Oxford Research has been commissioned by Region Jämtland Härjedalen to conduct an analysis of regional strengths for a coming regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

During 2019, Region Jämtland Härjedalen is in the process of revising its regional development strategy. One part of the process is to better understand the region’s prerequisites for smart specialisation in order to develop a regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

Oxford Research was commissioned to conduct an initial analysis of the region’s strengths. The assignment was divided into three phases:

  1. Data collection
  2. Analysis
  3. Validation

In the first phase, data on specific strengths among knowledge-generating actors (e.g. universities or research institutes) and businesses will be collected. Especially desk research, interviews and descriptive analysis of statistics will be applied as methods.

In the second phase, the observed strengths will be used to identify and map common strengths that span across knowledge-generation and the regional industry. This will be analysed from multiple perspectives, including different dimensions of sustainability, gender equality and relevant connections to other actors regionally and globally.

The third and last phase consists of a validation process where Oxford Research will discuss the results together with the client. The assignment will conclude with a report to be presented in September 2019, which will include the results from each phase as well as a combined analysis. The report will be presented orally for the client, and the presentation will be followed by a future-oriented workshop led by Oxford Research.