Project duration: 2019 – 2023

Client: Ministry of Science and Education

The coordinator of the project: Sanja Maleković, PhD

Within the framework of the institute research project ‘The essence and colors of sustainable regional development in the Republic of Croatia’, topics related to sustainable local, urban, regional and rural development, bioeconomy, social entrepreneurship, tourism development, cross-border cooperation and participatory and integrated management were studied.

The research is fully aligned with the key development national and EU guidelines for the period up to 2027 and 2030, and primarily with the EU cohesion policy, the Green Plan until 2050 and the National Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2030.

Given the fact that this was the second year under the new EU multiannual financial framework (new programming period of cohesion policy for the period 2021-2027) and, consequently, the period when new development programs were being completed in Croatia, part of the research was focused on this relevant research and policy topic.

Activities were also continued to finalize the development and evaluate development strategies and programs at the regional, national and macro-regional levels, as well as at the level of public institutions and civil society organizations. The researchers are also active within the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).

Some of the activities being worked on during 2023 continue in 2024, such as cooperation with the World Bank on the preparation of the reform of wage setting mechanisms in the public sector and  the previous evaluation of the Bioeconomy Strategy until 2035 for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Scientists participated in the preparation of two scientific books, published 8 scientific papers in relevant journals represented in the WoS and SCOPUS databases and participated in 4 international scientific conferences. The results of the research during 2023 were presented to the general public by scientists through the online professional publication IRMO.

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