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Innovation Policy at the Intersection

Global Debates & Local Experiences

Dr Mlungisi Cele (editor) Prof. Thierry M. Luescher (editor)
Dr Angelina W. Fadiji (editor)

ISBN: 9780796925916

Publication Date: Jun 2020

Format: Paperback

Shows that a comprehensive rethink in science, technology and innovation policy-making is required - one that takes a systemic view of the varied challenges, and adopts an inclusive and holistic approach to STI policy. Such a rethink has to bring together the global and local, the theoretical and practical.

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Worldwide, countries have to respond to local and global socio-technological shifts and needs, specifically the transformations wrought by a rapidly shifting understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Science, technology and innovation policy (STI) finds itself at the intersection of these local and global challenges. Innovation Policy at the Intersection: Global Debates and Local Experiences shows that a comprehensive rethink in STI policy-making is required – one that takes a systemic view of the varied challenges, and adopts an inclusive and holistic approach to STI policy. Such a rethink has to bring together the global and local, the theoretical and practical. The chapters in this book follow three broad concerns:
  • The theories and approaches that have historically informed STI policy-making, along with the most influential current approaches in different country contexts;
  • The development and application of comprehensive STI monitoring and evaluation systems as developed and implemented by various public agencies; and
  • The role and function of STI policy advisory bodies within their respective contexts.
Innovation Policy at the Intersection provides a comparative lens of different theories and practices across a unique spectrum of national contexts, including Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Iran, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, and Sweden.


‘Too many countries across the world have reached unsustainable levels of insecurity, inequality and poverty. Improved understanding of different country experiences and trajectories can help to promote a coherent approach across countries, which is required to achieve globally sustainable and inclusive innovation outcomes.'- Dr Angelique Wildschut-February, Research Associate: University of Pretoria
Pages 156
Dimensions 240 x 168
Date Published 30 Jun 2020
Publisher HSRC Press
Subject/s Economic theory & philosophy   Development studies   Impact of science & technology on society   Industrial applications of scientific research & technological innovation  
  • List of tables and figures
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 At the Intersection of Social Challenges and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Part 1: STI Frames, Models, Policies and Implementation
  • Chapter 2 Transformative Innovation Policy: Insights from Colombia, Finland, Norway, South Africa, and Sweden
  • Chapter 3 Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth through Innovation
  • Chapter 4 S&T Policies and Directions for Solving Socio-Economic Problems in Korea
  • Chapter 5 Towards a Coherent and Inclusive NSI: Building Network Alignment through Strengthening Dynamic Interactive Capabilities
  • Chapter 6 Building Regional Innovation Ecosystems and the Role of Government
  • Part 2: STI Measurements, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Chapter 7 STI Measurements in South Africa: The State of Affairs
  • Chapter 8 Measuring National Innovation Performance: The Case of Austria
  • Chapter 9 - The Impact of Swedish Innovation Policies on Firm Growth: Some Insights from Evaluations
  • Chapter 10 Measurement and Evaluation of STI Indicators in Iran
  • Part 3: National STI Organisations
  • Chapter 11 Ambiguities in Financing Innovation from a Research Council: The case of the Foundation of Support to Science, Technology and Innovation in the State of Rio de Janeiro
  • Chapter 12 The Science and Technology Advisory Forum and the Mexican Experience in Technology Assessment
  • Chapter 13 The Profile of the National Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Innovation in Iran: An Overview
  • Chapter 14 The Evolution and Functioning of South Africa's National Advisory Council on Innovation
Dr Mlungisi Cele is the Acting Head of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, Pretoria, South Africa.

Prof. Thierry M Luescher is Research Director in the Education and Skills Development programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, and Associate Professor in Higher Education Studies affiliated to the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Dr Angelina W. Fadiji is a Research Specialist in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Cape Town, and Extra-ordinary Senior Lecturer in Psychology at North WestUniversity, South Africa.

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