The university third mission and the European Structural Funds in peripheral regions: Insights from Finland

Salomaa, Maria and Charles, David (2021) The university third mission and the European Structural Funds in peripheral regions: Insights from Finland. Science and Public Policy. scab003. ISSN 0302-3427 (In Press)

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Current EU policies aim to support regional research, development, and innovation activities. The Cohesion Policy, implemented through Structural Funds (SFs) Operational Programmes, seeks to foster local level innovation. In parallel, universities have become important drivers of regional development through their ‘third mission’ driven by the different policy levels. This article investigates the tensions between the primary institutional logics of the university and the institutional logic of the SF programmes in peripheral regions as experienced by a multi-disciplinary university network from Finland. The findings from the case study reveal competing and co-evolving institutional logics of the two frameworks; university-led SF activities increase collaboration with local stakeholders, but the implementation of SF projects remains challenging (e.g. strict guidelines, higher education (HE) policies driving research excellence). Further investigation of these results in different regional contexts could provide new tools for managing the university third mission more efficiently, through SF programmes and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłdowska-Curie Grant agreement No. 722295.
Uncontrolled Keywords: structural funds, third mission, regional development, higher education institutions, peripheral regions, institutional logics
Subjects: L100 Economics
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 12:22
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:42

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