Directing innovation for sustainable development
What we do
Our innovation research is diverse, including qualitative research into governance arrangements and policies, alongside quantitative analysis of innovation diffusion and funding. A major theme relates to ‘transitions’, i.e. broad patterns of whole-systems change, rather than the invention and commercialisation of individual specific ideas.
At the beginning of 2021, we launched the final report of the Green Innovation Policy Commission – an initiative directed by Professor Paul Ekins, with support from Michal Miedzinski and Will McDowall. The Green Innovation Policy Commission brought together a group of leaders from business and NGOs to provide government with policy advice on greening innovation.
INNOPATHS, a large EU-funded project that explores innovation from a number of dimensions, including the dynamics of sector-specific innovation systems, patterns of technology diffusion, and the consequences of decline in incumbent industries. Key people involved include Paul Ekins, Paul Drummond, Nick Hughes and Will McDowall.
A collaboration with the Canadian Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI). Funded by the SPI’s Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network, the project will involve Will McDowall, Michal Miedzinski and Paul Ekins working with Professor James Meadowcroft at Carleton University to assess Canada’s policy mix for enabling sustainability transitions.
A collaboration with the European Environment Agency, to explore transformative innovation policy in the European Green New Deal. This work is being led by Henrik Larsen, supported by Will McDowall, Michal Miedzinski, and honorary Professor Fred Steward.
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