Recently finished projects

Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity  (MAKERS)(2015-2018) is financed by the EU H2020, RISE program.  I worked examining the links between global innovation networks and regional systems enabling transformation of traditional industries in Europe. The cases of textiles and wine production. Some of the outcomes related to this project are a book chapter on transformative paths and this journal article.


vinnova logoSWINNO 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. I worked 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


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. I worked on analysing the potential for sustainability transformations of agricultural systems, from annual to perennial crops.



Innovative practices for 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.


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. One of the outcomes of the project is this article on universities and social innovation and a forthcoming special issue in Technology Forecasting and Social Change.


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. I worked on mapping the geography of networks of the video game industry in Skåne and its transformation over time. One of the latest publications coming up from the project is this article on the geography of knowledge networks of the game industry in Skåne.

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.

New pathways out of poverty (2016-2017). Advanced Study Group at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University. The main aim of this mini-project is to facilitate multidisciplinary research collaboration on poverty alleviation at Lund university and with external stakeholders. The project is organized around topical seminars in which partners in the project present and discuss innovative solutions to current challenges in poverty alleviation. The selected topic seminars are on well-being, institutions, access to resources and access to decent work.

The challenge of globalization: Technology driven foreign direct investment (TFDI) and its implications for the negotiation of International (bi and multilateral) Investment Agreements” (2011-2014) . The main findings of the project have now been published in a report which is available in pdf from here.

Supporting the development of Innovative Clusters in South Africa (2008-2012) is a research project funded jointly by VR and SIDA through their Research Links Program. The aim of this project was to improve policy options to support innovation based upgrading in different clusters in South-Africa, considering the specific industry dynamics of learning, knowledge generation and innovation at meso level.

INGINEUS (Impact of Networks, Globalisation, and their INteraction with EU Strategies, 2009-2011) was a research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. The project addressed the impact of globalisation and the rapid growth of selected emerging economies in the world on the competitiveness and strategies of European Union firms, industries and regions. It focused particularly on the evolution of global production networks (GPNs) into global innovation networks (GINs) and the impact that this new process of global capitalism had on knowledge intensive activities in the EU.

Emerging trends in Asia: from low-cost producers to innovators (2007-2009) was a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The main objective of this project was to understand the extent and scope of the globalization of innovation activities and discuss its implications for developed and developing countries.