Capacity building

Public policy is an ever-changing process. Capacity building initiatives need to provide the spaces and tools to adjust skills and practices to the new challenges.

The world is changing before our eyes: the way our societies will be organised in the near future may be very different from what we are used now.

Ensuring that public policy is capable to address such challenges requires building capacity for experimentation and learning, ensuring that the right conversations are being held and the right skilled are being built. Peer learning, co-creation, action research and role playing are all relevant methodologies to build skills for public policy.


Hands on training for the future policy analysts

Advanced research training provides crucial skills for policy making, generating the ability to articulate complex problems and reflect on them from theoretical and empirical points of view. However, reality may sometimes be distant from academic debate. This is why, within the POLISS consortium, a doctoral school funded by the EC, I am developing applied training days on policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation.

Innovation policy for sustainability transitions in the MED

Under the Panoramed Governance Platform, together with the Generalitat de Catalunya, we developed an online course, to answer these questions:

  • What are sustainability transitions and what is the role of innovation policy within them?
  • How can we frame them conceptually in a way that helps policy making?
  • How can we drive sustainability transitions in the Mediterranean?
  • What does it all mean for regional policies?
  • And in particular for Smart Specialisation Strategies?

The course is free and self-paced and is available here.

Methodological support to the implementation of Smart Specialisation in Latin America

I supported the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in developing a series of five seminars to strengthen skills and capacity in designing and implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies in Latin American countries. More information is available here.

Communities of practice for knowledge-based development at the subnational level

Together with the United Nations Commisions for Latin Americ and the Carabbean, I developed three events aimed at peer learning and capacity building. The Communities of Practice centred around debating practical experiences of local development strategies in the EU and in Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

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Four levels of listening for policy making

Four levels of listening for policy making

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Keynote on the challenges of Transnational Learning

Keynote on the challenges of Transnational Learning

On the 29th of April I gave a keynote as part of the H2020 project  Seerri on the limits of Transnational Learning Processes. I realised I felt like Bob Dylan in "We are the world", and I discovered that I was not alone.  To me, after many years in...

Relevant Publications

Towards a transformative Smart Specialisation Strategy

lessons from Catalonia, Bulgaria and Greece

Marinelli, E., Fernandez Sirera, T. & Pontikakis, D. (2020)

JRC Technical Reports JRC124128.

Smart Specialisation at work:

the policy makers’ view on strategy design and implementation

Guzzo, F., Gianelle, C. & Marinelli, E. (2018)

JRC Technical Reports JRC114141.

Higher education and Smart Specialization in North-East Romania:

opportunities for knowledge-based development

Marinelli, E., Mironov, C. (2019)

In Caseiro, N. & Santos, D. (Eds). Smart Specialization Strategies and the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities (pp. 234-354). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.