Freeman Centenary/Research Policy 50th Anniversary Conference
Chris Freeman Centenary & Research Policy 50th Anniversary Conference
Date: Friday 10 September 2021
Time: 9am – 6pm BST
Venue: Hybrid (both physical and online attendance will be available)
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chris Freeman, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Research Policy, the journal that he co-founded, SPRU is organising a one-day conference. It will include presentations by the authors of papers to be published in a forthcoming Special Issue of Research Policy devoted to Professor Freeman and his enduring significance for the field of innovation studies, along with a number of early career researchers, reflecting the fact that Freeman always gave great attention to encouraging younger researchers. The conference will be 'hybrid' in format, with some attending physically at the University of Sussex, and others participating virtually via Zoom.
Key audience: All those interested in innovation studies and science and technology policy.
Registration and attendance: Participation to this event is free but registration is essential. The deadline to register to attend the event physically is the 1st September. Please register to attend using the form at the bottom of this page.
|Time||Speaker / Title|
|8:45 - 9:00||
In-person registration opens and online admissions begins
|9:00 - 9:30||
Welcome and introductions
Chair - Ben Martin
Contributors - Steve McGuire, Jeremy Kent Hall & Carlota Perez
|9:30 - 11:00||
First session - presentations by Early Career Researchers (from Asia & Africa/Europe)
Chair - Alex Coad
|11:00 - 11:30||Coffee break|
|11.30 - 13:00||
Second session - presentations by authors of Freeman Special Issue papers
Chair - Raphie Kaplinsky
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch|
|13:50 - 13:55||
Showing of short video of Chris Freeman with introduction by Alan Freeman
|14.00 - 15:30||
Third session - presentations by Early Career Researchers (from N & S America & Africa/Europe)
Chair - Paola Criscuolo
|15:30 - 16:00||Coffee break|
|16:00 - 17:30||
Fourth session - remaining presentations by authors of Freeman Special Issue papers
Chair - Ed Steinmueller
|17:30 - 17:45||
Building on Chris Freeman’s legacy
Chair - Maria Savona
Contributors - Simon Jones & Jeremy Kent Hall
|17:45 - 18:00||
Alex Coad, Professor, Waseda Business School
Jeremy Kent Hall, Professor of Innovation Studies, Director of Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Raphie Kaplinsky, Honorary Professor, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and Emeritus Professor, Institute of Development Studies and The Open University
Ben Martin, Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Maria Savona, Professor of Economics of Innovation, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and Professor of Applied Economics at Luiss Guido Carli University
Ed Steinmueller, Professor of Information & Communication Technology Policy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Speaker biographies and abstracts
- Alex Coad
Alex Coad is a Professor at Waseda Business School (Tokyo, Japan), and is interested in the areas of firm-level R&D investment, firm performance, entrepreneurship, and innovation policy. Alex has published over 80 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Industrial and Corporate Change, and European Economic Review. According to google-scholar, Alex has over 10'000 citations and an H-index of 45. Alex is an Editor at the journals 'Research Policy' (Financial Times Top 50 list of journals for Business Schools) and 'Small Business Economics'. Previously Alex obtained a PhD from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Sant'Anna School, Pisa, Italy, and held academic positions at the Max Planck Institute (Jena, DE), Aalborg University (Denmark), SPRU (Univ. Sussex, UK), and CENTRUM Graduate Business School (Lima, Peru), and also being an Economic Analyst at the European Commission (IRI group, JRC-IPTS, Sevilla). In December 2016, Alex received the 2016 Nelson Prize at University of California Berkeley.
- Paola Criscuolo
Paola Criscuolo is a professor of innovation management at Imperial College Business School, London, UK. Her research interests include R&D project selection, open innovation, and knowledge transfer both within and across firms. She received her Ph.D. in the economics of innovation and technological change from Maastricht University. She is an Associate Editor of Research Policy since January 2020 and she a member of both the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal and of the advisory board of Industry and Innovation since 2016.
- Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Hall (DPhil, SPRU, 2000) is Professor of Innovation Studies, Director of SPRU, University of Sussex Business School, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, published by Elsevier. His research investigates the social impacts and unanticipated outcomes of innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable supply chains and social inclusion, where he has collaborated with a range of natural and social scientists with funding from numerus funding agencies.
- Raphie Kaplinsky
Raphie Kaplinsky is an Honorary Professor at SPRU. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Developments Studies and at the Open University. He has recently published a book on sustainability challenges seen through the lens of techno-economic paradigms (Sustainable Futures – An Agenda for Action; Polity Press) which builds on the pathbreaking contributions of Chris Freeman to the understanding of systems transition. Raphie began his career at SPRU in the early 1970s and, with Charles Cooper, worked actively to promote a joint research agenda between SPRU and the IDS. For many years he was, like many others, mentored by Chris. One of his most memorable experiences was to take Chris on a guided tour of the slums in Cape Town South Africa before the Transition to democratic government in 1994.
- Ben Martin
Ben Martin is Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies at SPRU, where he served as Director from 1997 to 2004. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), and a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, both at the University of Cambridge. He has carried out research for 40 years in the field of science policy. He helped to establish techniques for evaluating scientific laboratories, research programmes and national scientific performance. He also pioneered the notion of ‘technology foresight’. More recently, he has carried out research on the benefits from government funding of basic research, the changing nature and role of the university, the impact of the Research Assessment Exercise, and the evolution of the field of science policy and innovation studies. He has also published several papers on research misconduct. Since 2004, he has been Editor of Research Policy, and he is also the 1997 winner of the de Solla Price Medal for Science Studies.
- Maria Savona
Maria Savona is Professor of Economics of innovation at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK and Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Economics at LUISS University, Rome. She was previously at the University of Cambridge, UK, Universities of Strasbourg and Lille 1, France. Her research focuses on the effects of technical change and innovation on employment and wage inequality; innovation and industrial policy; barriers to innovation; the structural change of the sectoral composition of economies, particularly the emergence of global value chains in services. More recently, she works on the governance of data and policies to redistribute data-value. She has led and co-led several grants funded by the EC, ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Greater London Authority, IDRC. She has advised the IADB; ECLAC; UN ESCAP; OECD; NESTA; BEIS, DETI. She is an Editor for Research Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Economia Politica, and a former member of the High Level Expert Group on the Impact of Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets for the European Commission.
- Ed Steinmueller
Professor Steinmueller is Professor of Information and Communication Technology Policy at SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit – University of Sussex Business School. He has been Professorial fellow at SPRU since 1997. He began his studies in the areas of computer science, mathematics, economics, and Chinese language and history at the University of Oregon and Stanford University. Steinmueller has published widely in the field of the industrial economics of information and communication technology industries including integrated circuits, computers, telecommunications, software and the economic, social policy issues of the Information Society. He has also contributed to research in science policy and the economics of basic research. Professor Steinmueller has been an advisor to several Directorates at the European Commission, the National Academies of Science and Engineering (US), and the Department of Trade and Industry and Office of Telecommunications (UK).