Investing for resilience and recovery: defining a new role for clusters and smart specialisation

This workshop will critically examine how regional policy and cluster organisations are collaborating in developing and implementing smart specialisation strategies at regional and European level through two regional case studies and expert opinion.

The Friends

Knowledge Ecosystems in the new ERA

This Friends of Smart Specialisation (FoSS) report outlines the main points of the Briefing Note “Knowledge Ecosystems in the new ERA” for Stakeholder Consultation (July 2021) and in parallel our own comments on the relevant sections.

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The Friends

Stakeholder Consultation on the updating of the New Industrial Strategy

The Friends of Smart Specialisation were asked to contribute to the Opinion prepared by the Committee of Regions by Rapporteur Jeannette Baljeu on ‘The new Industrial Strategy for Europe’.

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FoSS Workshop at RSA Conference

FoSS organised a workshop within the RSA Regions in Recovery Festival on 8th June 2021 Regions in Recovery: Building Sustainable Futures - Global E-Festival - RSA Main (

  • Circular Economy

FoSS Cited in OECD Circular Economy Paper

FoSS have been cited in the OECD's recent publication on Circular Economy in Cities and Regions.

Download the full paper here


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Friends of Smart Specialisation

ERA Hubs as an engine for transformative place-based innovation investment priorities

With the European Green Deal and the Recovery and Resilience Plans, economic policies in the EU are moving towards a new economic growth and management model to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This is an era of systemic change that requires a fundamental rethink of the European multi-lateral governance model for transformative innovation.