Assessing the transformative potential of mission-oriented innovation policies for meeting Net Zero targets

Past Event
19 January 2022 15:00 (GMT)
19 January 2022 16:30 (GMT)

Many countries have set up ambitious GHG reduction targets, often with the long-term goal to become climate-neutral by 2050 or before, and some of them are implementing various types of mission-oriented innovation policies to contribute to meet these targets. The aim of this ‘Panel discussions’ session is to gather representatives of different relevant policy communities (policy research and analysis, international and national policy making) in a structured framework in order to collectively reflect upon the transformative potential of different types of mission-oriented innovation policies (MOIPs).

The main questions that are addressed in this session are the following:

– To what extent can different types of MOIPs be used to engage a wide set of actors to develop the kinds of transformative policy and undertake collective action necessary to achieve net zero objectives?
– What are the prevailing external (e.g. overall strategic and policy context for net zero) and internal (e.g. design and funding features) conditions to exploit the ‘transformative potential’ of MOIPs?
The ‘Panel discussions’ session will consist of:
– An introduction setting out the main questions and the framework that is used to compare the different missions that aim to reduce GHG emissions, based on an ongoing OECD project.
– Presentations of four missions aiming to reduce GHG emissions
– An interactive session with the audience using an online whiteboard application to co-define the contextual enablers and barriers to transformative missions, and the design principles of transformative missions

Rebecca Santos and Bora Kim (both from OECD/STP) will support the session moderation’

Ref: # 30

Policy and governance for transformative change
Transformative Missions


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Susana Borras
Professor of innovation and governance at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Matthijs Janssen
Trained as an innovation scientist, Matthijs investigates innovation policy and strategy. His research activities involve both quantitative and qualitative analyses, based on methods like statistical modelling, survey research, interviews and case studies. As assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Matthijs mainly focuses at industrial policy, transitions, mission-oriented innovation policy, and novel forms of smart specialization. These lines of research follow on Matthijs’ PhD-thesis on ‘service innovation in an evolutionary perspective’ (runner-up for the ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award 2016) from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his post-doc position at the Center for International Development - Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Matthijs' current work mainly focuses on assessing the governance and impact of ‘transformative’ innovation policies targeted at specific sectors, knowledge domains or societal challenges. Matthijs is coordinator of Utrecht University’s ‘Mission-oriented Innovation Policy Observatory’; see: www.uu.nl/en/research/copernicus-institute-of-sustainable-development/mission-oriented-innovation-policy-observatory. Matthijs also holds a position as Principal Scientist at Dialogic Innovation & Interaction. Often acting as project leader, he has (co-)authored about 40 studies for clients like the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Ministry of Education Culture and Science, Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement, Ministry of Finance, Rijkswaterstaat, the European Commission and the OECD.
Philippe Larrue
Philippe Larrue is working as policy analyst at the Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI). He currently manages several projects in relation to innovation policy to address societal challenges, notably the study into the design and implementation of mission-oriented innovation policies (MOIPs) and a project on the role of research and technology organisations for sustainable transitions. He also regularly leads or contributes to OECD Innovation Policy Reviews (Malaysia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway, Portugal, Kuwait, Korea). He joined OECD in 2011 as internal evaluator. He has led and implemented several evaluations of OECD committees and horizontal initiatives and contributed to revise the organisation’s methodology and process. Prior to joining OECD, he was Director of the French office of Technopolis Group, a leading consulting and evaluation company in the area of research, innovation and economic development policy. After his PhD in economics, Philippe led research positions at the University of Bordeaux, INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) and Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, Tokyo).
Ralf Lindner
Dr Ralf Lindner is head of the Department Policy & Society and Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. He has participated in, managed and coordinated numerous large national and European research projects in the field of science, technology and innovation policy and governance. He is particularly interested in policy design and governance approaches for transformative change, mission oriented innovation policy, responsible research and innovation, and processes of policy learning. Additional research interests include the analysis of diffusion and adoption processes of emerging technologies, particularly ICTs, and Internet-based communication and interaction processes, particularly e participation and e-democracy. Ralf Lindner received his degree in political science and economics from the University of Augsburg, completed graduate work at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and post-graduate studies at Carleton University (Ottawa). From 2011 to 2013 Dr Lindner held a chair in Political Science at the Quadriga University Berlin, where he also was head of the Department of Politics and Public Affairs. He was recently appointed to the Regional Forum for Research and Innovation advising the Government of Lombardy on its innovation strategy.
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Michal Miedzinski
Assistant professor at Utrecht University and Principal Scientist at Dialogic
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Wolfgang Polt
Director of POLICIES - the Institute for Economic and Innovation Research of JOANNEUM RESEARCH LTD
Sylvia Schwaag Serger
Sylvia Schwaag Serger is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Lund University. Prior to this, she was Executive Director for International Strategy at the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation (VINNOVA). She has run an independent think tank on the knowledge economy, worked as Swedish Science Counsellor in Beijing (2005 and 2007) and as an analyst for the Swedish Ministry of Trade and Industry. During 2015/2016 she was senior advisor at the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office for Strategic Development. In 2016, the Swedish government appointed her to coordinate the government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of Ericsson’s cutbacks in Sweden. She currently advises the Swedish government on how to cooperate with China in research, innovation and higher education. At European level, she has chaired an expert group on international research and innovation cooperation for DG Research. She has also served as member of an expert group tasked with evaluating the European Innovation Partnerships and is currently member of the Expert Group on the Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). She was one of the external experts in the OECD’s innovation reviews of Finland and Norway 2016/2017 and is currently evaluating Denmark’s Innovation Fund. Schwaag Serger is member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, chairperson of the Swedish Foundation for Internationalization of Higher Education and Research (STINT) and member of the International Advisory Board of the Norwegian Research Council. She has served on the board of the University of Uppsala and on the Swedish Government Expert Commission on Research. From 2013-2016 she was Guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Policy Management (CASIPM).
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Piret Tonurist
OECD, Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, Public Governance Directorate
Matthias Weber
Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Matthias Weber is Head of Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Université Gustave Eiffel, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences, Innovations, Sociétés. He holds degrees in process engineering and political sciences, and a PhD in economics. Matthias has been working for more than twenty-five years on matters of research, technology and innovation policy and the transformation of socio-technical systems. His experience covers a broad range of thematic areas, including energy, mobility, manufacturing and cities, and in particular, addressing matters of governance of socio-technical transformation and mission-oriented R&I policy, and the embedding of strategic foresight in policy-making. He is regularly advising national governments, the European Commission and international organisations on the governance of transformative R&I and sectoral policies, both in relation to long-term societal challenges and in response to disruptive technological developments. He was leader of the BOHEMIA foresight project supporting the preparation of the EU Horizon Europe framework programme, and is currently the coordinator of the Foresight on Demand framework contract for the European Commission. Together with his colleagues, Matthias is contributing to the MOTION project on matters of participatory, forward-looking and formative impact assessment. Matthias also assumed several high-level advisory functions, for instance as member and co-chair of the Research, Innovation and Science Policy High-Level Expert Group (RISE), advising the European Research Commissioner, as member of the High-Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, advising the European Council, and as chair of the German Expert Group on European Research Area 2030, advising the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.