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January 2023

Regional Resilience Study in Northern Ostrobothnia for the Council of Oulu Region

The study on regional resilience in Northern Ostrobothnia was carried out by Norrum and TK-Eval in 2022. 

Regional resilience is related to regional actors’ ability to respond to changing conditions, for example, geopolitical changes, factory closings and other structural changes. The study investigated the ability of Northern Ostrobothnia to respond and prepare for risks in the short and long term. The study identified and analysed risks and assets in Northern Ostrobothnia and its 30 municipalities, especially from the point of view of key industries and the regional economy. The analysis included interviews with representatives of municipalities, key companies, and other stakeholders.

Please read more (in Finnish) by clicking the image above.

January 2023

Åland’s structural fund programme 2014-2020: Final evaluation report 2022

Norrum contributed to an evaluation study by Nordregio on the structural fund programme in Åland 2014-2020. (Ålands strukturfondsprogram 2014-2020: Utvärderarnas slutrapport 2022.)

The study assesses that the programme has played a significant role in supporting regional development in Åland, especially during the pandemic where financial support was provided to people and businesses to help kickstart the recovery of society. 

 If you are interested to read more (in Swedish), please use the link by clicking the image. 

December 2022

The World Circular Economy Forum 2022

Jukka Teräs contributed to the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) Accelerator Session: How to attract circular economy investments to eco-industrial parks on 8th December 2022, organised by Circular Economy Centre. Jukka acted as a moderator of the session. If you wish to follow the discussions, please use the link by clicking the image. 

November 2022

Such a great visit to the Nordregio Forum 2022 at the Hamar Culture House in Norway!

Jukka participated in the forum on November 23, 2022 as a panelist on labour mismatch in the Nordics, together with Swedish, Norwegian, and   Danish experts. Thank you for the photo, Mats Stjernberg!

Find more about the event by clicking the photo

October 2022

A new blog post by Norrum on multi-locality in the Nordics

READ HERE (in Finnish)

The MATTI project provides information on the effects of multi-locality and place-independence on sustainable rural knowledge economies. As part of the project, Norrum conducted a Nordic benchmarking study. The blog post summarises some of the best practices from Nordics. 

Read more about the MATTI project: Click here to the project page

August 2022

Norrum Oy kick-starts autumn with a project about regional resilience in Northern Ostrobothnia.

The project is funded by the Council of Oulu Region, and it examines the regional resilience in the region’s 30 municipalities from the perspective of key industries and the regional economy. The research examines the region’s ability to respond and prepare for shocks and risks in the short
and long term. Risks affecting the regional economy are discussed in relation to the economy, technology, price fluctuations, changes in demand, regulation, and the environment. The study will be completed by November 2022.

Read more (in Finnish): Click here for the project description by the Council of Oulu region

June 2022

Norrum moderated PRE-PRINSE’22 roundtable session Food safety in the logistic value chains – hot, cold, bacteria-free on June 7th 2022 at VTT, Oulu.

The Roundtable discussion focused on the possibilities to bring printed intelligence into the food industry. The session included discussion and brainstorming on production, distribution, processing of foodstuffs, as well as food safety and local food issues. The session gathered international experts on printed intelligence and food sector experts, as well as financial experts. The session was moderated by Jukka Teräs, Norrum Oy. 

In PrintoCent, companies get easy access to new business development and pilot manufacturing resources for the introduction of printed intelligence components, systems and products, from pilot production to early market trials. Application focus areas range from rapid disposable diagnostics, smart flexible lighting and wearables to Internet-of-Things with sensors and energy harvesting. PrintoCent has wide global reach with its international member companies and partners. In Oulu region more than 300 experts are available in research and in industry. The way of working in PrintoCent is based on regular Cluster Meetings and project based operations. The overall programme is coordinated by VTT. 

May 2022

The final report and second policy Brief on regional smart adaptation is now out! 

Norrum participated in the preparation of the publication in cooperation with the Centre for Regional Research Spatia. The report uses the smart shrinking framework to examine how municipalities have adapted to the population decline in Finland. The concept of smart shrinking is still unestablished and taking shape in Finnish regional politics and the study of regional development and municipalities. The work has been part of the Prime Minister’s Office assignment, Finland (2021-2022).

The report is published in Finnish. Please find the English summary at the page 5. Click the picture to access the final report and the policy brief. 

November 2021

Second Policy Brief on monitoring mechanisms of industrial circular economy is now out!

Similarly with the first policy brief, published in September 2021, Norrum participated in the preparation of the publication in cooperation with the Circular Economy Centre in Kemi, Finland, and the Sitra Innovation Fund in Helsinki, Finland. The policy brief summarises the main outcomes of the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 interactive session on the Benefits of Measuring eco-industrial parks on 15th September 2021.

