Sara Davies' projects

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Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU (BE-Rural)

Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU (BE-Rural)

2019 - 2022

The BE-Rural project aims to realise the potential of regional and local bio-based economies by supporting a wide group of stakeholders to participate in the development of bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps. It focuses particularly on five regions, namely Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), Szczecin Lagoon and Vistula Lagoon (Poland), Strumica (Macedonia), Covasna (Romania) and Vidzeme and Kurzeme (Latvia), each of which had strong potential in specific bio-based sectors (e.g. essential oils and herbs for cosmetics/pharmaceuticals; small-scale fisheries; agricultural residues; and forestry). BE-Rural will stimulate learning and the co-creation of knowledge within each individual region, but also between the five regions, and at a wider European level.

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Smart strategies for the transition in coal-intensive regions (TRACER)

Smart strategies for the transition in coal-intensive regions (TRACER)

2019 - 2022

TRACER aims to support a number of coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their research and innovation strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system.

The project focuses on nine regions. These are South East Bulgaria, North West Bohemia (CZ), Lusatian Lignite District (DE), West Macedonia (GR), Upper Silesian Coalfield (PL), West Romania and Wales (UK) within the EU, and Kolubara (Serbia) and Donetsk (Ukraine) outside the EU.

Core activities include:

  • bringing together a wide range of stakeholders in each target region to discuss and agree on a shared vision and priorities for coal transition
  • joint development of R&I strategies, industrial roadmaps and decision support tools
  • identification and analysis of best practice examples of successful and ambitious transition processes in coal intensive regions
  • assessment of social, environmental and technological challenges
  • the elaboration of guidelines on how to mobilise investment
  • activities to stimulate R&I cooperation among coal intensive regions in Europe and beyond.

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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.

Balance of Competences = Cohesion Policy Review

Balance of Competences = Cohesion Policy Review

2013 - 2014

The project involved an assessment of the evidence on EU Cohesion policy concerning whether and to what extent the objectives of the relevant policies have been met, and whether these policies and funds have delivered value for money – and an understanding of how this varies within and between policies. The review also considered EU infrastructure expenditure that might contribute to the broad aim of cohesion, specifically Trans-European Networks. The study contributed to the UK Government's EU Balance of Competences Review

Regional strategies for industrial areas

Regional strategies for industrial areas

2012 - 2012

The project involved research on regional development and regional development strategies in old-industrial regions of the EU.

Innovation in peripheral areas

Innovation in peripheral areas

2009 - 2010

Theproject examined the types of innovation that occur in peripheral, sparsely populated areas. It used a broad definition of innovation, ranging from the commercialisation of research and development, to the introduction of new services, business models and ways of working. It focused on sectors where innovation is rooted in the natural resources or sparse population of peripheral areas (e.g. alternative energies; wildlife/landscape tourism; food processing and marketing; cultural industries; and the use of ICT in public service delivery). It also examined the kinds of interaction that are important for innovation in remote areas and considered how innovation is shaped by local strengths (e.g. natural resources) and by external demand and supply-side factors (e.g. regulatory frameworks, external markets, government and business decisions). It focused in particular on peripheral areas of the Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

Sara Davies' publications

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Case studies of regional bioeconomy strategies across Europe

Charles D, Davies S, Miller S, Clement K, Overbeek G, Hoes A, Hasenheit M, KiresiewaZ, Kah S, Bianchini C
2016

Report submitted for the Horizon 2020-funded BioSTEP project

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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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Policy Reform under Challenging Conditions

Davies S, Ferry M and Gross F
2015

European Policy Research Paper, No. 90, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Impact evaluation of regional policy business support: what is the evidence?

Ferry M, Davies S
2015

Glasgow, UK, EoRPA Paper 15 (6), Paper prepared for the 36th Meeting of the EoRPA Regional Policy Research Consortium at Ross Priory, Loch Lomondside

Regional- und Kohäsionspolitik in der EU und ihren Mitgliedsstaaten

Davies S, Bachtler J and Wishlade F
2015

Handbuch der regionalen Wirtschaftsforderung

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 37(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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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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Regional Policy in Times of Austerity

Davies S, Bachtler J and Wishlade F
2013

Paper for the 34th meeting of the EoRPA Regional Policy Research Consortium, October, Ross Priory, Loch Lomondside.

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper, 33 (2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Paper for the 33nd meeting of the EoRPA Regional Policy Research Consortium, 3-5 October, Ross Priory, Loch Lomondside.

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Can peripheral regions innovate?

Davies S, Michie R and Vironen H
2012

Peripherality, Marginality and Border Issues in Northern Europe, Routledge / Regional Studies Association

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A Stock-Take of the EU Budget: Current Spending Allocations and Future Policy Perspectives

Wishlade F with Bachtler J, Davies S, Ferry M, Gross F, Kah S, McMaster I, Michie R, Penman M. and Vironen H
2011

Briefing Paper 4, Planning Bureau, Cyprus

Peripheral regions - a marginal concern?

Davies S and Michie R
2011

EoRPA Regional Research Consortium Paper 11/06, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 4 (3), 369-382

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 28 (2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Regional Studies, 45 (5), 695 - 706

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European Policy Research Papers, No 70, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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The geography of the crisis in Western Europe: National and regional impacts and policy responses

Bachtler J and Davies S
2010

Financial Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe - from Similarity to Diversity, Warsaw, SCHOLAR

Regional Policy under Crisis Conditions: Recent Regional Policy Developments in the EU and Norway_1

Bachtler J, Davies S, Ferry M, Gross F, Kah S and McMaster I
2010

Paper to the 30th Meeting of the European Regional Policy Research Consortium (EoRPA), Ross Priory, Loch Lomondside, Scotland 4-6 October 2009

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Rivista giuridica del Mezzogiorno

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