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The RIS4DANU Project

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A Horizon Europe project with the aim to facilitate social-sustainable-technological transition in Danube regions through the revitalization of disused industry sites.


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Project & Objectives

The RIS4Danu project seeks to elaborate strategic business development plans for the re-opening of 21 disused industrial sites in the Danube Macro-Region, an area that stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Project Partners

The RIS4Danu project relies on a solid consortium of seasoned partners who have a long history of collaboration and reached a high-level of mutual trust. The participating leading organizations and the associated local support partners and regional authorities and owners of disused industrial sites have been selected for their unique abilities to respond to the project’s specific challenges.

Advisory Board

Work of the RIS4Danu project is accompanied by a high-level Advisory Board, which provides current knowledge, critical thinking and analysis to the project.

0Local Communities
0Disused Sites


Podravje – Maribor, Slovenia


Styrian Technology Park (STP) & Regional Development Agency Podravje – Maribor


Maribor is the administrative capital of the Slovenian second largest region (Podravje).

Nord-Est region, Romania


RDA Nord Est, City Hall of Slănic-Moldova, Moinesti Municipality


The North-Est Region is the largest development region in Romania, having two strong economic sectors, namely services and the manufacturing industry.

Usti Region, Czech Republic


Regional Office of the Ústí Region (Krajský úřad Ústeckého kraje) & icuk - Usti Innovation Center (Inovační centrum Ústeckého kraje)


The Usti region is traditionally industrial region facing challenge of decarbonisation, especially in the coalmining and chemistry industries.

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Results of the Regional Analysis of the Podravje region

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

RIS4Danu Interim Regional Report

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Results of the Regional Analysis of the Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Results of the Regional Analysis of the Hajdu-Bihar Region, Hungary

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Rethinking regional economic resilience: Preconditions and processes shaping transformative resilience

Trippl, Michaela et al. (2023). European Urban and Regional Studies. DOI:10.1177/09697764231172326

Results of the Regional Analysis of the Usti Region, Czech Republic

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Results of the Regional Analysis of the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg Region

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Results of the Regional Analysis of Lower Austria

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer et al., University of Vienna (2023)

Eine grüne Zukunft für alte Industriestandorte

Oliver Ziegler (2022). Tagesspiegel Background. 07.09.2022

The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it)

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés. (2017). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11 (1). pp. 189-209. ISSN 1752-1378.

Partnerships for Regional Innovation – Playbook

Pontikakis, D., González Vázquez, I., Bianchi, G., Ranga, M., Marques Santos, A., Reimeris, R., Mifsud, S. (2022). European Commission - Joint Research Centre.

Smart specialization strategies as a case of mission-oriented policy—a case study on the emergence of new policy practices

Dominique Foray. (2018). Industrial and Corporate Change 27:5, 817–832.

Smart specialization strategies—insights gained from a unique European policy experiment on innovation and industrial policy design

Dominique Foray, Martin Eichler & Michael Keller. (2021). Review of Evolutionary Political Economy 2, 83–103.

Transformative Activities for Smart Specialisation: Considerations on a Workshop Methodology

Meier-zu-Koecker, Gerd; Foray, Dominique; Keller, Michael; Bersier, Jacques. (2018). Working Paper.

Unravelling green regional industrial path development: Regional preconditions, asset modification and agency

Michaela Trippl, Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer, Alexandra Frangenheim, Arne Isaksen & Jan Ole Rypestøl. (2020). Geoforum, 111, 189–197.

Reconsidering regional structural conditions for industrial renewal

Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer, Lea Fuenfschilling, Johan Miörner & Michaela Trippl. (2022). Regional Studies, 6:4, 579-591.

White Paper on Strengthening the Capacities of Clusters in the Danube Region

Ziegler, Oliver; Schneider, Konstantin; et al.. (2020). Interreg.

Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives

Lars Coenen & Kevin Morgan. (2020). Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, 74:1, 13–24.

Regional innovation systems in an era of grand societal challenges: reorientation versus transformation

Arne Isaksen, Michaela Trippl & Heike Mayer. (2022). European Planning Studies.

Place-based innovation for sustainability

Philip McCann & Luc Soete. (2020). Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change

Johan Schot & W. Edward Steinmueller. (2018). Research Policy, 47:9, 1554–1567.

New directions for RIS studies and policies in the face of grand societal challenges

Franz Tödtling, Michaela Trippl & Veronika Desch. (2021). European Planning Studies.

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