Innovation in Circumpolar Regions: New Challenges for Smart Specialization

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Abstract

Smart Specialization has emerged as a novel policy approach for stimulating regional innovation in the European Union. It advocates that regions should focus their innovati on support on those activiti es where they possess a regional comparative advantage, in order to develop suffi cient critical mass to be globally competitive. The approach is not without its criti cs, both conceptually and in its practi cal implementaţi on. This arti cle explores the extent to which a smart specializaţi on approach might be appropriate in remote circumpolar regions, and what lessons the concept can itself learn from such regions. Drawing on examples from three regions-Arjeplog (Sweden), Svalbard (Norway), and the Yukon (Canada)-the article suggests that the smart specializaţi on approach has much to offer but that the approach would be strengthened through incorporating the parti cularities of innovation in the Circumpolar North.

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Healy, A. (2017). Innovation in Circumpolar Regions: New Challenges for Smart Specialization. The Northern Review, (45), 11–32. https://doi.org/10.22584/nr45.2017.002

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