GIST Seminar

The 77th GIST Seminar "How to manage natural resource income to enhance knowledge base? - Experiences from four Latin American countries"

The 77th GIST Seminar
Speaker Dr.Michiko Iizuka,Research fellow, The United Nations University Maastricht Economic and social Research and training center for Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
Time July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Doors open at 3:40pm)
Venue National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 4th Floor, Room 4F (ACCESS)
Sponsor GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registraion required)
Document Presentation Slides


For a long time, the NRs, particularly nonrenewable resources (such as mining), have been considered as a 'curse' for development. Nowadays, existing empirical and normative evidence suggest that NRs can be an engine for development given presence of good institutional capacity and sound policy. Latin American (LA) countries, especially those endowed with natural resources, had grown economically owing to the boom of resources in the 1990s and 2000s; however, during the booming period, structure of economy became more reliant on natural resources moving away from manufacturing sector. In the 2000s, important policy shift was made in many LA countries to pay more attentions in enhancing knowledge intensive activities to bring about much needed structural transformation. As the result, numerous governments with rich natural resources (namely Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru) created a mechanism to actively invest income incurred from NRs on knowledge, namely, Science, Technology, Research and Innovation (STRI), in the 2000s. While these attempts are being carried out, its impacts are still considered limited This paper will present some of these attempts through comparing existing cases using a set of design criteria, created based on literature review. The paper will use the result of comparative analysis to come up with some practical policy suggestions for proposed mechanisms.

Simplified personal history

Michiko Iizuka is a policy specialist in the fields of development, innovation sustainability, natural resources and agriculture in developing and emerging countries. Since 2008, she has worked as a Research fellow at the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). She has DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU and MPhil in Development Studies from IDS, both at University of Sussex. Prior to working at UNU-MERIT, she worked as a researcher at International Development Center of Japan and United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean.


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