At the offset of this world pandemic, I kept on thinking how the Corona would impact the most marginalized members of society. Now there are few articles tackling the topic, but they are mostly discussing what the impact of the Coronavirus will be in economic terms for those that are already struggling. But what about … Continue reading Pandemics and Poverty
Are you intrigued about what innovation for sustainable development means but you do not have time to dive into an endless list of readings? Then you have arrived to the right place! In this serie of short free videos, you can get a quick introduction into the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development and how … Continue reading Free short educational videos on Innovation for Sustainable Development
Over the last few years, there has been a growing concern among academics and practitioners about the slow pace in which sustainability transformations unfold. In this context, my most recent work has been on understanding why and how transformations happen at a much faster pace in certain places than in others. I am very happy … Continue reading New publication: How can we accelerate sustainability transformations? A deeper look at place-based structural pre-conditions and agency.
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 Economics and Conservation
In these dark times, in which a small virus is putting our economies and societies against the cords, I would like to share these deep reflections from the Italian psychologist Raffaele Morelli (Original text in Italian). No need to add more words as the text speaks for itself. I think the universe has its way … Continue reading Wisdom, in times of Coronavirus
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
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
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!