Transnational Governance Frameworks for Sustainable Innovation: The Case Of The Blue Bioeconomy In The Mediterranean


  • David Fernández-Guerrero Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentario (CREDA-UPC-IRTA)
  • Riccardo Palazzolo-Henkes Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentario (CREDA-UPC-IRTA)
  • Martin Federico Alba Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentario (CREDA-UPC-IRTA)
  • Saray Ramírez-Rodríguez Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentario (CREDA-UPC-IRTA)
  • Lourdes Reig-Puig Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentario (CREDA-UPC-IRTA)



Blue bioeconomy, innovation policy, sustainable development challenges, transnational governance, multi-level governance


Recent developments in innovation policy have challenged the initial assumptions of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), initially aimed at promoting innovation for regional growth. In response to the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new S3 seeks to address social and sustainable development challenges. The present study sets out to propose an extension of one of these reformed S3 approaches to a multilevel governance setting. The study will propose a governance model suitable to support innovation in the blue bioeconomy –those economic activities related to the living resources at sea–, in the Mediterranean.


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