Next partner meeting: Qaqortoq 8-12 September

A group of local politicians and planners from the Arctic and North Atlantic as well as researchers from Nordregio and  a number of other Nordic research institutions will be in Qaqortoq from 8-12 September  to discuss local planning and development.

The visit takes place in connection with the EU funded REGINA project, that aims to assist remote communities with a resource based economy enhance development and innovation. The REGINA project builds on the concept of smart specialization strategies used widely in the EU in connection with regional development. But the project adds a local focus on smaller towns and areas, rather than larger regions.

Smart specialisation is expected to strengthen regional development in Europe and increase innovation, investments and jobs based on local capabilities and assets. But is the smart specialisation concept also applicable for communities in remote and sparsely populated areas in the Arctic?

Can a local smart specialisation approach help smaller communities that often have less capacity to mobilise resources for strategic planning? The REGINA project provides a laboratory of five northern communities to explore the issue, including Kujalleq municipality in Greenland.The visit to Kujalleq will include study tours to small scale fisheries and other local companies and participants will discuss entrepreneurship and SME development. The trip will also focus on vulnerable groups in the local community as well as employment education and training.

For more information, please contact Michael Funch at +46 708 96 27 24 or      

"Towards Extended Shared Socioeconomic Pathways"

As a part of the project “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic” (AACA), funded by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the REGINA scientist Maiken Bjørkan is one of the authors of a recently published article relevant for the REGINA project. AACA is concerned with climate-and environmental changes as well as socio-economic changes that impacts the decision-making processes in the Arctic. The article is published in the highly ranked Global Environmental Change and is called “Towards Extended Shared Socioeconomic Pathways: A Combined Bottom-up and Top-down Methodology with Results from the Barents Region”. The first author is Annika E. Nilsson and the other co-authors are Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Henrik Carlsen, Bob van Oort, Kirsti Jylhä, Elena Klyuchnikova, Vladimir Masloboev, Lize-Marié van der Watt. It is relevant for the REGINA project in general as it is concerned with how communities are able to cope – or not – with changes as well their participation in decision-making in processes that traditionally are top-down driven. Moreover, this article provides an inspiration for the workshop methodology used in the REGINA framework to ensure a bottom-up decision making process with regards to the strengths, weaknesses and the visions for the communities. However, while the AACA projects used scenarios (shared socio-economic Pathways) REGINA does not put this into their workshop methodology. For those interested in learning more about Narratives and dig deeper into the use of scenarios, this article is recommended. 

The article, Towards Extended Shared Socioeconomic Pathways: A Combined Participatory Bottom-up and Top-down Methodology with Results from the Barents Region, can be found here:

"Scientists gather in Thurso" REGINA in the John O'Groat Journal 14 April 2017

print screen from the john o'groat journal, april 14 2017

print screen from the john o'groat journal, april 14 2017

REGINA partners met in Thurso for third meeting

The third partner meeting took place in Thurso, Scotland, and gathered all partners for discussions, workshops and an open seminar. Read more about the meeting here.

Local meeting in Brønnøysund made it to the local news

Brønnøysunds avis 24 february 2017

Brønnøysunds avis 24 february 2017


Meet one of our partners: Storuman Municipality

A brief interview with Karina Umander can now be found online.

REGINA NEWS #2 is now available online!

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Successful meeting in Sandnessjøen brings the project forward

The second partner meeting is a wrap and after two full days of presentations, work pods and exchange of experiences we are now ready for the next steps in the project. We have gathered some of the presentations, photos and other information from the meeting here

Meet one of our partners: Alstahaug Municipality

This is the second of the interviews with our partners. Alstahaug Municipality is one of the local partners and also the host of the upcoming partner meeting. 

Read the interview here

Meet one of our partners: Sodankylä Municipality

This is the first in a series of short interviews with our partners and an opportunity to get an insight into the project from the partner's perspective. Is there anything specific that you would like to know? Let us know.

Read the interview here.

Welcome to our open session in Sandnessjøen on August 16

The project's second partner meeting takes place between August 15 and 17 in the Rogaland region and we are happy to invite you to our open session where local politicians and actors will present local issues and challenges as well as the project. The invitation can be found here (in Norwegian). The session is an opportunity for media, locals and others interested in REGINA and the challenges that are examined in the project to gain more information and also meet researchers and project partners. For more information please contact Communications Officer Johanna Feuk at Nordregio

Presentations from the Baltic Sea Commission's General Assembly in Sandviken 27 May

The take on local smart specialisation that REGINA has got generated lots of interest in Sandviken and we were pleased to see that our workshop was well visited. Two presentations were held; one by Jukka Teräs, Nordregio and one by Karina Umander, Storuman Municipality. Both presentations can be found here (pdf).

Jukka teräs. picture by nordregio.

Jukka teräs. picture by nordregio.

REGINA partners at the Baltic Sea Commission's General Assembly in Sandviken 27 May

Nordregio, Storuman Municipality and Midtskandia will together hold a presentation on Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) where Nordregio will introduce the larger perspective and Storuman will talk about the local perspective. The General Assembly gathers actors from the Baltic Sea region and is hosted by the Baltic
Sea Commission and Region Gävleborg, in cooperation with Policy Area Innovation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. (EUSBSR) More information can be found here.

REGINA News #1 2016

REGINA News are produced in relation to meetings or other events that are of interest to stakeholder, partners and others that share the interest of the issues that are tackled within the project. The first News were produced after the Kick-off in Hemavan, Sweden in January 2016. Download the newsletter here

REGINA Fact sheet

Would you like to know more about REGINA or share information about the project? Our Fact sheet gives you a brief introduction to the project and tells you more about the challenges and opportunites that we are facing. Find it here