On the eve of the Science Policy Research Unit’s 50th Anniversary Conference, Schot has released, alongside colleagues Laur Kanger and Ed Steinmueller, two new working papers which offer a historical trajectory through the globe’s ‘first and second deep transition’ and then a suggested course of action to help tackle our global ills.

The first paper – Deep Transitions: Emergence, Acceleration, Stabilization and Directionality (Schot, Kanger, 2016) – seeks to outline the systems and causes associated with the globe’s ‘First Deep Transition’ occurring over the previous 250 years which has led to ‘modernity’ and its outcomes. The paper argues to address the associated, ‘accumulated social and ecological challenges…a radical change not only in socio-technical systems but also in meta-rules underlying their functioning’ is required. Therefore, the ‘Second Deep Transition’ urgently necessitates fresh governance, new systems and knowledge yet imagined.

The second working paper published – Framing Innovation Policy for Transformative Change: Innovation Policy 3.0 (Schot, Steinmueller, 2016) – begins by outlining the two frames of innovation policy that can be applied historically up to the present day period. The explanation is then developed to categorise a third potential epoch of innovation policy, Innovation 3.0. Succinctly summarised, this understanding and its related framework can conseqently help create appropriate methods of growth and development into and through, the ‘Second Deep Transition’, by creative collaboration that produces new knowledge, systems, governance and outcomes. Innovation 3.0 prescribes a new vision to frame our global issues which the ‘Second Deep Transition’ paper theorises and describes.

Furthermore, the Innovation 3.0 research has successfully culminated in the signing of an international collaboration for shared resource and learning on innovation policy, the new Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC). In conjunction with SPRU, the participating partners in the pilot stage of TIPC comprise of: the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation – Colciencias, Colombia; South Africa’s National Research Foundation; and The Research Council of Norway (RCN). The Consortium will use the frame of Innovation 3.0 to produce and implement a working programme for shared learning and results. Following the pilot stage, a five year programme which includes a further cohort of partners is planned.

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