University of Neuchatel, University of Bern, EURADA
In a global economy affected by the financial crisis, by increasingly interconnected activities and by growing concerns for sustainable development, established models of economic and territorial development are profoundly called into question. This implies not just transposing existing theories and policy practices to new topical fields of action. It fundamentally calls for a new conception of policy intervention and territorial governance. What are the emerging approaches, practices and policies in the current context of socio-economic change? What are their possible futures in regard to territorial development and innovation policy?
INNO-Futures is a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation launched at the universities of Neuchâtel and Bern promoting interactive reflections between policy makers, regional agencies and research on the future of regional development and innovation policy.
Based on the outcome of three exploratory workshop held between 2014 and 2015 in Switzerland with various policy makers, regional agencies, entrepreneurs and researchers, this workshop proposes general provocative theses to be discussed with the participants. Some critical Swiss experiences will be presented, discussed and broadened in dialog with experiences from other countries in order to scale up further concrete and disruptive considerations for the future of territorial development and innovation policy at large.