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
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
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!!