Rethinking Innovation Policy:

Creating Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

Early Career Researchers Conference (ECC)

9 – 10 May 2022

Manchester, United Kingdom

Call for Papers

In times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to re-think how Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies can help societies to be more resilient to economic crises. Such crises present uncertainties but also opportunities in terms of putting equality, responsibility and sustainability at the heart of the recovery. While business-as-usual and one-size-fits-all approaches may not be the most suitable actions, there is an increasing need for flexible systems to bounce forward and adjust to new, emergent situations in order to build back better after challenging times.

This Early Career Conference (ECC) is an opportunity to interrogate how STI policies can be mobilised to fulfil a more ambitious policy agenda. It focuses on three interconnected and overlapping themes this conference seeks to integrate. 

From a system perspective, the first dimension of the policies for recovery should consider major sustainability challenges. Challenge- or mission-oriented approaches aim to overcome current societal challenges by putting emphasis on directionality through goals or missions (Mazzucato, 2018) and by renewing interest in innovation-active governments, driving discussions about a need for greater ‘challenge-orientation’ in innovation policy (Schot and Steinmueller, 2018). However, policy experimentation and institutional change need to co-exist and co-influence the current set of policy goals, strategies, instruments and processes that interact as policy mixes (Flanagan et al., 2011). 

The current conjuncture is also characterised by rising territorial and social inequalities, where territorial resilience differs significantly and generates uneven geography of recoverability and continuity. The focus on place-based innovation involves paying attention to local governance, combining the diversity of smart specialisation strategies with the transformative potential of local mission-oriented innovation policy (McCann and Soete, 2020). Developing community resilience through STI policies (in particular in left-behind areas) is a critical element to start ‘levelling up’, reduce inequalities and rebalancing economies and societies. 

Because returning to “business as usual” will not deliver a sustained long-term economic recovery that also improves well-being and reduces inequality (OECD, 2020), responsible innovation policies focused on resilience could help to develop the trajectories needed to be build back better. Reflecting on the ‘responsibility’ dimension of innovation policy is crucial as we seek to understand the societal impact of innovation systems transformation as well as the local/regional manifestations of global challenges and the ‘local’ opportunities for solving them. 

 Based on that we would like to invite submissions that address (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  • What contributions has a mission-based approach to innovation policy made to address economic and social crises like the current COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What would be the impact for STI policy when the focus shifts from economic growth to creating more resilient societies?
  • To what extent are current policy instruments fit for purpose when society is in a more constant state of disruption due to recurring societal challenges?
  • How can STI policies better align grand challenges with territorial differences to build more equal, sustainable, and responsible societies?
  • How can different actors in the innovation ecosystem contribute to addressing grand challenges at local level to reduce inequalities?
  • What is the potential of responsible innovation or other responsibility-oriented policy frameworks to support transformative change?
  • What are the synergies between responsible innovation and research on grand societal challenges?
  • How can innovation policy be characterised from a responsibility perspective? What makes innovation policy ‘responsible’?


Conference structure and format:

The one-and-a-half day conference will offer a varied program, including paper presentation sessions, keynote talks and social events for networking purposes. 

Early career researchers will present a full paper in a 15-minute presentation followed by discussions from junior and senior scholars. The audience is expected (and encouraged) to participate. 


Keynote speakers:

  • Pedro Marques, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Pedro is a Ramon y Cajal fellow working on regional development, innovation and governance in peripheral regions of the EU.
  • Iris Wanzenböck, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht University). Iris is an Assistant Professor who focuses on the governance of innovation policy for societal challenges and transformative change.


Registration, fees and accommodation:

  • Registration:
    • Free for Eu-SPRI members
    • £320 for non-Eu-SPRI members
  • Fees cover accommodation (2 nights) in a 4* Hotel, lunches and social events.
  • Travel expenses will not be covered.


Paper submission (instructions & deadlines):

Early career researchers interested in participating in this conference must submit an extended abstract (800-1,000 words) no later than 4th March 2022 to Dr. Mayra Morales Tirado at mayra.moralestirado@manchester.ac.uk. The decision will be communicated to the authors by 15 March 2022.

Full accepted papers (5,000 – 8,000 words) must be submitted by 29 April 2022 to be included in the conference programme to the same email address.

Evaluation and selection criteria of submissions are based on academic quality, thematic relevance and motivation.


