Stefan Kah's projects

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Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU (BE-Rural)

Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU (BE-Rural)

2019 - 2022

The BE-Rural project aims to realise the potential of regional and local bio-based economies by supporting a wide group of stakeholders to participate in the development of bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps. It focuses particularly on five regions, namely Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), Szczecin Lagoon and Vistuala Lagoon (Poland), Strumica (Macedonia), Covasna (Romania) and Vidzeme and Kurzeme (Latvia), each of which had strong potential in specific bio-based sectors (e.g. essential oils and herbs for cosmetics/pharmaceuticals; small-scale fisheries; agricultural residues; and forestry). BE-Rural will stimulate learning and the co-creation of knowledge within each individual region, but also between the five regions, and at a wider European level.

Synergies among EU Funds in research and innovation in agriculture

Synergies among EU Funds in research and innovation in agriculture

2018 - 2019

The project aims to provide a better understanding of the potential and the use of synergies among EU funds in the fields of research and innovation in the agri-food sector. The study is managed by Stefan Kah in cooperation with Markus Gruber of convelop. It will explore the procedures with regard to stimulating synergies of authorities responsible for EU funds at all relevant levels (EU, national, regional) and will identify success stories and lessons learned. The study is intended to provide inspiration through cases that demonstrate added value and impact of synergies.

Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

Territorial strategies supported by EU territorial tools

2016 - 2017

The project involves mapping how integrated territorial approaches are being planned and implemented, gaining insights into progress and challenges. The research encompasses 800 integrated territorial strategies from across the EU, focusing on the factors influencing the way in which territorial strategies are set up and implemented and the effectiveness of the strategies.

Improving the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments

Improving the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments

2016 - 2017

This project involved research on the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments (FIs). The new regulatory framework for EU Cohesion policy in 2014-20 has reinforced the scope for (repayable) financial instruments to deliver Cohesion policy objectives, as an alternative to using grants. The research focuses on: identifying the rationale for using FIs within Cohesion policy programmes; providing a ‘stocktake’ of how EU Member States are making use of FIs in 2014-20; identifying the issues which influence uptake of FIs; and analysing complementarities and interaction between Cohesion-policy funded FIs and other sources of funding such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

2015 - 2017

The project is about promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European bioeconomy. Funded by Horizon 2020, it BioSTEP aims to engage citizens and various stakeholder groups in discussions about the future development of Europe’s bioeconomy. Its objective is to increase the overall awareness and understanding of the bioeconomy as well as its consequences and benefits by considering citizens' needs and concerns. In order to overcome the current lack of public knowledge on the bioeconomy, BioSTEP makes existing data on bio-based products and processes accessible to the general public and various stakeholder groups. In addition, BioSTEP involves identifying and disseminating best practices on the participatory development of national and regional bioeconomy strategies.

How to maximise synergies between European Structural & Investment Funds and other EU Instruments

How to maximise synergies between European Structural & Investment Funds and other EU Instruments

2015 - 2016

The project, for the European Parliament REGI Committee, involves examining synergies between ESIF and other EU instruments, particularly Horizon 2020, RIS3, CEF, COSME, EaSI, EFSI. It includes research on Commission bodies and actors involved in the maximisation of synergies between ESIF and other EU instruments, among authorities involved in the implementation of these instruments and in relevant Member State authorities. The study  assesses the pursuit of synergies via different means: regulatory provisions, strategic frameworks, operational structures and processes.

Stefan Kah's publications

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 42(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Improving the take-up and effectiveness of financial instruments

Wishlade F, Michie R, Robertson P and Vernon P
2017

Final Report to European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Policy, Directorate B - Policy, Unit B.1 - Policy Development and Economic Analysis

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 41(2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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L’efficacia delle misure per la collaborazione tra imprese e imprese e ricerca

Polverari L, Kah S, Lehuraux T and Vironen H
2016

Relazione per la Regione Lombardia realizzata nell'ambito della valutazione ongoing del programma FESR 2007-2013

Case studies of regional bioeconomy strategies across Europe

Charles D, Davies S, Miller S, Clement K, Overbeek G, Hoes A, Hasenheit M, KiresiewaZ, Kah S, Bianchini C
2016

Report submitted for the Horizon 2020-funded BioSTEP project

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Directorate-General for Internal Policies; Policy Department B; Structural and Cohesion Policies, Strasbourg, European Parliament, IP/B/REGI/IC/2015-131

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Attrattivita' territoriale e aiuti alle imprese: elementi di trasferibilita' e lezioni dagli interventi FESR in selezionati paesi europei

Polverari L and Kah S, with Elefterios Antonopoulos, Timothee Lehuraux, Martin Ferry and Carlos Mendez
2016

Relazione finale dello studio realizzato per Invitalia nell'ambito dell'assistenza tecnica del POIN Attrattori culturali, naturali e turismo FESR 2007-2013

Final Report to European Parliament, European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, Brussels

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Transnationales LEADER-Projekt Slow (Food) Travel – ein vergleichender Ergebnisbericht, Studie für die LAG Oststeirisches Kernland

Kah S
2015

Evaluation of the transnational LEADER Project "Slow Travel"

Transnationale Kooperation in LEADER als wertvoller Entwicklungsimpuls – das Beispiel Oststeirisches Kernland

Kah S
2015

Transnational cooperation projects in LEADER - analysis of their potentials and outlook into the 2014-20 programme period

Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Preparations and Administrative Capacity of Member States

Tödtling-Schönhofer H, Hamza C and Radzyner A (METIS); Bachtler J, Kah S and Mendez C (EPRC)
2014

Report to European Parliament, Brussels, European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development

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Ex-ante Evaluierung für das aus dem Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) kofinanzierte Operationelle Programm „Investitionen in Wachstum und Beschäftigung Österreich 2014-2020“

Breitfuss-Loidl M, Ploder M, Reidl S, Wagner-Schuster D, Bachtler J and Kah S
2014

Ex-ante evaluation of the Austrian ERDF OP 2014-20

Transnationales LEADER-Projekt CULTLANDS – ein vergleichender Ergebnisbericht, Studie für die LAG Oststeirisches Kernland

Kah S
2014

Evaluation of the transnational LEADER Project "Cultlands"

Balance of Competences Cohesion Review: Literature Review on EU Cohesion Policy

Polverari L and Bachtler J, with Davies S, Kah S, Mendez C, Michie R and Vironen H
2014

Final Report to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London, Published online

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 32 (2), Glasgow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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in Ceccarelli G, Grandi A and Magagnoli S (ed) Typicality in History. Tradition, Innovation, and Terroir, Peter Lang, Bruxelles.

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Reflections on the Performance of Cohesion Policy

Bachtler J, Mendez C and Kah S
2013

Territorial Cohesion in Europe, Pecs, Institute for Regional Studies, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,

IQ-Net Thematic Paper 31 (2), Glasgow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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IQ-Net Review Paper 30 (1), Glasgow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

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Paper to Regional Studies Association network on Cohesion policy one day conference, Glasgow, 10-11 December 2012

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