Russian megacities in the context of new social and environmental challenges: building complex interdisciplinary model of an assessment of ‘green’ cities and strategies for their development in Russia

The project develops an integrated interdisciplinary model for assessing the socio-environmental transformations in the technological, institutional and political spheres according to the international standards of a ‘sustainable’ city. The complexity of the model is achieved by comparing the perspectives of...

ASIRPA RT: Towards a real time impact assessment method for transformational research

Submission Number: 02
The objective of the project ASIRPAreal time  is to develop research management tools for real-time impact assessment based on a theoretical framework. These research management tools will help researchers and research project managers to design and conduct projects/programmes that will...

Understanding dynamics of transformative ecosystems of grassroots innovation: visions, strategies and the role of local policies

Submission Number: 03
The aims of the project were: – To understand the contribution to transformation of grassroots initiatives towards more just and sustainable systems. – To understand how visions, strategies and interactions of initiatives model the contributions and the pathways to transformation....

For a transformative industry & innovation policy strategy

Submission Number: 04
This abstract describes an integrated theoretical innovation policy framework to support technological change and industrial transformation through the entrepreneurial process. It describes part of “Technology Innovation Challenges for 2030 Strategy” (TIC 2030 Strategy), a cross-cutting institutional project started at the...

Transforming policy design: the experiment of the Universidad de Ibagué (Colombia)

At Universidad de Ibagué (UI, Tolima, Colombia) an Experimental Policy Engagment is taking place. This is an ongoing  participatory policy design process (May 2019 – May 2020) that aims to define a capability list for the whole University. The capability...

Redistributing prototyping capabilities in societies

Prototyping capabilities are redistributing radically in many societies, both spatially and socially. It is argued these redistributions expand human capabilities for social transformation beyond conventional (industrial) centres of production and consumption. Our project tests these claims through the study of...

Systems innovation competency framework – a backbone to develop and recognise capacity for transformative change

Recent strategic reflections on Systems Innovation and Transformative Innovation emphasize that technical approaches to change are insufficient for achieving radical and disruptive innovations, required to respond to the complex dynamics and uncertain challenges existing nowadays. Beyond technical solutions, changes in...

Globalisation and Innovation in Sustainable Energy Industries in China

Over the past decade, China has emerged as a leading player in several renewable energy technologies. This research addresses both the causes and consequences of China’s rise in sustainable energy technologies. Chinese firms are beginning to take the global lead,...

The Political Economy of Low Carbon Energy Transition in Mexico

Explaining energy transitions in favour of the environment requires a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, this research explores the political economy of energy transitions in Mexico through a multi-level perspective approach (MLP). Mexico has followed an economic model based around fossil-fuels, especially...

How Lessons From Processes of Knowledge Production Can Contribute To Transformative Innovation Policy For Systemic Change

Submission Number: 11
Currently, national and supranational governments are developing mission-oriented policy, thereby following the ideas on how to design innovation policy as developed by Mariana Mazzucato (2011; 2017; 2018)[1]. Mission-orientated innovation policy is seen here as a manifestation of what Schot &...

Establishing the role of labour actors in sustainability transitions: case study of the textile and garment sector in Asia

The research question driving our work is how do sustainability transitions, particularly the understanding of ‘roles’ and ‘actors’, enable sustainable innovations and transformation in the textile and garment sector in Asia? The role of actors and actor constellations associated with...

Internationalization of Traditional Indian medicine: Strengthening patent regime, Strategies and Modulation of policy

Submission Number: 16
Theme: New approaches of framing science, technology and innovation (STI) policies for transformative change Traditional Indian medicine (TIM) is currently most influential traditional medical system with the largest number of users worldwide. In recent years, the trend of TIM adoption...

Science, technology and innovation policies at the service of development: in the search for new policy approach. The cases of the gender gap in S&T and the transition to industry 4.0

Submission Number: 17
The objective of this project is to contribute with a new STI policy approach. Specific objectives include: i. To identify and characterize the constituent elements of a new STI policy approach focused on contributing to solve national problems; ii. To...

Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research Cluster Regional Development and Rural Areas

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO)’s goal is to set up a sophisticated network for interdisciplinary research in the Baltic Sea Region and to promote young researchers. Above all, it aims to bridge between the Baltic Sea...

