My research interests lay in the intersection between innovation studies, development studies and sustainability. My ambition is to understand the processes of knowledge creation and use that underpin the transition towards sustainable forms of living (economic, social and environmental) and how they are affected and affect institutions. More than the analysis of particular countries or regions, I am mostly interested in global comparative analysis and in the linkages between developed and developing countries. Some of the core topics in my research are:
- Innovation systems, particularly in developing countries
- Sustainable development
- Global innovation networks
- Innovation policy
- Social-ecological innovations
Current ongoing projects
Social innovation for sustainable debelopment (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. In 2016 we organized 4 workshops with academics, policy makers and industry to discuss different dimensions of social innovation for sustainability: universities and social innovation, public procurement and social innovation, community base social innovation and Replicability, scaling up and scaling down of social innovation experiences. In 2017-2018 we are conducting a research and change project at Lund University to investigate how can we transform the university to address sustainability challenges. http://www.pi.lu.se/article/sociala-innovationer-vid-lunds-universitet
Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity (2015-2018) Financed by the EU H2020, RISE program. In this project I work on the links between global innovation networks and regional innovation systems enabling the transformation of traditional industries in Europe. More specifically we will be looking at the transformation of the textile cluster in Prato (Italy) and Borås (Sweden).
SWINNO 2.0. (2015-2019) Significant Swedish Innovations 1996-2015. This 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 am involved in the analysis of the economic, environmental and social impact of Swedish innovations and the transformation of the Swedish innovation system towards sustainability, particularly looking at food production.
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 (2014-2018) 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.
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.
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.
Recently finished projects
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.