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Top PI Kevin Morgan: My EU grants helped grow depressed economies

All over the world, universities are being called on to boost local economies. Cardiff University’s Kevin Morgan, an authority on the subject, tells Adam Smith how his European grants going back 20 years have helped to bring this idea to the attention of policymakers.

Two decades ago, Kevin Morgan advised the European Commission as it wrote its regional innovation policy and he persuaded the then Welsh Development Agency to test it. This is one example of how Morgan, a professor of governance and development at Cardiff University, has been involved in researching and implementing regional innovation policies with practitioners, academics and policymakers across the European Union.

Morgan’s latest work is a €2.7-million Framework Programme 7 project that aims to evaluate so-called smart specialisation, an approach to regional innovation that encourages regions to find their competitive advantage and focus any innovation investments, such as EU structural funds, on that.

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