaker: Edurne Magro, Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain – Towards Recovery: Renewal and Reorientation as Regional Strategies for a Post COVID-19 Era
  • Moderator: Karel Haegeman, B3 – Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, Spain

11.50am -12.00pm CET Wrap Up

 

 

Key Dates

17 September 2020
Date of Webinar

Contact

Lesa Reynolds
Event Organiser (for RSA Europe)

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