Heidi Vironen is a Knowledge Exchange and Research Fellow at EPRC. She holds an MA in European Management Studies (1st Hons) from the University of Aberdeen and a Postgraduate Certificate in European Studies from the Centre International de Formation Européenne. She has also worked at a Brussels-based think-tank as a project manager for EU policy debates and publications.
Since joining EPRC in 2006, Heidi has specialised in research on regional development and regional policy with a particular focus on the Nordic countries. Under EPRC’s two research consortia, EoRPA and IQ-Net, she has researched the design and implementation of national regional development policies as well as the implementation of Structural Funds in Finland and Sweden. Heidi is also the Network Manager with a responsibility of co-directing IQ-Net together with Professor John Bachtler.
Heidi has a particular research interest in the regional development policies of the Northern and Arctic countries. She is the representative of the University of Strathclyde at the Universities of the Arctic Network (UArctic) and Scottish Arctic Network (ScAN). Peripheral issues and rural development are other areas of specific interest to Heidi. She is currently leading EPRC’s involvement in the Horizon funded research project, RUSTIK.
Another ongoing area of research concerns her involvement in EPRC’s research group focussing on European territorial cooperation. This has involved a number of evaluations (e.g. Northern Periphery and the Arctic, North Sea, InterAct) as well as assessments and projects (e.g. ESPON).