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Day One: Mismatch in the labour market

Wednesday, 23 November, 12:00-19:00 CET 

Nordic labour markets are challenged by a number of trends, of which the ageing population, digitalization, mismatch between competencies available vs. needed, and the green transition stick out as perhaps the most important. How can regions adapt to demographic challenges, and rapid social and technological changes in the labour market? How can we achieve regional labour markets that are both sustainable and inclusive? What does the green transition mean to different regional labour markets?



12:00 – 13:30
Hamar Culture House

Registration to Nordregio Forum 2022

13:30 – 15:00
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Opening of the conference

  • Moderator (TBC)
  • Kjersti Bjørnstad, State Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development

Keynote speech - Building a sustainable and inclusive labour market: Experiences from Innlandet

  • Even Aleksander Hagen, Innlandet County Mayor

Panel discussion - What kind of mismatches exist in the Nordics? Why is there a labour market mismatch? What are the solutions?

  • Rikard Eriksson, Researcher at Umeå University, Sweden,
  • Jukka Teräs, Researcher at Norrum Oy, Finland,
  • Kresten Olesen, Director of RegLab DK
  • Jimmy Sand, Analyst at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research/NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, University of Gothenburg
  • Distriktcentret, Norway (TBC)
  • The Faroese employers' association, the Faroe Islands (TBC)

15:00 - 15:20

Coffee Break

Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Research insights - Re-starting competence mobility

  • Anna Lundgren, Senior Research Fellow and Ágúst Bogason, Research Fellow at Nordregio

Nordic solutions - an inspiring journey with companies, organisations, projects and initiatives that have successful examples of tackling the labour market imbalance problem

  • Chana Svensson, Co-founder & CEO & Markus Gustafsson, Co-founder & Chairman of the Board for MindDig
    Attracting talents for the green industrial revolution in Northern Sweden
  • Kate Plaskonis, Advisor at Greater Copenhagen
    Matching skills through cross-border competence mobility
  • Gloppen modellen, Norway (TBC)

16:30 - 17:30

Policy workshops (Parallel) - joint discussions on translating Global/Nordic research findings to the local/national context, as well as developing relevant policy recommendations:

19:00 -

Cultural programme and dinner

Day Two: Urban communities in green transition

Thursday, 24 November, 8:00-15:30 CET

Nordic cities are facing a complexity of different types of interrelated challenges. A key question is how cities can be planned and developed to become climate- and environmentally friendly, along with being socially sustainable. Addressing the multitude of interconnected urban challenges also requires partnerships and collaboration between different levels of government, private actors and citizens.



8:00 - 9:00
Hamar Culture House

Breakfast mingle - discover new contacts and discuss your ideas, potential projects or collaborations with fellow participants

  • John Moodie, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio
    Regional Leadership

9:00 - 10:30
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

Opening of Day 2

  • Ryan Weber, Moderator
  • Erik Vieth Pedersen, Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Chair of Nordregio Board

Research insights - Urban communities in green transition

  • Luciane Aguiar Borges, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio & NORDGREEN and Johanna Palomäki, Former Espoo city representative in NORDGREEN project, currently City Architect in Lahti
    Planning healthy and green nordic cities
  • Mats Stjernberg, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio,
    Planning socially mixed and inclusive neighbourhoods


Research insights - Measuring urban sustainability in transition

  • Timothy Heleniak, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio,
    Experiences from the Arctic

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00
Kirsten Flagstad-salen

The Nordic Tour brings us to inspiring cities that have found ways to plan for green, healthy and sustainable urban communities

  • Emelie Dahlström-Ravn, Programme Manager at Föreningen Norden
    Engaging people in sustainable policy-making and societal development - experiences from Sweden, Finland and Norway
  • Bjarne E. Jensen, Senior Project Manager at the Danish Architecture Centre
    Cities and circularity
  • Lisbeth Iversen, Senior Advisor, Arendal Municipality
  • Skellefteå (TBC)

Closing remarks by Rolf Elmér, Director, Nordregio

12:00 - 13:00


13:30 - 15:30

Study tours (parallel)

  • Planning green, healthy and inclusive cities