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Policy for Green Growth and System Innovation

Accelerating the transition towards a sustainable Nordic society

A green forest. Photo.

About the course

The Nordic countries are among the forerunners in the transition to sustainable and prosperous societies. However, the severity of global warming and other grand challenges such as the biodiversity crisis makes it essential to maintain and strengthen current efforts. This course was built on the latest knowledge on policy and its role in facilitating changes towards greater sustainability in the systems that deliver core services, such as electricity and nutrition. The course aimed to connect this knowledge to the ongoing tasks of course participants in their everyday work to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The long-term objective was and is for participants to formulate and implement better policies for green growth and system innovation.

The course was offered to professionals working with policy formulation or implementation connecting to topics such as green growth and sustainability transitions in one of the Nordic countries. Participants were offered opportunities for cross-national exchange, as well as exchange between participants from different types of organisations, such as national and regional authorities, research and innovation funders, cluster organisations and other types of intermediaries. Four modules were covered:

  • Public sector competencies for system innovation
  • Making green growth happen: place leadership for transition
  • Policy instruments for green growth and innovation
  • Implementing transformative (or mission-oriented) innovation policy at the national and regional levels.

The course was facilitated by a consortium of Nordic universities and research institutes engaged in cutting-edge research on innovation, sustainability, economic development and policy, based on accumulated research from multiple projects on these topics, but formally part of the Green Growth Policy Mixes project financed by NordForsk.