Innovation policy for green and smart industrial transformation – the INTRANSIT Centre

Norway is a small and open economy that is highly dependent on natural resources, particularly the oil and gas sector. Given Norway’s natural resource-oriented industrial structure, technological upgrading, diversification and industrial transformation towards a greener and smarter future are strategic...

Transformative Innovation Policy Research on e-Waste Management in Ghana

Transformation Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) research team in Ghana thoroughly analysed the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) ecosystem in Ghana, mapped actors’ roles and their responsibilities, against the backdrop of the different framings of transformative change process. The e-waste management...

Regulatory experimenting – tools for creating experimental space in the energy transition

All energy systems, whether vertically integrated or deregulated, have some sort of regulatory or market oversight. Some of these regulations, particularly in the electricity sector, have been long established and originate from socio-technical structures created around the turn of the...

Sustainable energy innovation in power utilities: Understanding transformation toward new sources of value creation and capture

An energy transition driven by sustainable energy innovation is largely accepted as the main way forward to mitigate the impact of the energy sector on climate change and contribute to a low carbon economy. Incumbent power utilities are focal actors...

The African network of researchers in learning, innovation and competence building systems (AfricaLics)

(AfricaLics) is the African regional network for researchers involved in innovation and development research with a specific interest in promoting learning, innovation and competence building systems approaches.  The network currently includes scholars from all over Africa including Algeria, Kenya, Mozambique,...

Utrecht University’s “Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy Observatory”

Submission Number: 25
The “Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy Observatory” (MIPO) is an initiative by the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Its objective is to create an understanding of the challenges and promises of mission-oriented innovation policies (MIPs), by uniting practitioners and scholars...

Scientific Support Action for the German Hightech-Strategy 2025

This project supports the implementation of the Hightech-Strategy (HTS) 2025 of the German federal government that aims to address societal challenges by the means of research and innovation policy. The cornerstone of the current Hightech-Strategy 2025 (adopted in 2018) is...

Transformative Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Human Settlements

The broad objective of the study is to facilitate the identification existing decision support tools, develop criteria for selecting a high impact and transformational support tool, pilot the tool and make recommendations to the Department of Science and Technology on...

The Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Norwegian Environment friendly Energy Research and Innovation

The mitigation of climate change requires transforming how energy is generated, distributed, and used in societies. These low-carbon transitions of energy systems have multiple dimensions, which poses challenges for contemporary societies, research, and policy. It has been growingly expected that...

The university as an actor of transformative STI policies facing main challenges for Sustainable Human Development: The case of the Universidad de la Repúblicain Uruguay

Profound transformative change is needed to cope with the main global challenges posed to Humankind: lack of sustainability that points to climatic catastrophe and rising inequality that fragments societies. Arguably, a notion of Sustainable Human Development inspires the SDGs and...

China’s Transformative Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development: Linking Theory and Practice

Project description and rationale With rapid economic development, China faces grand challenges such as unemployment, poverty, social inequality, and environmental pollution. These grand challenges need to be addressed through innovative innovation policies. Based on the three frameworks provided by the...

Social Innovation in Energy Transitions (SONNET) with its six transdisciplinary City Labs aimed at accelerating energy transitions: Mannheim (DE), Antwerp (BE), Bristol (UK), Grenoble (FR), Warsaw (PL) and Basel (CH)

On behalf of the SONNET team this abstract is submitted by: Dr Agata Dembek, co-WP lead of SONNET City Labs, Assistant Professor, Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland ( Dr Agata Stasik, co-WP lead of SONNET City Labs, Assistant Professor, Kozminski University,...

Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development Trilateral Research Chair

This programme is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), the University of Sussex ( and the African Centre for Technology Studies ( in Kenya It started in mid 2019 and will unfold over an initial period of...

Nomadic Education in Kenya: A Case Study of Mobile Schools in Samburu County as a Transformative Innovation Policy

John Ayisi1, Frank Ndakala1, Rose Nyanga2, Chux Daniels3, Boniface Wanyama4, Roselida Owuor1,5 1 Ministry of Education, Directorate of Research, Science and Technology (DRST), Nairobi, Kenya. 2 Maseno University, Kenya 3 Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK 4...

