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CIRCLE is an interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation Research spanning several faculties at Lund University. 

CIRCLE's aim is to understand and explain how innovation can contribute to a good society and tackle societal challenges like economic crises, climate change or increased globalization of economic activities. This aim requires advanced insights into:

  • how knowledge is created and diffused in organizations, networks, regions, countries, and globally
  • how knowledge is turned into innovations
  • which conditions promote or hinder the creation and diffusion of innovation
  • what intended and unintended societal consequences innovation have.

Research at CIRCLE is currently organized in a number of interconnected thematic areas. Each theme hosts different research projects and most researchers at CIRCLE are involved in several research themes.


For information about how CIRCLE works with research themes, contact:

Markus Grillitsch