The policy brief is published on the website of Circular Economy Centre. Click the picture to access the policy brief. 

October 2021

Report on Nordic countries’ regional policies and efforts to deal with economic crises in regions or municipalities

Tillväxtanalys published in September 2021 a report on Nordic countries’ regional policies and efforts to deal with economic crises in regions or municipalities. (Nordisk studie om regionalpolitik och omställningsförmåga). The purpose of the study is to contribute knowledge and experience about the Nordic countries’ regional policies and efforts to deal with economic crises in regions or municipalities. Jukka Teräs participated in the study as part of Nordregio’s expert group. The publication also presents structural policy measures in Nordic countries. 

Click here to access the publication 

October 2021

Norrum Oy participating in a project about multilocality in rural areas of Finland

The MATTI project (Monipaikkaisuus ja maaseudun tietotalous) on multilocality, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, focuses on understanding distance work and multilocality, with an emphasis on knowledge-intensive work and economy in rural areas. The MATTI project analyses the effects of covid-19 on multilocality, too. The implementation of the MATTI project is taken care of by MDI and Norrum. The project includes a Nordic benchmarking approach, too. The project will run until the end of 2022. 

Read more: Click here to the project page

September 2021

The World Circular Economy Forum 2021

Jukka Teräs and Eeva Turunen contributed to the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) session on The benefits of measuring eco-industrial parks on 15th September 2021, organised by Circular Economy Centre, Sitra and UNIDO. Jukka moderated the session and Eeva presented the Policy Brief on Measuring industrial circular economy (Please see the previous post). If you wish to follow the discussions, please use the link by clicking the logo. (Video starts on 11 min 38 sec)

The session attracted more than 200 participants from 40+ countries. We had an inspiring discussion and important contribution also from the audience through real time Mentimeter questionnaire. As was addressed in the conclusions, networking is a crucial part of developing the sustainable performance of industrial circular economy. Happy to be part of the great network of the WCEF organisation and eco-industrial parks in Finland!

September 2021

Policy Brief on measuring the industrial circular economy  in eco-industrial parks

Norrum participated in the preparation of the Digipolis Policy Brief on measuring the industrial circular economy in eco-industrial parks. The Policy Brief has been prepared in cooperation with the Circular Economy Centre in Kemi, Finland, and the Sitra Innovation Fund in Helsinki, Finland and it is the first in a series of publications introducing the monitoring mechanisms of eco-industrial parks. The publication introduces recommendations on developing the monitoring mechanisms for eco-industrial parks that aim to meet the global sustainable challenge by promoting circular economy. 

The policy brief is published on the website of Circular Economy Centre. Click the picture to access the policy brief. 

August 2021

August 2021

Norrumin asiantuntijat Jukka Teräs ja Eeva Turunen osallistuivat Kiertotalouskeskuksen  Policy Brief -julkaisun laatimiseen teollisen kiertotalouden mittaamisesta ekoteollisuuspuistoissa. Policy Brief on ensimmäinen osa julkaisusarjaa, jossa esitellään ekoteollisuuspuistojen mittaamista. Julkaisussa avataan kehittämisehdotuksia yksittäisten ekoteollisuuspuistojen, kansainvälisten asiantuntijoiden ja Suomen ekoteollisuuspuistojen verkostotoiminnan näkökulmasta. Lue lisää ja lataa julkaisu klikkaamalla kuvaa. 

May 2021

 

Jukka Teräs moderated an international session in Cleanest Air in the World – Today and Tomorrow webinar on 28 May 2021. The webinar was arranged by the Regional Council of Lapland as part of European Green Week initiative. The keynote speakers in the session:

  • Markku Markkula, CoR rapporteur on Climate Adaptation, Covenant of Mayors Climate Ambassador for Finnish Cities and Regions
  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit (B3), Joint Research Centre, Spain
  • Anders Bergström, EUSBSR Policy Area Coordinator PA Education, Science and Social affairs, Norden Association

Please click the Arctic Smartness logo to find more information about the webinar.

April 2021

Jukka Teräs acted as moderator of the MIREU H 2020 project final webinar conference on April 20, 2021. More than 100 conference participants shared their insights on the regional cooperation and how it supports the mining and metallurgy sector. Moreover, practical showcases of the interregional cooperation and its benefits in EU and internationally were discussed at the event. Please find more information about the MIREU project by clicking the MIREU logo. 

April 2021

Eeva Turunen has started as a project coordinator at Norrum Oy in April 2021. Previously Eeva worked as a junior research fellow and cartographer at Nordregio, Stockholm. Her main interests and themes of experience in regional development include smart specialisation, regional resilience and smart shrinking in rural areas. She has an educational background with environmental and natural resource economy from the University of Helsinki.

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