How Economics can contribute to Conservation

Have you ever wondered how someone with an economic or social science background can contribute to conservation? I had asked myself that question many times while we were preparing for the sabbatical and our volunteer work in Costa Rica. I searched the internet looking for examples of volunteer work in conservation and it seemed to … Continue reading How Economics can contribute to Conservation

What a tiny tropical country can teach the world about managing the coronavirus crisis

It is now a little over two months since Costa Rica published its first report on the Corona crises. At that point in time (11th of March) there were 22 reported cases of infected people. Today, there are 863 of which, only 288 are active cases. This country of 5 million inhabitants has suffered only … Continue reading What a tiny tropical country can teach the world about managing the coronavirus crisis

New publication: Transformative paths, multiscalarity of knowledge bases and industry 4.0

Another outcome of the fantastic Horizon 2020 MAKERS project coordinated by Prof. Lisa de Propris has just seen the light. The book investigates the links between Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations in Europe, illustrated through a large variety of cases.  In this book,  Marco Bellandi,  Monica Plechero and I have a chapter in which we propose a … Continue reading New publication: Transformative paths, multiscalarity of knowledge bases and industry 4.0

New publication: Unpacking the role of universities in the emergence, development and impact of social innovations

In this new paper co-authored with Blaise Bayuo and Bo Göransson and published in Technology Forecasting and Social Change,  we conduct a systematic review of the literature on the role of universities in sustainability transformations. We look at how the way that universities organize their three missions: teaching, research, and the third mission enable or … Continue reading New publication: Unpacking the role of universities in the emergence, development and impact of social innovations

New publication: When regional meets global: exploring the nature of global innovation networks in the video game industry in Southern Sweden

In this new paper co-authored with Roman Martin and James McKeever we investigated how the hybrid character of the video game industry – with strong symbolic cultural roots but also a significant global engagement –  affected the geography of innovation networks. Our data shows that firms in the video game industry use both regional and global networks … Continue reading New publication: When regional meets global: exploring the nature of global innovation networks in the video game industry in Southern Sweden

On the importance of nature-based solutions for the climate crises…and what we can do to help

While around the world many are looking for technological, man-made solutions to address the climate crises, the answer is just in front of us. And (spoiler) it is not technogical. At most, one can say that it involves different forms of non-technological innovations: social, institutional and financial. And we all have a role to play. … Continue reading On the importance of nature-based solutions for the climate crises…and what we can do to help

Innovation for what? Unpacking the role of innovation for strong and weak sustainability

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

Visualizing the geography of innovation globally

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