Conference Program:



Sunday 8th of May

6.30pm –

Get together

Venue: Brewdog. 144 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9GP


Monday 9th of May

9.00am – 9.30am

Registration

9.30am – 10.00am

Opening session

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

10.00am – 11.00am

Plenary session: Iris Wanzenböck

Title: Societal problem orientation in STI policies – Governance challenges and ways forward

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

11.00am – 11.30am

Coffee break

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

11.30am – 1.00pm

Session 1: Responsible and Social Innovation

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Session 2: Global challenges

 

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Lunch

Venue: The Mill. AMBS Ground floor

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Session 3: Sustainability transitions I

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Session 4: Innovation policy

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Coffee break

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Session 5: Innovation and COVID 19

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Session 6: Innovation policy II

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

7.00pm –

Social dinner

Venue: HOME. 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN


Tuesday 10th of May

9.00am – 10.00am

Plenary session: Pedro Marques

Title: Can (or should) peripheral regions converge with the wealthiest?

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

10.00am – 10.30am

Coffee break

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

10.30am – 12.00am

Session 7: Sustainability transitions II

 

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Session 8: Knowledge
transfer and engagement

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

12.00pm – 12.30pm

Closure and Awards

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

12.30pm – 2pm

Lunch/ End of the conference

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Parallel sessions

Each presenter has a 30-minutes slot that includes: 15 minutes presentation, 10 minutes comments from a junior and senior colleague and 5 minutes Q&As from the audience.

Session 1: Responsible and Social
Innovation

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Chair: Mayra Morales Tirado

Monday 9th

11.30am-12.00pm

Title: Can soft governance influence responsible innovation outcomes in the Global South? The case of iGEM in Latin America

Author: Adam McCarthy

Senior discussant: Elvira Uyarra

Junior discussant: Karina Maldonado Mariscal

Monday 9th

12.00pm-12.30pm

Title: Grassroots innovation movements in Oaxaca: Innovation intermediaries and alternative pathways to innovation

Author: Pablo Ayala

Senior discussant: Pedro Marques

Junior discussant: Adam McCarthy

Monday 9th

12.30pm-1.00pm

Title: Regional Innovation Policy in Mexico: Towards Social Innovation Ecosystems

Author: Karina Maldonado Mariscal

Senior discussant: Pedro Marques

Junior discussant: Pablo Ayala

Session 2: Global challenges

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

Chair: Sarada Gadepalli

Monday 9th

11.30am-12.00pm

Title: Arts greening driver or breaker? A systematic review of tow decades of green innovation determinants research in music festivals

Author: Paulin Gohoungodji

Senior discussant: Bruce Tether

Junior discussant: Arash Hajikhani

Monday 9th

12.00pm-12.30pm

Title: Circularity and Global Value Chains: an integrative framework

Author: Cristina Di Stefano

Senior discussant: Silvia Massini

Junior discussant: Paulin Gohoungodji

Monday 9th

12.30pm-1.00pm

Title: The power of new indicators to map firm’s technological activity and its orientation towards the societal challenges

Author: Arash Hajikhani

Senior discussant: Bruce Tether

Junior discussant: Cristina Di Stefano

Session 3: Sustainability transitions I

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Chair: Mina Rezaeian Abrishami

Monday 9th

2.30pm-3.00pm

Title: Tactics vs Opposing rationalities. A case study of how entrepreneurial civil servants’ can counter legitimate objections to executing transition tasks

Author: Rik Braams

Senior discussant: Jonatan Pinkse

Junior discussant: Nanthini Nagarajah

Monday 9th

3.00pm-3.30pm

Title: Tensions between the digital transformation of mobility and sustainability goals – a functional innovation systems based analysis

Author: Anna Grimm

Senior discussant: Jonatan Pinkse

Junior discussant: Rik Braams

Monday 9th

3.30pm-4.00pm

Title: The contextual materiality of low carbon solutions to a developing country Norway-Sri Lanka collaborative floating solar pilot demonstration project

Author: Nanthini Nagarajah

Senior discussant: Jonatan Pinkse

Junior discussant: Anna Grimm

Session 4: Innovation policy

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

Chair: Xiuqin Li

Monday 9th

2.30pm-3.00pm

Title: Instrument Mix for Sustainable Transport: The Adoption of Commercial Electric Vehicles

Author: Layla Alali

Senior discussant: Kieron Flanagan

Junior discussant: Monika Wozniak

Monday 9th

3.00pm-3.30pm

Title: The uphill battle for reinventing post-industrial regions: the case of Greater Manchester’s clean growth vision.

