Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, CIRCLE is hosting an open seminar ‘Innovation as a Solution to Societal Challenges’ on November 27, 2014 aiming to illustrate and discuss what innovation studies, as a research field, can add to our understanding of and ability to cope with societal challenges.
The seminar is organized around five panels: Past, Present and Future of CIRCLE; The Challenge of Recovering and Preventing Economic Crisis; The Challenge of Responding to the Increased Globalization of Economic Activities and Mobility of Talent; The Challenge of Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change; Policy Making for Overcoming Societal Challenges – How Can Innovation Studies Help?.
Confirmed panelists include CIRCLE researchers and external guests. Among them: Prof. Stan Metcalfe (University of Manchester), Prof. Maryann Feldman (University of North Carolina), Prof. Meric Gertler (University of Toronto), Prof. Simona Iammarino (London School of Economics), Prof. Keld Laursen (Copenhagen Business School), Prof. Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia). More information in the attached document. .
The seminar is free of charge and open to everyone who is interested. However, if you plan to participate in the event, we kindly ask you to register by the 13th of November, Thursday, via seminar website: http://www2.circle.lu.se/events/conferences
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Prof. Harald Rohracher
Harald Rohracher, Professor in Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, will give a seminar on “Legitimizing research, technology and innovation policies for transformative change: Combining insights from innovation systems”
Discussant: Jerker Moodysson, CIRCLE
Date: 22/01: 1400-1500
Place: CIRCLE seminar room
Abstract: The recent policy debates about orientating research, technology and innovation policy towards societal challenges, rather than economic growth objectives only, call for new lines of argumentation to systematically legitimize policy interventions. While the multi-level perspective on long-term transitions has attracted quite some interest over the past years as a framework for dealing with long-term processes of transformative change, but the innovation systems approach is still the dominant perspective for devising innovation policy. Innovation systems approaches stress the importance of improving innovation capabilities of firms and the institutional settings to support them, but they are less suited for dealing with the strategic challenges of transforming systems of innovation, production and consumption, and thus with long-term challenges such as climate change or resource depletion. It is therefore suggested to consider insights from transition studies more prominently in a policy framework that is based on the innovation systems approach and the associated notion of ‘failures’. We propose a comprehensive framework that allows legitimizing and devising policies for transformative change that draws on a combination of market failures, structural system failures and transformational system failures.