REGINA has developed the concept of Local Smart Specialisation (LS3) as a support framework for rural and remote communities. It can be used to facilitate strategic decisions when facing the development or the demise of large-scale resource-based industries. This page features the necessary documents to develop your own LS3 strategy.  

Reader guide: Start with general fact sheets, then move on to other main materials, and finally to additional working material if needed.

The Local Smart Specialisation Framework

The documents here provide an overview to the 6-step LS3 framework, as well as guidelines to mapping your current situation (step 1), assess challenges and opportunities (step 2) and develop policy options (step 6).

(The main output of the REGINA project focuses on steps 3, 4 and 5 as outlined in the overviews below.)

Factsheet: Empowering remote communities with resource-based economies  
(Available in: NO, SV, SU)

Policy Brief: Local Smart Specialisation

Step 1 and Step 2: Guidelines

Step 6: Guidelines

Additional working material

The 6-step Model for Local Smart Specialisation Strategies

Step 1 and 2: Summary of local partner workshops


Foresight Analysis (step 3)

This includes guidelines and a template for the REGINA Demographic Foresight Model – DFM.

Factsheet: Demographic Foresight Model (DFM)

User Manual: Demographic Foresight Model

Demographic Foresight Model: Excel Template

Additional working material

Report: Demographic change and labour market challenges



Local Benefit Retention (step 5) 

This includes the guidelines to the REGINA Local Benefit Analysis Toolbox – LBAT.

Factsheet: Local Benefit Analysis Toolbox (LBAT)

Local Benefit Analysis Toolbox: Guidelines for Implementation

Additional working material

Business and Entrepreneurship: Baseline Capacity Reports

“Planning and development tools for small-scale communities with large-scales industries”