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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 builds 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 aims to connect this knowledge to the ongoing tasks of course participants in their everyday work, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The long-term objective is to allow participants to formulate and implement better policies for green growth and system innovation.

The course is 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 may be working with innovation policy or with sectoral policy, but with a clear focus on transitioning to sustainability. The course emphasises 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, and cluster organisations and other types of intermediaries.

Course design

The course consists of four modules: 

  • Public sector competences 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 level.

Course details

Duration of the course: 9 September 2021 - 10 December 2021

Prerequisites: at least four years’ experience with policy formulation or implementation of relevance for the topic of the current course.

Course fee: the course is free of charge for policymakers and practitioners working with policy formulation or implementation connecting to topics such as green growth and sustainability transitions in one of the Nordic countries. The course is financed by NordForsk through the Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme.

Location: online and one physical meeting in Lund.

Application period: 12 May 2021 - 30 June 2021

More information about the course and application procedure

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