“RRI and regional development: common dilemmas, different approaches” was a series of three webinars dealing with the concepts of regional dilemmas and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The series was jointly organised by 4 different SwafS RRI projects (TeRRItoria, SeeRRI, RRI2SCALE, DigiTeRRI) and successfully brought together many European territories that share common regional dilemmas, as well as similar socio-economic and geographic characteristics. EURADA, WeDo and White Research organised these webinars between June 2021 to April 2022, with the aim to share the participating territories’ insights on how the same dilemmas are experienced differently and how RRI elements are territorially implemented to overcome them.
The webinars covered three topics:
- “Maritime territories: common dilemmas, different approaches”. The participating territories were Nordland (SeeRRI), Central Macedonia (TeRRItoria), Vestland, and Galicia (RRI2SCALE). Three general dilemmas were discussed in relation to territorial Research and Innovation (R&I): (i) how R&I impacts the sustainable use of regional maritime resources, (ii) how R&I affects depopulation and high urbanization levels in the region, and (iii) how maritime territories can advance currently low regional innovation levels that are responsible and inclusive.
- “Industrial territories: common dilemmas, different approaches”. The participating territories were Emilia Romagna (TeRRItoria), Overijssel (RRI2SCALE), B30 (SeeRRI), Lower Austria (SeeRRI), and Grand Est (DigiTeRRI). Speakers representing their territories discussed how the concept of “Twin Transition”, as the latter has been put forward by the European Commission in the European Skills Agenda, creates trade-offs for each European territory in a unique way, and how the regional application of RRI elements can help overcome these dilemmas and propel Green Growth and Digitalisation.
- “Rural territories: common dilemmas, different approaches”. The participating territories were Trondelag (TeRRItoria), Varmland (DigiTeRRI), and North East Romania (TeRRItoria). Speakers representing their territories discussed the two-fold challenge of rural de-population and brain-drain, and how the regional application of RRI elements can help overcome these dilemmas, especially through responsible digitalisation.
All webinars were recorded – you can watch them on YouTube.