SPREE project has brought together 10 partners consisting of 2 governmental bodies and 8 research entities. The project is coordinated by the Research Council of Lithuanian (LMT) – a governmental body who act as an expert on science policy and as an advisory body to the Parliament of Lithuania. The position of LMT between research and policy together with its intensive experience in managing complex and visionary programs places it as an ultimate body to coordinate this project. The consortium is also consulted by an Advisory Board of world known distinguished representatives of ‘sector-specific’ experts, ‘subject-specific’ experts and policymakers. The combination of skills, backgrounds and expertise brought into the project by the different partners provide it with the necessary capabilities to accomplish its goals.The consortium’s partners are all having long tradition of joint collaborating in both projects and research activities. Past experience in collaborative projects of the partners creates a working environment that is based on respect and trust and increases the certainty of the partners to work effectively together towards reaching the project’s objectives.SPREE project focuses on three sectors which are well recognized as being at the core of environmental concerns: water, mobility and agri-Food. The research’s objective is to analyse the potential contribution of applying the concept of Servicizing towards reaching absolute decoupling. In this area, the research consortium’s partners do not only bring into the project the state-of-the-art research and academic knowledge, but in some cases are leading the world research in these fields.
The consortium is composed of partners who are experts in quantitative methods aside partners who have extensive experience in implementing qualitative research methodologies. These two types of expertise are being used in parallel in the project and are crucial for its success. For example, part of the project’s objectives is to build a practical, computer based, model (the Agent Based Model- ABM) for testing the impact of different – sector oriented – policies on absolute decoupling. The design and the calibration of this model also require the use of qualitative research methodologies that will be gathered by the other partners.
The dissemination and exploitation of the SPREE project’s results is ensured by the participation of the two public bodies involved: The Research Council of Lithuania (LMT) who is also the coordinator of SPREE project and who acts as an expert on science policy and advices the Parliament of Lithuania, and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) which acts as the research and development centre of the Finnish Ministry of Environment. Each of these bodies has significant and direct influence on environmental policies, innovation, and economic growth in its country. Three of the consortium’s partners: the JIIS, USC and SYKE are specialized in policy research and policy formation. They all have vast experience in bridging between the academic sphere and the realm of policy making and policy implementation. Their expertise will ensure that the process of translating the research results, achieved by the academic partners, into policy “language” in a professional manner while closing the common gaps that exist between academic and policy institutions.