Policy Brief: Building Effective Transnational Partnerships

date 06.06.2018

The BSR Stars S3 project has together with Nordregio published a Policy Brief titled “Building Effective Transnational Partnerships: The Case of Smart Lighting”.

The aim of the Policy Brief is to explore the requirements for building effective transnational partnerships in different policy fields through exploring the case of the Lighting Metropolis project. This project was a cross-border innovation venture between Denmark and Sweden that sought to develop smart lighting solution in urban environments. The Policy Brief is based on a literature review in combination with interviews conducted in conjunction with several project partners, including Lightning Metropolis.

The Policy Brief explains the concept of smart lighting and the potential that it entails (including the fact that lighting accounts for 50% of electricity consumption in European cities) and the challenges that its deployment still faces. Furthermore, the policy brief presents the content of the project which is built on a triple-helix constellation, containing 26 partners, 100 stakeholders, including SMEs and 30 living labs and real-scale demonstration projects in the Greater Copenhagen region and surrounding local authorities.

The analytical work in the Policy Brief is centered on the empirical lessons drawn from the project, including aspects such as implementing the triple helix approach, the issue of a lack of transnational experience, stakeholder outreach, language barriers etc.

The Policy Brief presents 12 recommendations for future effective transnational collaborations, such as for example lowering co-funding rates to decrease administrative burdens and thus encourage SME participation. The 11 other recommendations can be found in the report itself, which you can find here.



John Moodie

Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio


Jukka Teräs

Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio