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Partnerships and networks

Local and regional partnerships

The Research Group is tied to the Centre for Regional Analysis (CRA). CRA was created in partnership with the Region of Västra Götaland during spring 2006. The aim is to supply multi-faceted knowledge of local and regional prerequisites for competitiveness of the Region of Västra Götaland. A main issue is if there are any specific factors enabling the location of activities and attracting people to specific urban areas and regions. Another issue concerns how different actors (e.g. politicians, businessmen,  academics) interact and thereby may contribute to urban and regional development. This interplay of knowledge processing imply a strategic position of the human being influencing regional competitiveness. Thus the work of the CRA Research Group is performed by contacts to representatives of different authorities and organisations such as:

-        Municipalities of Västra Götaland,
-        the Region of Västra Götaland,
-        SJ and the Swedish Road Administration,
-        Universities and Research Institutes.

International partners and networks
The international contacts are mainly related to networks within Europe. The Group  participates in:
-         the 6:th framework project EURODITE with more than 20 different departments around Europe.

The aim is to analyse the relationship between the knowledge based economy and regional development, through comparative innovation studies. One central theme is the role of city-regions in innovation and economic development. In the case of Västra Götaland, the automotive sector and the role of new knowledge-based clusters and proximity (Lindholmen Science Park) is studied. Partners:
- Institute for Work and Technology, Gelsenkirchen, Germany,
-  Department of Geography, University of Marburg, Germany,
- Center for Regional and Urban Studies, University of Birmingham, UK,
- Centro de Estudos Geográficos da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

Besides, the location of Västra Götaland with borders to Norway, makes the European INTERREG-program of special interest. Thus networks are established to representatives of:
- Östfold Fylke,
-  Västra Götaland, based on support of the European Union, 
    enabling studies of the integration
    of the Norwegian and Swedish labour markets.

 Furthermore the studies are presented and discussed in international research groups:
- IGU/Global Information Society,
- Digital Communities, Urban & Regional Planning Program, 
  Department of Geography, East Lansing, Michigan,
-  RESER (European Association for Research in the Service Industry).

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