Teaching

Below is a brief description of my  current teaching portfolio (complete courses)

Innovation for sustainable development: This is a highly multidisciplinary course based on economics of innovation, sustainability studies, economic geography and development studies. Theoretical insights will be complemented with practical cases of innovations for sustainable development in a variety of sectors around the world. Among the cases that will be covered during the course are innovations related to food production and consumption, protection of ecosystems and sustainable tourism, water and waste management, housing, energy or transport.

Research Design: The course presents students with examples of how researchers engage in influential academic debates. The students are trained in identifying research aims, testable hypotheses, and research questions that are relevant in relation to existing research. They are also trained in understanding the role and use of theory in conceptualizing and problematizing fundamentals when designing and conducting research. The course presents a variety of potential sources and data collection techniques as well as carefully deal with the importance of source criticism and the relation to the research questions.

Economics of Innovation: This course covers several areas of innovation economics, such as their characteristics, their driving forces of innovation and how innovation affects economic growth. Among other themes, the course discusses how competitive structures and imperfect competition may induce innovation in different industries.  Drawing on the systems of innovation literature, this theme addresses how the institutional framework affects innovation. Some of these aspects are related to national innovation systems (NIS) and national innovation policies. Innovation processes and interdependencies within a more local or regional context are further analysed focusing on regional innovation systems (RIS).

Globalization and Innovation: This postgraduate course provides a basic understanding of how different innovation strategies are formed for firms to compete globally. It will concentrate primarily on outlining the changing patterns of global organisation of innovation, global resourcing for innovation, and global creation and dissemination of knowledge. It will introduce theories and tools for students to acquire understanding of globalisation of innovation and to develop firm’s global innovation strategy.

The Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation. Postgraduate level. Module in the Master course in Science and technology Management, Hanoi (Vietnam), particularly covering innovation systems.

Tools and indicators for the Management of Science, Technology and Innovation. In this advanced course (postgraduate) the students are introduced to a variety of tools for the management of innovation, mainly in companies. Among others, the students learn to work with creativity tools, knowledge management, project and portfolio management and scenario planning. Lectures are complemented with practical exercises in class.

Strategic Management of Innovation. This advanced course introduces students in the micro aspects of innovation management. It particularly deals with internal and external factors affecting the decision of firms to innovate. The lectures are complemented with real cases and role games in which the students need to discuss the different managerial alternatives to a given situation.

In addition to these full courses, I have been providing specific lectures in postgraduate courses. I have been active in teaching at all university levels (undergraduate and postgraduate – Master and PhD) and covering a wide variety of topics from general Economics to specific courses in innovation and in research methodology. For example, I have been teaching Macroeconomic policy, Macroeconomic instruments, Structural economics and International organizations.

I have also taught at several universities (Sweden, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Vietnam) and to a great variety of students and groups (academics, policy makers and practitioners). I have taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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