Midway seminar: Smart Specialization - where do European regions stand?

An investigation into the situation of European regions in terms of smart specialization.


Artur Santoalha. Photo: UiO

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Artur Santoalha is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Culture (TIK). This seminar marks his mid-way evaluation.


Project description

As the literature defends that smart specialization is a process of regional diversification, I have been studying how to measure the performance of European regions (NUTS2) in terms of technological diversification, and possible determinants that explain differences between regions in this respect.  How successful are various regions at diversifying? What factors may explain existing differences between regions in terms of diversification? Another research question I would like to answer is the following: What is the impact of regional diversification on regional development?

Therefore, my PhD research focuses on three main topics. The first concerns the use of indicators to measure regional diversification. The second aims at understanding what determines interregional differences in terms of diversification. The last topic is about the impact of diversification on regional development, more specifically on given regional macroeconomic variables like GDP growth or unemployment.


Thesis advisor

  • Fulvio Castellaci (TIK)


  • Per Botolf Maurseth  (Handelshøyskolen BI)

  • Sverre Herstad  (Høgskolen i Lillehammer - HiL)


The seminar is open to everyone, and the manuscript is available upon request.


Published Nov. 27, 2017 10:49 AM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2017 10:49 AM