• Innovation networks and green restructuring: Which path development can EU Framework Programmes stimulate in Norway?

    • Giuseppe Calignano
      Department of Geography and Regional Research, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, University of Vienna
    • Rune Dahl Fitjar
      UiS Business School, University of Stavanger
    • Nina Hjertvikrem
      UiS Business School, University of Stavanger
  • With combined insights from evolutionary economic geography and transition studies, the article examines the engagement of different regions in Norway in the innovation networks created within the European Union’s environmental programmes. The aim is to explore the programmes’ potential for supporting green economy and economic restructuring through branching and new path creation. The authors assess which regions participate in the programmes, which international networks they build, and which organisations participate in different regions. They compare three regions with different restructuring needs and research capacity – the counties of Rogaland, Hordaland, and Sør-Trøndelag (now part of the county of Trøndelag). They find that overall, Norwegian organisations participate relatively frequently in the programmes, but private firms play a marginal role. Their partners are mainly in core EU regions. Regional participation in the programmes is a function of research capacity as well as oil dependence. The authors conclude that in research-oriented regions, research establishments tend to dominate participation, creating potential for restructuring mainly through path creation. In oil-dependent regions, private firms account for a higher share of participants, enhancing the potential for branching. As the former regions participate more, the programme can mainly stimulate path creation.

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  • http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:937267

  • Article

  • Published Version

  • 2019

  • 73

  • 1

  • 65-78

  • Informa UK Limited

  • English

  • Open access

  • CC BY Attribution 4.0 International
    © 2019 The Author(s)

  • 0029-1951

  • economic restructuring; evolutionary economic geography; green economy; innovation networks; transition studies