The course explores the most recent and exciting work in the field of regional development. Both theoretical and empirical aspects will be covered, with a precise focus on regional policy that improves economic well-being in different regions. The course gives the participants an opportunity to enhance analytical and critical skills relevant for developing a holistic perspective on regional development with a special focus on issues of post-crisis and post-globalized world. This course is the opportunity for scholars and professionals to enhance their knowledge about and discuss on issues closely related to the role of infrastructure, institutions and innovations for local and regional development.


At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate the current socio-economic issues of regional development.
  • Develop basic framework for analysing the knowledge base of the latest achievements on the role of infrastructure, institutions and innovations for local and regional development.
  • Connect various elements of regional and local development.
  • Develop a holistic perspective on local and regional development that takes an integrative approach towards complex mechanisms of local and regional development


  • Graduate students in economics (or in social sciences, technical sciences or science related fields) who intend to round out their knowledge in the regional science and use it in the process of preparing dissertations.

  • Holders of undergraduate degrees or students on last year of their studies in economics or the social sciences who wish to study the field of regional economics.

  • Researchers and professionals working in the field.


This FEBT Summer school program offers participants the possibility of going through evaluation process for the purpose of requesting official credit transfers (ECTS).

Evaluation process

Participants who wish to acquire 6 ECTS will be evaluated based on the regular and active course attendance and  taking an exam in the form of take-home essay.

The goal of the essay is to show the necessary ability to critically think about the challenges of behavioural economics and the essay should have approximately 10.000 words.


Participants not interested in credit transfer will instead receive the Certificate of Attendence, stating the course completed. These students will be neither evaluated nor graded.


The price of course includes lecture and practical hours. More details about fees find here!


Week of June 26 - 30, 2023 (face to face) 

Lecture themes Lecturers Lecture Hours
Shifting Horizons in Local and Regional Development Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Why Regional Development Matters for Europe’s Economc Future 4
Regional Policy in Changing Europe Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Territorial Innovation and proximity relations

André Torre

Smart specialization policies in rural areas

Multisectoral and Multi-regional Economic Modelling

Eduardo Amaral Haddad 

Spatial Resilience and Naturel Calamities Peter Nijkamp 
(Open University, Heerlen)
A Place-Based and Extended Corona Dashboard for the Netherlands Karima Kourtit
(Open University, Heerlen)

Tourism and Economic Resilience: Implications for Regional Policy

Gabriela Carmen Pascariu 


Building Resilience beyond EU borders

Bogdan–Constantin IBĂNESCU 2
Regional Resilience: the role of agency and place-based approaches - from Empirical Research Results in the Nordic Countries

Alberto Giacometti 

Context and the Role of EU Regional Policy

Vinko Muštra (FEBT)

Workshop for the implementation of open innovations in the context of EU and regional development and the implementation of EU policy* Blanka Šimundić (FEBT) 3
* Essay writing includes 2 (+3) hours of lectures (workshop) and 105 individual hours of participants who want to join the Summer School for the purposes of requesting official credit transfers of 6 ECTS