An analysis of the R&I eco-systems and stakeholders was carried out to identify the existing practices in RRI and to find a list of relevant stakeholders susceptible to integrate the RRI approach in four territories with each specific policy foci:

  • Western Macedonia (Greece): Economic transition to low-carbon economy, a smooth and innovative transition from the coal value chain towards an alternative development paradigm.
  • Sofia (Bulgaria): Support for innovation; digital transition and new skills; youth employment and entrepreneurship; and sustainable urban development.
  • Thalwil (Switzerland): Energy transitions and climate change responsiveness.
  • Sabadell (Catalonia, Spain): Smart Specialisation in circular economy in industrial systems; active ageing and intelligent design in industry.

First, a round of interviews was conducted in March and April 2021 for mapping and identifying stakeholders with:

  • high levels of interest in relation to RRI in practice
  • high levels of experience in RRI
  • high levels of power
  • high levels of influence on RRI in practice

The interviews (20-25 interviews per territory) aimed to look for relevant stakeholders in the Quadruple Helix (policymakers; civil society actors and citizens; academia and researchers; and companies) for their chosen policy areas. This initial contact allows analysing the knowledge, relationship, interest, and experience that the territorial actors have with the RRI keys and, thus, identify those ones relevant for RRI. 

Additionally, four policy workshops were organized in each territory during April 2021 to exchange experience between different groups of interests/stakeholders and thus screening the weakest points and identify opportunities for the integration of RRI keys and even synergies between the participants. As a result, the document “Map on stakeholder relationships and interdependencies and report on stakeholder need, interest, power and influence” was published in June (this document has not yet been reviewed by the European Commission. Its content might therefore change as a result of the review process).