Transformative innovation policy: theoretical foundations, methodologies, policy instruments and practice Workshop

Workshop Background

The Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development held an online workshop on transformative innovation policy on 26th October 2020 at 13:00-15:30 (CEST). This workshop was part of the 16th China National Annual Conference on the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Management. The workshop aimed to bring together researchers, research funding agencies and practitioners to share their research and experiences, and to explore challenges and opportunities on how to steer innovation policy for transformative changes.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our current healthcare, economic and social system have been confronted with urgent demand for transformative change towards a green, sustainable and resilient future. However, the way to achieve this demand has been challenging. The sharing of experiences across different countries and regions is in great demand especially in this time of crisis.

Workshop topics

The core theme of this workshop was to explore the theoretical foundations, methodologies, policy instruments and practices of innovation policy which aim for socio-technical system transformation towards sustainability. In particular, but not limited to, we were interested in contributions which addresses the following themes:

  • The practice, policy instruments and approaches of innovation policy for sustainable development;
  • Theoretical foundations and challenges of transformative innovation policy;
  • The role of experimentation for transformative innovation;
  • Challenges and opportunities on the role of innovation policy for multiple socio-technical systems transformation;
  • Evaluations of socio-technical system transformation;

  Speakers and participants:

  • Johan Schot, Professor in Global History & Sustainability Transitions, Centre for Global Challenges, Utrecht University. Director of Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium;
  • Ed Steinmueller, Professor of Information & Communication Technology Policy, SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School;
  • Rongping Mu, Professor of Innovation and Development, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
  • Zhijian Hu, President of Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development;
  • Dongmei Liu, Vice president of Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development;
  • Shulin Gu, Professor, Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University;
  • Zheng Liang, Professor, School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University

For further information about the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) see here

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