Ms Heidi Vironen

Knowledge Exchange Fellow

European Policies Research Centre


Personal statement

Heidi joined the European Policies Research Centre in 2006 with a responsibility for the research of national regional development policies and the implementation of Structural Funds programmes in Finland and Sweden. Prior to that, she worked at a Brussels-based think-tank as a project manager for policy debates and publications.

Heidi Vironen (EPRC) is a Senior Knowledge Exchange and Research Fellow in the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC), and the Network Manager of the European Regional Policy Research Consortium (EoRPA). Her research focuses on EPRC's two main research programmes, EoRPA and IQ-Net, researching the design and implementation of national regional development policies, and the implementation of Structural Funds in Finland and Sweden. In addition, she specialises in territorial cooperation, with a particular emphasis on the Nordic countries. She is currently working on an impact evaluation of the Northern Periphery and the Arctic programme and involved in an ESPON project on Territorial Evidence Support for ETC Programmes as part of a wider consortium. She has been involved in a number of major evaluations and research studies related to territorial cooperation, including a study on the impacts of INTERREG in the UK; ex ante and ongoing evaluations of the 2007-13 Northern Periphery, and 2014-20 Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme; ex ante evaluation of the North Sea Programme; the assessment of territorial cooperation programmes in Scotland; the ESPON project on 'European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life’; as well as studies related to the regional cooperation in the Arctic. Other key areas of research include the ex post evaluation of gender equality and demographic change in northern Sweden;  the analysis of the impact of Structural Fund programmes in Scotland as well as the analysis of EU funding and policy support structures more generally.

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Professional Activities

Strath Methods series of seminars
Invited speaker
European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (Journal)
Guest editor
BioSTEP Project Review Meeting
Member of programme committee
BioSTEP Project Meeting
EoRPA meeting of senior regional policy makers
ESPON Seminar 'A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories'

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Rural Sustainability Transitions through Integration of Knowledge for improved policy processes
Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator) Kah, Stefan (Co-investigator) Georgieva, Neli (Researcher) Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher)
To enable rural communities’ actors and policy makers ​to design better strategies, initiatives and policies ​fostering sustainability transitions of rural areas,​ through advancing our understanding of ​different rural functionalities, characteristics and ​ future scenarios of rural areas, ​their potentials and challenges.
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Impact Evaluation of Interact
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Research Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
The Role of Territorial Cooperation in Supporting Just Transition
Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator) McMaster, Irene (Research Co-investigator)
07-Jan-2021 - 22-Jan-2022
Improving the Quality of Structural Funds Management through Exchange of Experience (IQ-Net 8)
Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator) Bachtler, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2021-2027
Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher) McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2027
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020
Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher) McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator)
The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of Interreg, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries. Despite geographical differences, the large programme area shares a number of joint challenges and opportunities that can best be overcome and realised by transnational cooperation.

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Ms Heidi Vironen
Knowledge Exchange Fellow
European Policies Research Centre

Tel: 548 4906