Dr. Iryna Kristensen is a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio in Stockholm. Before she was affiliated to SCEUS – the Salzburg Centre for European Union Studies – and the Department of Social Sciences and Economics at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria). She graduated with a PhD from Salzburg University in 2015 on the topic of ‘Public-Private Partnerships and Regional Innovation Policy’. She worked as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy, Lund University (Sweden). Her current research focuses on questions related to regional development, innovation, green growth and smart specialization.