Contrasting transformative experiments through variegated representations of space

19 January 2022 15:00 (GMT)
19 January 2022 16:30 (GMT)

Meta-frameworks have undoubted advantages for public policy – they can help to articulate new imaginaries and can serve as guides towards specific actions (and as vehicles for funding). But there can also be downsides, especially when practices inspired by these meta-narratives are crudely imposed across different physical spaces with little or no consultation or adjustment to local circumstances. This raises broader analytical question of how do policy narratives – and an associated set of policy practices to support this – influence transitions processes when applied across very different geographies? The subsequent challenge is to develop a methodology to empirically study this question when faced with complex patterns of relationships that make spaces unique but also create unevenness in processes of transitions.

Despite these complexities, the growing demand for new meta-narratives to support transitions processes puts the onus on researchers to study how policy narratives and policy practices are implemented and applied across spaces and how these are received and interpreted by different actors across different spaces. In other words, how can policy narratives and policy practices remain relevant, beneficial and useful from the perspective of transformations when they travel across different contextual spaces? These questions force us to go beyond the remit of STI policy and to engage with broader discussions of new forms of public policy for transformative change. We begin briefly tracing debates around relational forms of governance before addressing the question of spatial differences.

Ref: #36

Conceptualisation of innovation for transformative change


Matias Ramirez
Sussex PI and Senior Lecturer
Science Policy Research Unit
Matias Ramirez is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School where TIPC was founded. He coordinates the work of TIPC in Latin America. This includes the partnership with Colciencias and the writing of the Green Book policy document in Colombia in 2018 and the work on mapping the sustainable development goals of the national research system of Mexico funded by CONACYT. In 2020 he helped to create Latin America Hub of TIPC involving organisations from Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Much of his current research activity is related to transformative innovation policy in Latin America, including studies of social movements, development of SDG indicators for transformative change and spatial dimensions of transitions.
Imogen Wade
Research Fellow
Science Policy Research Unit
Imogen Wade is a Research Fellow at SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School, UK. Her PhD from UCL was on innovation systems and the role of the state in Russia. She currently works on the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and the Deep Transition Futures projects. In TIPC, she primarily works in the Mobile Transformative Innovation Lab (MoTIL) team - a central platform or space where knowledge produced in each of the in-country work of TIPC is exchanged and consolidated - to help produce a ‘Resource Pack’. The Resource Pack will be a collection of learning materials, tools, and comparisons.
Alejandra Boni
Professor and Deputy Director of Ingenio
Alejandra Boni is professor at Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and deputy director of Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). She is honorary professor at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Her research interest focus on human development, higher education, global citizenship and transformative innovation. She is leading the formative evaluation component of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium.