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Fostering Regional Innovation and Development through Anchors and Networks: A Cross Regional Comparison in an Evolving International Context

Objective

The FRIDA (‘Fostering Regional Innovation and Development through Anchors and Networks’) project aims to improve regional policy making within the EU, by advancing state of the art understanding of the importance of anchor firms to regional development and cohesion. Anchor firms are known to be increasingly important to regional development as highly entrepreneurial, multi-national firms restructure and relocate in response to the pressures of globalisation. However, there is currently a substantial gap in our understanding of the reasons for their qualitatively different impacts on different regions, how and why they assist the development of networks and capabilities in regions, and what local policies make particular regions attractive, and influence anchor firms to contribute towards more cohesion and even development. By addressing these questions, the FRIDA project aims to both improve understanding and contribute towards the effectiveness of policy making. The outputs of the project are designed to directly help regional policy-making to better anticipate and respond to economic restructuring by helping create regional governance systems that ensure less developed regions level-up to the most developed regions, rather than more developed regions levelling-down in response to the increasing freedom of movement of capital, production and knowledge. In doing so, the project aims to directly address the main points in the call and improve development throughout Europe in a way that is more sustainable, even and socially cohesive.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 249 505
Administrative Contact
Diego Torresan (Dr.)

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT KAISERSLAUTERN

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 638
Address
Gottlieb Daimler Strasse
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Berthold Klein (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE MENDES FRANCE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 25 701,90
Address
Rue Des Universites 151
38040 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mariane Damois (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET EKONOMICZNY W KATOWICACH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 125 129
Address
Ulica 1 Maja 50
40 287 Katowice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katarzyna Hasnik (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 238 704
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossana Dowsett (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 213 685
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Maria Di Giacomo Marotta (Ms.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF UKRAINE IGOR SIKORSKY KYIV POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 25 725
Address
Prospect Peremohy 37
03056 Kyiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Oleksandr Zozuliov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET MANNHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 221 836,80
Address
Schloss
68161 Mannheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Al-Laham (Prof.)
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Grenoble
France
EU contribution
€ 165 052,30
Address
Place Andre Malraux 1
38016 Grenoble Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aude Alliot (Ms.)