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New perspectives on innovation policy

Innovation policy makers of today are facing a range of challenges to solve, extending far beyond the usual paradigm of economic growth. This places a renewed pressure for more innovation within innovation policy itself. Our research theme aims to study the changing landscape for policy making and develop new approaches to guide the 21st century innovation policy.

We have identified three trends in policy that are of particular importance for the research theme:

  • a strong shift to the third generation of innovation policies – the transformative innovation policy
  • an increasing focus to move from partial policies to holistic innovation policy
  • a remarkable revival of interest towards mission-oriented innovation policies

The purpose of the research theme is to develop an ambitious and forward-looking research agenda to study these issues.  

Research focus

The theme focuses on:

  • Development of the conceptual foundations of emerging topics in innovation policy.
  • Empirical work mapping the evolution of innovation policy practices on the ground.
  • Practice-oriented studies on how the new concepts could be implemented in real world settings.


The theme aims to:

  • Create a forum for discussing the emerging topics in innovation policy.
  • Engage in a dialogue with policy makers in Europe and beyond.
  • Develop international cooperation with renowned research centres across the world.
  • Co-develop funding proposals based on the participants’ common interests.  

Seminars on innovation policy

“Curb your enthusiasm – a critical perspective to innovation and entrepreneurship” – May 17

Olof Hallonsten and Anna Brattström from Lund University School of Economics and Management

"Science and Innovation for Transforming Europe" – April 12

Speakers: Román Arjona and Julien Ravet from the European Commission

"Building a successful innovation ecosystem – a view from practice and theory" – March 21, 2022

Speakers: Kjell-Håkan Närfelt – VINNOVA and Erkko Autio – Imperial College London

"New trends in (national) innovation policy" – February 15, 2022

Speaker: Jakob Edler – Fraunhofer ISI

"Challenges to transformative innovation policy" – December 07, 2021

Speaker: Sylvia Schwaag Serger – Lund University

"Missions as boundary objects for transformative change" – October 29, 2021

Speaker: Matthijs Jannsen – Utrecht University

"The future of regional innovation policy" – June 1, 2021 

Speakers: James Wilson – Director of Research at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, teaching faculty at Deusto Business School, Spain and Anders Olsson – Manager of Research and Innovation, Region Värmland, Sweden


Link leads to the Lund University directory.

Theme coordinator

Mart Laatsit


Further information