One of the most pressing and complicated issues that European regions face nowadays is how to introduce and develop Research and Innovation (R&I) regional policies that promote sustainable development and achieve societal inclusion and citizen participation, under a framework of democratic governance. This is the so-called “Regional Dilemma”. The aim of RRI2SCALE Project is to directly address the Dilemma of four pilot European participating territories: Hordaland (Norway), Overijssel (Netherlands), Kriti (Greece) and Galicia (Spain) by empowering the regional ecosystems and boosting their development trajectories in the R&I domain. The project’s ultimate goal is to embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) processes into the current R&I systems, thus accomplishing sustainable and inclusive institutional evolution in the governance structures of these regions. To put it simply: the project seeks to implant RRI policies and norms in the four territories. The process operationalises within the triple scheme of “smart cities – transport – energy”, which can be regarded as institutional vehicles for sustainable growth.
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