Leave no place behind: policy making for smart and sustainable regions

Track 5 – Regular session

Thursday, 21st July 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 | Seminar room 4

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Track coordinator: Elisa Ravazzoli (Eurac Research, Institute for Regional Development)

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Digitalisation, globalisation, demographic and environmental changes are radically changing our societies and economies. They are affecting regions in different ways, creating new opportunities and challenges. Tackling these challenges, while improving the well-being of people and promoting socio-ecological transition, requires deep systemic transformations.

By referring to the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3)  – the main policy tools for achieving “No one left behind, evidence-based policy making in the Regions” – and the OECD conceptualization of well-being, this track aims to explore the relationships between smart specialisation and different dimensions of well-being including the contribution of smart specialisation to the social, environmental and physical dimensions of well-being mainly at rural, local and regional levels.

We welcome contribution presenting theoretical innovative concepts, groundbreaking strategies, forward-looking policy approach, measurements tools as well as best practices in the area of smart regions and regional well-being.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Sustainable smart specialization strategies,
  • Rural-urban partnership and interlinkages for smart development,
  • Cross- & interregional development,
  • Technological-driven approaches in the access to services, opportunities and infrastructure,
  • Service of general interest,
  • Resilient and Adaptive Capacity,
  • Ego-to-Eco Shift,
  • Transformational Change,
  • Socio-ecological transition and sustainable use of rural resources,
  • Socio-spatial inequalities; Social capital, social inclusion and trust,
  • Social innovations and community led local development (CLLD)
  • Environmental quality,
  • Human-Wildlife Coexistence,
  • Tangible and intangible cultural heritage


  • 589 Escobar, Stefania – Are Smart Cities truly inclusive? A study on the role of tourism in European Smart Cities
  • 673 Pedersen, Anders Branth – Transitioning to local energy systems: a systematic review of enablers and barriers for local governance
  • 600 Laner, Peter – Planning principles and priority criteria for safeguarding open spaces in the Alps
  • 711  Díaz de Garayo, Sergio – Management tool of highly efficient social housing to provide healthy indoor conditions and fight energy poverty

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