MAPS-LED "Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialization Strategies for Local Economic Development" is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE research project funded by the European Union's HORIZON 2020 program for Research and Innovation. The project intends to examine how S3 can be implemented, with respect to the new agenda of Europe 2020, by incorporating a place-based dimension.

The main aims are:


1)  to identify and examine S3 in terms of spatial, social and environmental factors;


2)  to take into account local needs and opportunities driving regional policy interventions not only to emphasize "Key Enable Technologies", but

    also to empower local innovation process - tacit knowledge, embedded social networks, innovative milieu.

Guest Speakers

Jesse Marsh

Atelier Studio

Andreas Faludi

Delft University of Technology

Dominique Foray

Polytechnique de Lausanne

Silvia Viviani

President of INU

Jan Maarten de Vet

Director of ECORYS Brussels

Paola Casavola

Head of Evaluation Unit at Department of Development and Social Cohesion, Ministry of Economic Development

Riccardo Padovani

Director of SVIMEZ

Mike Hardy

Coventry University (UK)

Francesca Moraci

Professor in Urban Planning

Universita' degli Studi "Mediterranea"

Roberto Mavilia

Bocconi University, CRIOS

Felice Arena

Vice Rector for 'Technology Transfer' and Professor of Ocean Engineering

Universita' degli Studi "Mediterranea"

MAPS-LED Network

Carmelina Bevilacqua

Project Coordinator

Universita' degli Studi "Mediterranea"


Massimiliano Ferrara

Contact Coordinator

Universita' degli Studi "Mediterranea"


Vincenzo Provenzano

Contact Coordinator PAU

Universita' degli Studi di Palermo

Michela Felicetti

Contact Coordinator PAU

Universita' degli Studi e-Campus

Bruno Monardo

Professor in Urban Planning

Universita' degli Studi "La Sapienza"


Christer Bengs

Professor in Spatial Planning

AALTO University (FI)


Erik Bichard

Professor in Urban Regeneration

University of Salford (UK)


Alan Dyer

Professor in Economics

Northeastern University of Boston (US)


Nico Calavita

Professor in Community Planning

San Diego State University (US)


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