From today onwards and for a whole year, I will be on leave from my job at the university. I am taking a sabbatical and heading to Costa Rica to work as a volunteer in nature conservation projects. It will be a unique life experience, being the student instead of the teacher and the practitioner … Continue reading The last blog, for a while
This perspective paper that has just been published in the Journal of Sustainability Research, reflects my most recent work interrogating the purposes of innovation and its role in sustainable development. It reflects on the differences between adopting weak or strong sustainability as the final goal in terms of innovation and innovation systems. It aims to contribute to … Continue reading Innovation for what? Unpacking the role of innovation for strong and weak sustainability
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently launched their 2019 annual report which this year is devoted to the geography of innovation. Combining patent and bibliography data globally, the report provides wonderful maps visualizing global innovation networks worldwide. And, at the same time, zooms in into particular industries to understand the geography of their … Continue reading Visualizing the geography of innovation globally
The website "coffee break with researchers" was launched yesterday! It is a great initiative led by Markus Grillitsch to make knowledge on regional development and innovation accessible to all. Through short 5-minute videos, researchers talk about some of their most landmark papers in an interview format. So, if you do not have time to go … Continue reading Making knowledge on regional development and innovation accessible to all: The website coffee break with researchers is up and running!
Today when I was listening to the speech of Greta Thunberg, I could hardly hold my tears. I was tremendously moved by the strength of this 16-year-old fearless girl who does not hesitate one second to tell the most powerful people in the world how bad they are doing things. Even when some people in … Continue reading A lesson to the world: the speech of Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate summit in New York “How dare you?”
Together with Ernest Miguelez (Bordeaux) , José-Luis Hervás-Oliver (Valencia), Ram Mudambi (Fox School of Business), Monica Plechero (Florence) and Julio Raffo (WIPO), we are organizing a Special Session on clusters and global innovation networks (GIN) at the 5th Geography of Innovation conference, to be held on January 29-31, 2020, in Stavanger, Norway. Here link to … Continue reading CFP Special session on clusters and global innovation networks at the Geography of Innovation Conference 2020- DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 20th SEPTEMBER!!
A recent report by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, highlights the devastating consequences of climate change for the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. It highlights the risks of a climate apartheid, in which the rich will have the means to protect themselves from the negative consequences of … Continue reading UN expert report highlights the need to introduce radical and systemic changes in the economy to tackle climate change and avoid a climate apartheid