This is a general introductory course outlining some of the major topics and issues in innovation studies. The course will allow students to understand the differences between different types of research and knowledge; the role of different actors in each country or innovation system and how to evaluate their activities. Innovation policy is a key concern for policy makers as they seek to stimulate economic growth, societal development, and respond to environmental changes. Policy measures in this area are often accompanied by uncertainty, due to the limits of policy-relevant scientific knowledge, the nature of risk, and the complexity of socio-economic systems under globalization. This course provides an introduction to the key concepts surrounding innovation policy and the issues that exist for policy makers.

Taught at GRIPS with Dr. Lee Woolgar

Innovation, Sustainability and Uncertainty