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INTRANSIT- Innovation Policy for Industrial Transformation, Sustainability and Digitalization

The Norwegian business sector is under pressure to transform from at least three global trends with significant, long-term impacts: The projected drop in value creation from petroleum markets, the need to tackle climate change and other grand challenges, and the competitive potentials generated through major leaps in digitalization.

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Research and innovation policies will impact the way industry responds to these pressures, but their contribution will depend on an improved understanding of the complex interplay between these pressures, ongoing transformation processes in industries and firms, and the composition of the R&I policy mix.

With this in mind, the INTRANSIT centre will develop a comprehensive understanding of how industrial transformation towards a more sustainable and smarter Norwegian economy can be fostered, and how R&I policies can be further developed to achieve this goal.

INTRANSIT looks upon industrial transformations as multi-level phenomena involving interconnected changes at macro level, at the level of specific sectors in society and at the level of firms and other organizations.

INTRANSIT is organized as a multidisciplinary and multi-method research centre with five interrelated research streams (transformation pressures, sectoral pathways, agents and interactions, digitalization and policy) that reflect the multi-level nature of industrial transformations, and addresses these issues in four broad economic sectors: energy/petroleum, maritime/shipping, bio-economy/aquaculture, and manufacturing.

These are all vital sectors in the Norwegian economy nationally and regionally, and their successful adaptation to green and digital transformation pressures will have major implications for value creation and employment in coming decades.

The INTRANSIT Centre includes four main research partners, a panel of international R&I policy experts and user partners from industy, policy and NGOs.

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The project has received funding from the Norwegian Research Council.

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Project duration

2019 - 2026