Heidi Vironen's projects

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Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

2016 - 2017

The project involves mapping how integrated territorial approaches are being planned and implemented, gaining insights into progress and challenges. The research encompasses 800 integrated territorial strategies from across the EU, focusing on the factors influencing the way in which territorial strategies are set up and implemented and the effectiveness of the strategies.

Improving the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments

Improving the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments

2016 - 2017

This project involved research on the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments (FIs). The new regulatory framework for EU Cohesion policy in 2014-20 has reinforced the scope for (repayable) financial instruments to deliver Cohesion policy objectives, as an alternative to using grants. The research focuses on: identifying the rationale for using FIs within Cohesion policy programmes; providing a ‘stocktake’ of how EU Member States are making use of FIs in 2014-20; identifying the issues which influence uptake of FIs; and analysing complementarities and interaction between Cohesion-policy funded FIs and other sources of funding such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

2015 - 2017

The project is about promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European bioeconomy. Funded by Horizon 2020, it BioSTEP aims to engage citizens and various stakeholder groups in discussions about the future development of Europe’s bioeconomy. Its objective is to increase the overall awareness and understanding of the bioeconomy as well as its consequences and benefits by considering citizens' needs and concerns. In order to overcome the current lack of public knowledge on the bioeconomy, BioSTEP makes existing data on bio-based products and processes accessible to the general public and various stakeholder groups. In addition, BioSTEP involves identifying and disseminating best practices on the participatory development of national and regional bioeconomy strategies.

Northern Periphery Programme Preparatory Project - Coordination Mechanism

Northern Periphery Programme Preparatory Project - Coordination Mechanism

2015 - 2015

The project involved research on the development of an Arctic regional collaboration mechanism funded by the Northern Periphery Programme. The aim was to consider the need for improved collaboration across regional economic development programmes in the Arctic and how a collaboration mechanism can be optimally structured and delivered. In doing so, the project will critically assess the potential for synergies, the benefits for stakeholders of improved collaboration and options for systems/platforms for collaboration and knowledge sharing and building.

Guide for sustainable urban development

Guide for sustainable urban development

2015 - 2015

The project, commissioned by the World Bank, examined the development, management and implementation of integrated sustainable urban development strategies.

Ex-post evaluation 2007-2013: WP3 Financial Instruments

Ex-post evaluation 2007-2013: WP3 Financial Instruments

2014 - 2016

The project comprised an ex post evaluation of the rationale, implementation and early evidence of the effectiveness of financial engineering instruments in the 2007-13 period. The study focusses on the eleven countries where total equity/venture capital exceeds EUR 100 million or where loan and guarantee support exceeds EUR 200 million, plus Denmark where equity/venture capital accounts for a high proportion of spending. The research involves assessing the policy rationales for the instruments as well as the literature to develop typical theories of change for why and how the various instruments work.

Heidi Vironen's publications

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Improving the take-up and effectiveness of financial instruments

Wishlade F, Michie R, Robertson P and Vernon P
2017

Final Report to European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Policy, Directorate B - Policy, Unit B.1 - Policy Development and Economic Analysis

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (ESTiF) 2017 Vol 5, Issue 3, pp. 235-244  

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European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (ESTiF) 2017 Vol 5, Issue 3, pp. 175-177

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L’efficacia delle misure per la collaborazione tra imprese e imprese e ricerca

Polverari L, Kah S, Lehuraux T and Vironen H
2016

Relazione per la Regione Lombardia realizzata nell'ambito della valutazione ongoing del programma FESR 2007-2013

IQ-Net Review Paper 39(1), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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First signs of growth: progress with the 2014-20 programmes

Vironen H & Lehuraux T
2016

IQ-Net Review Paper 38 (1), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Case studies of national bioeconomy strategies in Finland and Germany

Davies S, Griestop L, Vironen H, Bachtler J, Dozhdeva V, Michie R
2016

Report submitted for the Horizon 2020-funded BioSTEP project

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Northern Periphery Programme Preparatory Project - Arctic Collaboration Mechanism

McMaster I, van der Zwet A, Vironen H, Gaskell F and Jawahir I
2015

Final Report to Scottish Government and Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

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Ex Ante Evaluation of the 2014-2020 Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

McMaster I, Clement K, van der Zwet A, Vironen H, Granqvist K, Miller S, Olmsäter T, Hallin G, Hugosson J
2015

Final Report to the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, EPRC, University of Strathclyde

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Collection Studies, Madrid, EUROsocial, No.2

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Ex Ante Evaluation of the 2014-2020 North Sea Region Programme

McMaster I, Clement K, van der Zwet A, Vironen H, Miller S and Granqvist K
2014

Final Report to the Managing Authority of the 2014-2020 North Sea Region Programme, EPRC, University of Strathclyde

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Ex Ante Evaluation of the North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020; Final Ex Ante Evaluation Report

McMaster I, Clement K, van der Zwet A, Vironen H, Miller S, Granqvist K
2014

Draft Report to the Managing Authority of the 2007-13 North Sea Region Programme

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IQ-Net Review Paper 35 (1), Glasgow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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Ex Ante Evaluation of the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020

McMaster I, Clement K, van der Zwet A, Vironen H, Granqvist K, Miller S, Olmsäter T, Hallin G, Hugosson J
2014

Draft Report to the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten

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Balance of Competences Cohesion Review: Literature Review on EU Cohesion Policy

Polverari L and Bachtler J, with Davies S, Kah S, Mendez C, Michie R and Vironen H
2014

Final Report to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London, Published online

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Territorial Cooperation Governance

McMaster I, van der Zwet A and Vironen H
2013

European Territories. EUROREG, University of Warsaw & Ministry of Regional Development, pp. 155-166. ISBN 978-83-7383-643-3

Territorial cooperation in Scotland-Norway-Sweden border regions

van der Zwet A and Vironen H
2013

in Gorzelak G and Zawalinska K (ed) (2013) European Territories: From Co-operation to Integration?, Scholar, Warsaw, pp. 238-247

IQ-Net Review Paper 33 (1), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Brasilia, 2-3 December 2013, Meeting of Latin America Network on Regional Policy

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Preparing for Cohesion policy in 2014-20

Vironen H
2013

Preparing for Cohesion policy in 2014-20, Glasgow, 27 June 2013, Training seminar for delegation of county mayors from Finland,

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