As part of the current work of ERSA and its members in reinforcing links between academics and policy makers, we are launching a series of keynote lecture series & workshops in the coming years, with the collaboration of the EC DG for Regional and Urban Policy.  The lectures are held at DG REGIO premises, Brussels, Belgium

The purpose is to make available to a broader range of policymakers important research in the context of the preparation for post-2020 EU Cohesion Policy Proposals. The first lecture started on 13 November 2015.



24  October 2019

Human Capital, Inequality and Resilient Regional Labour Markets

Speaker: Prof. Jouke van Dijk, Professor of Regional Labour Market Analysis, University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department Economic Geography

Discussant: Dr. Maria Abreu, University Lecturer in Land Economy, Department Of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK

Download the presentations:  REGIO-ERSA Lecture Jouke van Dijk  REGIO-ERSA Discussion Maria Abreu

Watch the lecture via the web streaming link (available  2 years)

20 June 2019

Transport investment, economic performance, and regional development.

Speaker: Patricia Melo, Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Portugal

Discussant: Taede Tillema, University of Groningen. KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis, The Netherlands

Download the presentations: REGIO-ERSA Lecture Patricia Melo  REGIO-ERSA Discussion Taede Tillema

Watch the lecture via the web streaming link (available  2 years)

07 February 2019

Innovation and the region’s context

Speaker: Prof. Enrique López-Bazo,  AQR-University of Barcelona, Spain
Discussant: Dr. Mikaela Backman, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Lecture Enrique López-Bazo  ERSA-REGIO Discussion Mikaela Backman

Watch the lecture via the webstreaming link (available  2 years)


19 November 2018

Human capital migration and regional development: some reflections

Speaker: Prof. Alessandra Faggian, Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila, Italy
Discussant: Dr. Jaako Simonen, University of Oulu, Finland

Download the presentations: ERSA REGIO Lecture Alessandra Faggian ERSA REGIO Discussion Jaakko Simonen

Watch the lecture via the webstreaming link (available  2 years)

11 June 2018

The importance of urban-rural interactions for post-2020 EU cohesion policy

Speaker: Prof. Eveline van Leeuwen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Discussant: Dr. Frédéric Wallet,  Inra – University of Paris Saclay, France

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Lecture Eveline van Leeuwen  ERSA-REGIO Discussion Frédéric Wallet

23 April 2018

The role of EU cities for regional development: Opportunities and challenges

Speaker: Prof. Henri de Groot, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Discussant: Prof. Céline Rozenblat, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Lecture Henri deGroot   ERSA-REGIO Celine Rosenblat

19 February 2018

The EU Cohesion Policy: what works and where?

Speaker: Prof. Riccardo Crescenzi, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, UK

Discussant: Dr. Lionel Védrine, Research Fellow INRA, UMR CESAER Dijon, France

Download the presentation: ERSA-REGIO Lecture Crescenzi    ERSA-REGIO Discussion Vedrine

Discussion documents:

One or many cohesion policies of the European Union? On the diverging impacts of cohesion policy across member ERSA-REGIO sercdp

Cohesion policy incentives for collaborative industrial research. The evaluation of a smart specialisation forerunner program  ERSA-REGIO sercdp 2


6 October 2017

Regional diversification, relatedness and smart specialisatio

Speaker: Prof. Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Discussant: Prof. Raquel Ortega Argiles, the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the University of Birmingham,UK

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Boschma  ERSA-REGIO Ortega-Agiles


09 September 2016

 Skilled cities, regional disparities and efficient transport

Speaker: Prof. Jacques-François Thisse, Université Catholique de Louvain
and Prof. Stef Proost, KU Leuven, Belgium

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO_Thisse  ERSA-REGIO_Proost Thisse

17 June 2016

The Public Animateur: Place-based innovation and the Smart State

Speaker: Prof. Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, Special Adviser to Commissioner Creţu, UK
Discussant: Dr. Michaela Trippl, Lund University,Sweden

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO_Morgan   ERSA-REGIO_Trippl

8 April 2016

Territorial scenarios for Europe: future alternative growth strategies

Speaker:Prof. Roberta Capello, Politechnico di Milano, Italy

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Capello

4 March 2016

Smart specialisation strategies in the EU and their policy impact

Speaker:Prof. Dominique Foray, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Discussant: Prof. Frank van Oort, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Foray         ERSA-REGIO Oort_on_foray


11 December 2015

EU Cohesion Policy and Europe’s Shifting Economic Landscape

Speaker:Prof. Philip McCann, University of Groningen, Special Adviser to EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, The Netherlands
Discussant: Prof. Gunther Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Mccann   ERSA-REGIO Maier

13 November 2015

The Impact of Cohesion Policy on “old” and “new” Member States

Speaker:Prof. John Bachtler, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,UK
Prof. Grzegorz Gorzelak,
University of Warsaw, Poland
Discussant: Prof. Daniela Constantin, Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest, Romania

Download the presentations: ERSA-REGIO Bachtler   ERSA-REGIO-Gorzelak


See the video recordings

Information about the presentations and videos are also posted on Inforegio website