Author: Matt Ziembla

Senior discussant: Iris Wanzenböck

Junior discussant: Layla Alali

Monday 9th

3.30pm-4.00pm

Title: Innovative procurement as the tool of mission oriented initiative in Poland

Author: Monika Wozniak

Senior discussant: Kieron Flanagan

Junior discussant: Matt Ziembla

Session 5: Innovation and COVID 19

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Chair: Huma Javaid

Monday 9th

4.30pm-5.00pm

Title: Innovation in the COVID-19 crisis increasing resilience of the hospitality sector

Author: Noora Al-Muhannadi

Senior discussant: Dimitri Gagliardi

Junior discussant: Jakob Schiele

Monday 9th

5.00pm-5.30pm

Title: Pandemic Doldrums or Wind of Change? Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Sustainable Transition of Shipping

Author: Jakob Schiele

Senior discussant: Dimitri Gagliardi

Junior discussant: Noora Al-Muhannadi

Session 6: Innovation policy II

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

Chair: Mateusz Ziembla

Monday 9th

4.30pm-5.00pm

Title: Specialisation and Differentiation of Public Research Institutes in Korea and their relation to positioning of research

Author: Seunghyun Lee

Senior discussant: Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo

Junior discussant: Esra Aydogdu

Monday 9th

5.00pm-5.30pm

Title: The Impact of Social Innovation Interventions on Institutions

Author: Esra Aydogdu

Senior discussant: Cornelia Lawson

Junior discussant: Seunghyun Lee

Session 7: Sustainability transitions II

Venue: Penthouse. AMBS 10th floor

Chair: Mina Malvandy

Tuesday 10th

10.30am-11.00am

Title: Transition policy mixes and incumbents’ business model adaptation: A co-evolutionary analysis of UK Zero-Carbon Homes

Author: Mina Razaeian Abrishami

Senior discussant: Barbara Ribeiro

Junior discussant: Remi Manesse

Tuesday 10th

11.00am-11.30am

Title: Putting insects on the agenda – the role of policy entrepreneurs for insect conservation in Germany

Author:  Marie Oltmer

Senior discussant: Barbara Ribeiro

Junior discussant: Mina Razaeian Abrishami

Tuesday 10th

11.30am-12.00pm

Title: Construction companies and universities: new actors of urban experimentation within sustainable urban development projects

Author: Remi Manesse

Senior discussant: Barbara Ribeiro

Junior discussant: Marie Oltmer

Session 8: Knowledge transfer and engagement

Venue: 9.041. AMBS 9th floor

Chair: Jenny Twyford

Tuesday 10th

10.30am-11.00am

Title: Science-policy engagement  in mission-oriented research – How quantitative modelling can inform new organisational structures in the research system to promote engagement

Author: Henriette Ruhrmann

Senior discussant: Philippe Laredo

Junior discussant: Lukas Dreier

Tuesday 10th

11.00am-11.30am

Title: The emergence of innovation networks: patents, collaboration and national innovation systems in the European periphery over the Long Term

Author: Sergio Barbosa

Senior discussant: Philippe Laredo

Junior discussant: Henriette Ruhrmann

Tuesday 10th

11.30am-12.00pm

Title: Untapped potential: who are the scientists without knowledge and technology transfer activities and what can motivate them to engage in those activities

Author: Lukas Dreier

Senior discussant: Philippe Laredo

Junior discussant: Sergio Barbosa

Key dates:

  • March 4th, 2022 – Extended Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (800-1,000 words)
  • March 15, 2022 – Notification of acceptance
  • April 29, 2022 – Deadline for full papers (5,000 – 8,000 words)
  • May 9-10, 2022 – Conference

Contact: 

If you have any questions, please contact the local organising team: Dr. Mayra Morales Tirado at mayra.moralestirado@manchester.ac.uk.

Scientific Committee

Carolina Cañibano. INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
Pablo D’Este. INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
Gaston Heimeriks. Utrecht University
Oscar Llopis Corcoles. University of Valencia
Alberto Marzucchi. GSSI
Julia Olmos Peñuela. University of Valencia
Jonatan Pinkse. MIOIR, UoM
Francesco Rentocchini. JRC-EC.
Barbara Ribeiro. MIOIR, UoM
Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo. MIOIR, UoM
Catalina Martinez. IPP (CSIC)
Torben Schubert. Fraunhofer ISI
Elvira Uyarra. MIOIR, UoM
Valentina Tartari. CBS
Taran Thune. TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture

Organising Committee

Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo (Co-chair)
Jonatan Pinkse (Co-chair)
Sarada Gadepalli
Huma Javaid
Xiuqin Li
Mina Malvandy
Mayra Morales Tirado
Barbara Ribeiro
Mina Rezaeian Abrishami
Elvira Uyarra
Jenny Twyford
Mateusz Ziembla

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