GIST Seminar

The 70th GIST Seminar "New industrial and innovation policy experiments in the European Union"

The 70th GIST Seminar
Speaker Dr. Erkki Karo
Research fellow,Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance,Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
GRIPS Visiting Scholar
Time Tuesday, January 26,4:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Venue National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 4th Floor, Room 4A (ACCESS)
Sponsor National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registration required)

Presentation Overview

This presentation will discuss two central industrial and innovation policy "experiments" the EU has decided to pursue during the 2014-2020 strategy period. Firstly, EU level science and innovation policies are currently driven by the focus on tackling imminent "societal challenges" (energy efficiency and security, ageing and sustainability of the welfare systems etc) through technological and social innovations. Second, most of the EU regional policy is driven by the concept of "smart specialisation" that seeks to increase the relevance and impact of regional industrial and innovation policies across the EU. This presentation will introduce the basic policy rationales and designs of these new policy approaches and will also discuss their functioning within the multi-level governance of the EU where such policy experiments have to be implemented by nation states and regions with uneven industrial and innovation capabilities, and also diverse political and institutional systems.

Simplified personal history

Dr. Erkki Karo is a research fellow at the Chair of Public Management and Policy at Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at GRIPS - National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo (for 2015-2016). He has received BA from the University of Tartu (Estonia) and PhD from the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) in Public Administration with specialisation in Technology Governance. He has also been a visiting PhD research student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), University College London (UK), and the University of Iceland. His research focuses on governance and public management of science, technology and innovation policies in both developing and developed economies. He has worked on policy-related projects (related to cluster policy, open innovation and innovation policy, innovation policy strategies and its’ governance, smart specialisation policies) both for the Estonian local governments and central government institutions. Between 2012-2015 he was also a principal investigator of the Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme - an applied research and consultancy programme initiated and financed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. He is also a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group on Public Administration, Technology & Innovation.


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