My research interests lay in the intersection between innovation studies, development studies and sustainability. My ambition is to understand the processes of knowledge creation and adoption that underpin the transformations towards sustainable forms of living (economic, social and environmental) and how they are affected and affect institutions. More than the analysis of particular countries or regions, I am mostly interested in global comparative analysis and in the linkages between developed and developing countries. Some of the core topics in my research are:
- Innovation systems, particularly in developing countries
- Sustainable development
- Global innovation networks
- Innovation policy
- Social-ecological innovations
I am currently (Academic year 2018/2019) working in the following projects (a detailed overview can be found in the Research projects page
MAKERS: Examining the links between global innovation networks and regional systems enabling transformation of traditional industries in Europe. The cases of textiles and wine production.
Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity (MAKERS)(2015-2018) is financed by the EU H2020, RISE program.
SWINNO: Investigating the transformation of the Swedish innovation system towards sustainability (particularly food production) and developing a data base of significant Swedish innovations. Innovations in the Bio and Circular Economy.
SWINNO 2.0. (2015-2019) Significant Swedish Innovations is a long-term project at the department of economic history funded by VINNOVA. It focuses on the construction of a data base of Swedish innovations from technical magazines. Research linked to this database has a particular focus on the Bioeconomy and Circular Economy in Sweden.
DOMESTICATION: Analysing the potential for sustainability transformations of agricultural systems, from annual to perennial crops.
Is there a perennial future for agriculture and rural economies? (2018-2019). TEMA (2018) at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University. The aim of the project is to initiate a transdisciplinary platform for knowledge generation and development to advance perennial agriculture in the Swedish context. We will do so by initiating the long-term process of taking perennial grain crops from a scientific vision to fully operational food systems, including upscaling of cultivation and new product development.
INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Setting up a long-term collaboration with the Center for Economic Policy for Sustainable Development (CINPE- Centro Internacional de Política Económica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CINPE) in its Spanish name) at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) on a research and teaching programme on Innovative practices for Global Sustainable Development.
Understanding the role of Universities supporting social innovations for sustainable development
Social innovation for sustainable development (2016-2018). Advanced Study Group (2016) and TEMA (2017) at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University. The aim of this project is to create a multidisciplinary platform for the discussion of the role of universities in social innovations, particularly related to sustainability. In 2016 we organized 4 workshops with academics, policy makers and industry to discuss different dimensions of social innovation for sustainability: universities and social innovation, public procurement and social innovation, community base social innovation and Replicability, scaling up and scaling down of social innovation experiences. In 2017-2018 we are conducting a research and change project at Lund University to investigate how can we transform the university to address sustainability challenges. http://www.pi.lu.se/article/sociala-innovationer-vid-lunds-universitet
WALLENBERG: Mapping the geography of networks of the video game industry in Skåne and its transformation over time.
Global innovation networks, regional variety and its impact on the innovativeness of firms and regions: The IT and new media industry in Sweden in a global comparative perspective (2014-2019) is funded by the Wallenberg foundation. The main objective of the project is to understand how and explain why small and medium size IT companies in different regions around the world use global networks (GINs) to innovate, and their impact.
Nordic Master in Innovation and Development (NOMID) (2015-2018) with Aalborg University, Tampere University and Oslo University. Council of Nordic Ministries. The main objective of this project is to implement a Nordic Master in Innovation and Development between these four nordic universities.