about us

Designing Clusters platform was developed to 'translate' in practice the results of academic research which focused on organised, self-aware and managed clusters. Our goal is to develop and make freely available tools and resources for clusters covering a variety of topics from cluster planning, to its transformation and evaluation.

In times of heightened environmental concerns, our key focus is on cluster design for sustainability. To explore this topic, we are launching a new collaborative research project which aims at gathering an interdisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners interested in understanding the functioning of 'managed' clusters and their transitions to sustainability.


We are encouraging researchers willing to collaborate with us on this new project to get in touch. ​Currently, the project is at the early launch phase and welcomes expressions of interest in collaboration.  Please see an open call for collaboration proposals here.

Designing Clusters is the outcome of academic research into the practices of organising collaborative innovation in clusters undertaken by Evgeniya Lupova-Henry at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Evgeniya is a researcher and consultant who has collaborated with both public and private regional development organisations worldwide. She has produced reports, research articles and white papers investigating the best regional practices of innovation promotion, academia-industry-government collaboration, SME support programmes, the governance of sustainable innovation and that of creative clusters.

She has collaborated as Researcher and/or Lecturer with such organisations as Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Canberra Innovation Network (Australia), the Moscow State University (Russia) and National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (Russia) under the mandate of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.


Evgeniya Lupova-Henry

Founder of the Cluster Design Initiative

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