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Designing a Smart Specialisation Strategy

About This Course

This course deals with innovation policies for regional development. It provides numerous perspectives regarding the concept of smart specialisation and presents the tools and methods necessary for designing a smart specialisation strategy.


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Dominique Foray

Dominique Foray is Full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and holds the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI).

He is a member of the Swiss Council for Science and Innovation which is advising the Federal Government, the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF); and a foreign member of the Center of Capitalism and Society (Columbia University, New York).

From 2007 to 2015, he was a member of the National Research Council (Switzerland). From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the Expert Commission for Research and Innovation of Germany (E-FI) which is directly advising the German Chancellor, and a member of the Expert Group for the National Report on Research and Innovation (SBFI, Switzerland).

From 2008 to 2011, he served as chairman of the expert group Knowledge for Growth; a group of prominent economists created to advise the European Commission, DG research). This is during his service as member of this Group that he developed the concept of smart specialisation (together with P.A.David, B.Hall and B.van Ark) that is now a key policy mechanism of the EU in the framework of cohesion policy.

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Martin Eichler

Martin Eichler is Chief Economist and member of the Executive Board of BAK Economics AG. He is a regular public speaker with a strong presence in the Swiss and international media.

As Chief Economist at BAK Economics, he is responsible for quality of the economic research and for BAK Economics' economic forecasting. Specifically, Martin Eichler developed the “Regional Economic Analysis” project (REA, previously “International Benchmarking Programme”), a combination of data driven fact finding for regions, regional economic analysis and consulting towards regional economic strategies. He is an expert for economic–political questions regarding Swiss as well as international regions. He is deeply involved in developing indicators to support regions in terms of regional benchmarking and economic assessment.

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