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Interaction with Researchers and Stakeholders at the XIV HSE April Conference

Professor Jordi Surinach, University of Barcelona, is representing the SEARCH project at the HSE’s April Conference.

— You are the coordinator of the SEARCH project for 17 universities from across Europe. Could you give us an overview of the project, please? What is its main goal?

— The project is an EU initiative, and part of of the 7th Framework Programme. It is called ‘Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive Neighborhoods’.

The main objective of this project is to strengthen the integration process between the EU and the Neighbourhood Countries (NCs) by focusing on the European Research Neighbourhood (ERN). This will help facilitate an understanding of the institutional framework conditions of the ENP countries and their economic interactions with the EU in terms of people, capital, trade, knowledge, and innovation.

SEARCH aims to improve the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy by taking into account that "one size fits all" policy recommendations will not be appropriate in this situation, due to the bilateral nature of EU-ENP country agreements. 

The research priority areas for strengthening EU-NC cooperation are:

  • Trade and economic integration
  • Facilitating mobility and managing migration flows
  • Knowledge, creation and innovation diffusion/ adoption
  • Social, cultural and institutional environments
  • Improved interregional cooperation strategies

We have distributed the project in 6 work packages:

Wp1. Background. ENP: Past, Present and Future

Wp2. Trade Flows and Localisation Choices

Wp3. People Mobility and Human Capital

Wp4.  Technological Activities and Innovation Diffusion in the EU and Interactions with Neighbouring Regions

Wp5. Institutional Environment

Wp6. Policy Issues and Research Implications: Towards an Integrated ERN Policy Posture

On our webpage you can find all the working papers, policy briefs and results connected with our project. 

— The project is unique in how it brings together so many researchers. What are the differences between scientists from different countries? What do they have in common? From your experience, what is the average researcher like?

— In my opinion, any differences between researchers are not due to their nationality but down to the specialization of each partner.

The project is multidisciplinary, and each partner has researchers who analyze one topic or another, depending on their specialization. The approaches used, which can either be more descriptive or based on surveys or econometric models, also depend on the specialization of each partner. Every Work Package has been carried out by different partners, complementing each other. At the end of each WorkPackage, the partial results are brought together in a Summary Report.

A modern researcher is one that knows the background and literature related to the topic and can speak English.

— How would you describe your cooperation with the HSE? 

— The HSE is one of the partners of the consortium. Our cooperation with them is very useful because they give us some approaches which complement other "central-European partners". They always contribute very interesting working papers to our project and have offered us the opportunity to disseminate our results through this very international conference. That’s why we are here!

HSE is a very strong partner and deeply committed to our project.

— What do you expect from the April conference 2013? What should be done for achievement of better scientific economic results? 

— As I said earlier, we are looking forward to presenting some of our results. It’s impossible for us to present all our results as we have produced about 50 working papers. Here, we going to share the results of about 12 of them We’re also looking forward to meeting other researchers and stakeholders, hopefully they’ll be able to give us some suggestions for further research!

Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for HSE news service

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