A Mexican policy experiment to promote sustainable use of biodiversity: transformative insights for the global challenge

Submission Number: 39
Analysing how niche building and expansion occurred through a policy experiment, Sustainable Productive Systems and Biodiversity (SPSB), in southern Mexico may shed light on policy’s role in sociotechnical changes and on how different actors interrelate. This initiative contributed to the...

International experience of innovation policies to transition to low carbon heating

This project has undertaken a review of the evidence on innovation policy supporting low carbon heating transitions in different European countries, and sets out to understand how relevant these policy lessons might be for achieving radical decarbonisation of heat. Internationally...

Paradoxes of transformative innovation policy in practice

Submission Number: 42
Faced with pressing societal challenges, disruptive technological change, grand transitions (energy, circular economy, health, digitization) and a rapidly changing politico-economic European and world stage, the need to act, adjust and re-steer in our society has increased significantly. Technology and innovation...

Understanding Multi-Faceted Inclusive Innovation in India and Implications for Policy at time of Rapid Technological Change

Central Project Concerns Innovation to accelerate development and alleviate poverty are all the rage in India today. Programmes by government and non-governmental actors that support inclusive innovation in various ways are multiplying. However, these all appear to target different kinds...

Policy Rationales in the Shift to Digital Platform Economy: Strategies and Policies to Support Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business in the Shift to Digital Platform Economy

The project will focus on developing a solid understanding on how digital technologies and platform economy changes rationales for policy intervention, by removing, changing, and/or creating novel market failure mechanisms, spillover effects, and policy rationales. Digital platform economy has twofold implications...

Transformative Innovation Policies for Renewable Energy Production: The Case of Biogas in Developing Country

For developing countries, energy is a fundamental resource for its existence and functioning. In this scenario of constant growth demand, diversification of the energy matrix is a necessity, making evident the need for incentive and investment in new forms of...

Transparency Policies are Coupled with Transformative Innovation: Transforming Data Infra & Air Data into Publicly Accessible and Informative

Submission Number: 46
While opening research data is slowly, but steadily changing socio-technical systems to reduce air pollution, some barriers impede the implementation of data analysis on social problems. The major barrier is frequent changes in political agendas, which shakes sheltered space for...

Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges

Submission Number: 47
The complexity and geopolitical scale of grand challenges necessitates concerted international efforts turning them into challenges of foreign policy and science alike. Diplomatic skills as well as scientific expertise are needed to tackle these challenges. Unfortunately, the interface between both...

Mobilizing the “Transformative” power of the sustainable development goals through science, technology and innovation: The case of Mexico

A transformative innovation approach implies that it is necessary to move from a focus on “system interaction” towards “system transformation”. In this poster we present a conceptual approach for how the research system can achieve those aims by “building bridges”...

Opening up the regime, and unlocking path dependencies for transformative change. Comparative cases between China and South Africa’s electricity sector

Socio-technical regimes are characterised as path dependent, because there are: (1) incumbent actors which have been vested in maintaining the status quo, (2) a network of actors that reprepsent organisational capital, (3) regulations and standards that enable continuity of the...

Collaborative multi-stakeholder arena as a mechanism enabling adaptive implementation of policy mixes on circular economy

Submission Number: 51
The project provides evidence on the application of a systemic policy model through a portfolio of actions to support the transition to the circular economy. For doing so, we analyse the implementation of a portfolio of actions delivered within the...

Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services

Submission Number: 52
The InnoForESt project (running from 2017-2020) fosters networking initiatives in six case study regions to explore potentials for the development of transformative policy instruments and business models for the sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services. The potential to scale up...

Changes in the Chilean Innovation Strategy Framework: 10 years of history

Submission Number: 53
Chile’s National Innovation Council for Development (CNID) is an autonomous organ that supports and provides advice to the Presidency of Chile on science, technology and innovation (STI) throughout the generation of the national innovation strategy for development. This project presents...

OECD project on the design and implementation of mission-oriented policies to address societal challenges

Submission Number: 56
The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) launched in 2019 a two-years project on the design, funding and implementation of mission-oriented policy (MOIPs) initiatives to address societal challenges. By allowing a better orientation and co-ordination of public interventions...

Fast Expert Teams in a Platform Economy

Digital organizing provides an opportunity to capture not only local but also distant expertise for complex knowledge production requiring specialized and complementary expertise. Fast expert teams are critical organizing units that consist of geographically dispersed and often unfamiliar experts invited...