Irene McMaster'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.

Analysis for the revised North Sea 2020 Strategy

Analysis for the revised North Sea 2020 Strategy

2016 - 2016

The project involves a background statistical review and area analysis of the North Sea Region to support the development of a revised North Sea Region 2020 Strategy.

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.

North Sea Region Programme: setting baselines and indicators

North Sea Region Programme: setting baselines and indicators

2014 - 2015

The project involved an ex ante evaluation of the North Sea Region Programme (NSRP) for the 2014-20 period and a subsequent project to set the indicators, baselines and targets for the 2014-20. This involved supporting the work of the NSRP drafting team in the development of programme indicators, in particular result indicators; refining a methodology for the development of appropriate results indicators; establishing appropriate result baseline values for the NSRP; and proposing results targets for the NSRP.

European Union Committee - Tenth Report

European Union Committee - Tenth Report

2014 - 2015

The project involved the provision of advice to the House of Lords Sub Committee D Inquiry into EU Marine Regional Co-operation.

Irene McMaster's publications

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EU Cooperation and Innovation – Delivering Value from our European Partnerships

Irene McMaster, John Bachtler and Linda Stewart
2018

The work, commissioned by Scotland Europa, presents the findings of the Scottish Stakeholder Discussion on the Future of European Collaboration, held on 29 September 2017 in Edinburgh organised by Scotland Europa, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. The aims of the Conference were to stimulate participation in current EU programmes and wider EU collaboration as ‘investment in the future’, and to gather views to feed into Brexit discussions at Scottish and UK levels. The primary focus was on competitive EU funding programmes, in particular Horizon 2020 and INTERREG, but the debate also included the role of, and synergies, with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and other forms of EU project-based funding.

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 41(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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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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UK Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation: Experiences, Lessons and Future

McMaster I
2017

European Policy Research Paper, No. 100, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

in Gänzle, S and Kern K.(eds) A Macro-Regional Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence Palgrave, pp. 47-72

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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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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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Arctic Connections, Mapping Regional Cooperation in the Arctic,

van der Zwet A, Bachtler J and McMaster I
2014

Paper prepared for the Arctic Connections Conference in Glasgow 10-11 June 2014, EPRC, 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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Paper prepared for the Arctic Connections Conference in Glasgow 10-11 June 2014, EPRC, University of Strathclyde

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in Gorzelak, G. and Zawalinska, K (eds) European Territories: From Cooperation to Integration? Scholar: Warsaw, .pp. 54-68

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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

Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (8), 1502-1528

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Final Report- Scientific Report

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The 2nd On-Going Evaluation of the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013

McMaster I, van der Zwet A and Vironen H
2012

Final Evaluation Report to the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten

in OECD Territorial Review of the NORA Region, Paris, OECD, pp. 201-259

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