Policy action for green restructuring in specialized industrial regions

Stig Erik Jakobsen, Elvira Uyarra, Rune Njøs, Arnt Fløysand

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Combining insights from evolutionary economic geography and socio-technical transition studies, this article provides a conceptual framework and a theory-informed empirical analysis of policy dimensions for regional green restructuring. The combination of these two perspectives allows the application and confrontation of analytical concepts with the particularities of regions, with a specific focus on the role of policy to ensure directionality. Empirically our discussion is illustrated by a case study of Western Norway, a specialized industrial region. We focus on the role of policy for the development of new green technology pathways within this region. We observe that different industry transition pathways within a region are influenced by various combinations of policy action, and that policy for regional green restructuring includes complex policy mixes initiated at different levels of governance. Our framework provides a suitable scheme for assessing the role of policy for green restructuring in regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-331
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Evolutionary economic geography
  • green restructuring
  • policy dimensions
  • regional industry development
  • socio-technical transition studies


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