The Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway was established in October 2012. The Institute builds on ten years of success for the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change which has had significant impacts in terms of funding awards, publication outputs, including high ranked journal publications, commissoned research reports, development of doctoral student and contributions to innovation policy development.

The Institute is the largest national multi-disciplinary research hub focused on building an internationally-recognised programme of research-led impacts, as well as activity contributing to public policy debates and contemporary societal issues facing Ireland and Europe. The Institute fosters a culture of research excellence by bringing together scholastic strengths from the College of Business, Public Policy and Law and the College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway, and also facilitates, supports and enhances existing and emerging collaborative research interactions nationally and internationally.

The Institute’s priority research themes are of national and international importance, and our research to date has made significant contributions to the advancement of new knowledge and to policy and practice in business and society. Our scholars are pursuing research that is at the cutting edge of the business and social science agenda and their research outputs include peer reviewed journal articles, monographs, book chapters and policy reports. Graduate students are actively involved in national and international research networks and collaborations that form a multi-faceted and dynamic learning environment.

The Institute’s research themes are drawn from the research strengths across nine Schools and twenty two disciplines areas in business and social sciences. This scale and scope of research activities creates a vibrant environment that provides academics, researchers, doctoral students and graduates the opportunity to engage with leading international scholars and a wide range of regional, national and international stakeholders.

To compete on a global scale, there is a need for innovative and diverse thinking to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. At the Whitaker Institute, our research is at the frontier of understanding the drivers and impacts that shape society and business in a regional, national and international context. Our collective focus at the Institute is to inspire inquiry and be an integrating multi-disciplinary hub that supports rigorous, relevant and innovative research that has scientific, policy, practice and societal impacts.

Whitaker Institute

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is a statutory body that was set up to promote both social and economic development in the Western Region of Ireland by:
• Developing strategic regional development projects in sectors with growth potential, particularly for rural areas, including renewable energy, creative industries, tourism and organic agri-food.
• Undertaking high quality social and economic analysis to inform government policy and try to ensure it is directed at improving the social and economic situation in the region.
• Promoting the benefits of living, working and setting up business in the Western Region and connecting with the region’s large overseas diaspora.
• Operating the Western Investment Fund (WIF) to provide loans and equity to business and local communities in the West.
Small, flexible and regionally focused, the WDC collaborates with public, private and voluntary sectors. The organisation’s strong ethos of sharing intellectual and other resources means it is well placed to help achieve common good within the NPP region.
The WDC has been engaged with developing the creative sector in the Western Region since 2008 when it commissioned the first comprehensive baseline research on the sector in the region. This led to the development of a range of recommendations to further grow this sector in the region. These recommendations, together with a subsequent economic impact analysis conducted by NUI Galway which measured the potential jobs and income impact of their implementation, informed the design of Creative Edge project.
The WDC is working closely with national and regional partners to ensure the potential of the creative sector to create jobs, stimulate growth and innovation, increase exports and enhance the attractiveness of the Western Region of Ireland is fully realised.

Western Development Commission

SEED (South Eastern Economic Development) is a grouping of local authorities in the eastern part of Northern Ireland, specifically Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry & Mourne Councils.

We were part of the original team that generated the Creative Edge concept and are a full partner responsible for delivering the ‘Creative Spaces’ work package. It is an integral part of our strategy to encourage growth and development of the sector across our region. Other complimentary projects we will bring forward in the coming months include the Creative Economy Exporting Programme and the D3 Digital Programme.

Craigavon Borough Council, N.Ireland takes the lead role in the Creative Edge project for the South East Economic Development (SEED) Group of Councils Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne.
For further information please contact:

Charlotte Quinn – Creative Edge Project Officer (

Paul Kavanagh – Economic Development Officer (

South Eastern Economic Development

Kemi-Tornio UAS considers its most important task to be the training of entrepreneurially spirited, highly skilled people, who understand the conditions and possibilities of the North. The UAS provides education for the young and adults leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the fields of business and administration, culture, technology, health care and social services and natural sciences. We have a variety of 17 degree programmes, in five of which the language of teaching and studying is English.

From the student’s point of view, the strengths of the Kemi-Tornio UAS are modern technology and know-how in eLearning, co-operation with the business and working life both in Finland and abroad as well as internationalisation.

The Kemi-Tornio UAS has developed a broad and active network for international co-operation opening up opportunities for students to complete part of their Bachelor’s theses and practical training abroad. The University supports the development of students’ personal professional skills with versatile teaching methods as well as independent study through supportive guidance. The University is rather small, which is an advantage to our students: They get to know their teachers and tutors well and the other way around.

Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences is a competent educator and developer.
• We actively build Lapland’s future in a customer-oriented fashion, participating in the development of the province.
• We educate experts in welfare, business, technology and culture, utilizing the latest technology.
• We conduct research and development that promotes the economic life and welfare of the region.

Vision 2012
We are an expert that is nationally and internationally respected in our strategic fields of expertise as part of the Lapland University Consortium LUC. Our strength is based on high-level expertise and
recognised, innovative know-how.

• Expertise and wisdom
• Creativity and courage
• Credibility and trust

Strategic environments
• Industrial Lapland
• Lapland of Wellbeing
• Lapland of Experiments and Culture
• Lapland of Business and Entrepreneurship

Internationalisation is involved in all of our operations. The focus of our development is on English language programmes.

Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences

Film i Västerbotten is a regional resource centre for film and video. Our mission is to support and broaden film culture in the County of Västerbotten.

Film i Västerbotten co-produces shorts and documentaries and has an annual production budget of c. 100,000 €.

We also support film culture in general by arranging events, seminars, further education and much more besides. In particular we aim to ensure that children’s and young people’s needs are met. Film i Västerbotten also works to improve the position of the motion picture in Västerbotten’s cultural and business life and thus increase its significance in the development of the region.

Our vision is to work for a thriving, modern audiovisual industry in the county and the region. It will maintain high artistic standards and an international reputation and will operate in line with both the current and the future market. We aim to achieve this through developing skills in the long term and maintaining a creative climate in parallel with a basic programme that, with its focus on film culture, constitutes a natural bridge between different initiatives in the industry.

Contact information:
Address: Magasinsgatan 17B, 903 27 Umeå, Sweden
Phone +46 90 785 46 90, 86, 85