1st Edition

Revitalising Lagging Regions Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0

    96 Pages 16 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Expo book brings together leading academic and policymaker experts to reflect on the significant challenges faced by lagging regions in participating in the European Union’s Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) programme. In doing so, the book offers a set of new policy recommendations on the design and implementation of appropriate Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in lagging regions, which may enable them to benefit from the opportunities of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 (I4.0).

    Alessandro Rainoldi

    Dominique Foray

    List of Contributors

    Executive Summary

    1. Introduction
    2. Perspectives on Smart Specialisation Policies in Lagging Regions
    3. An Extra-Regional Collaborative Approach to Smart Specialisation
    4. Smart Specialisation in Eastern Europe: Insights from two lagging Polish Regions
    5. Transformation and Transition to Industry 4.0: the Slovenian Smart Transformational Approach
    6. Industry 4.0, Regional Disparities and Transformative Industrial Policy
    7. The future of place-based innovation policy (as if ‘lagging regions’ really mattered)



    Mariachiara Barzotto is an Assistant Professor in International Business at the University of Newcastle, UK.

    Carlo Corradini is an Associate Professor in Regional Economics in the Department of Management at the University of Birmingham, UK.

    Felicia M. Fai is an Associate Professor in International Business in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK.

    Sandrine Labory is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

    Philip R. Tomlinson is an Associate Professor in Business Economics in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK.