Promoting international learning and coordination for transformation: the JRC S4 and OECD S&T Policy 2025 initiatives

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

We are proposing a session that reports on two new flagship policy initiatives by international organisations – the OECD and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre – which are unique in sharing explicitly transformative framings and objectives. The OECD’s “S&T Policy 2025” initiative aims to provide an overarching vision and framework for STI policymakers to rethink, redesign and implement a new generation of STI policies. Given the urgent need to set STI policy on pathways to contribute to long-term socio-technical transitions, the initiative will aim to articulate short-term, positively normative ‘stretch targets’ (to 2025) for the STI policy community to aim at achieving. The JRC’s “Innovation strategies for sustainability” (S4) initiative seeks to accelerate the transition to sustainability while creating local jobs in the new green and digital economy. It will gather evidence through a series of system-level policy reviews to provide concrete policy advice to cities, regions and national governments on designing and implementing S4 strategies. The two initiatives draw inspiration from transformative innovation policy literature and build on many years of fruitful cooperation between the OECD and the European Commission. The aim of this proposed session is to engage in a critical discussion with academics and policy practitioners and facilitate international learning.

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Policy and governance for transformative change
Transformative Missions


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Dimitrios Pontikakis
Dimitrios Pontikakis (BA, PhD) is an Economist and Policy Analyst at the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre. His current work focuses on the design and provision of appropriate policy support to foster innovation in low income and low growth EU regions. He leads the recently launched Working Group on "Understanding and Managing Industrial Transitions", a key activity of which are the Reviews of Industrial Transition. He was previously an Economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, contributing to OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy and to OECD work on System Innovation.
Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan is a Senior Analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He has worked in the science and innovation policy field for more than two decades, focusing on strategic policy intelligence (foresight, evaluation) practices and national innovation system analysis. He has been at the OECD since 2007, where he leads preparation of the flagship Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook publication. Among other things, the STI Outlook explores some of the main trends and issues that are set to influence science and innovation over the next decade. He also leads the team responsible for the EC-OECD STIP Compass platform, a semantic database of more than 6,000 STI policy initiatives from more than 50 countries. He is also responsible for managing the OECD’s S&T Policy 2025 initiative, which aims to provide an overarching vision and framework for STI policymakers to rethink, redesign and implement a new generation of STI policies that better contributes to sustainability transitions. He previously participated in several OECD reviews of innovation policy, including those of Sweden, Korea, Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, and SE Asia. He is on the advisory boards of the international journals Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Foresight, Форсайт, and Asian Research Policy.
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).
Elvira Uyarra
Elvira Uyarra is Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) where she is also co-director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and member of the UK Productivity Institute. Elvira is also Adjunct Professor at the Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Western Norway. Her work sits at the intersection between innovation studies, policy studies and regional studies. She researches the role of innovation and industrial policy on regional development and diversification, including smart specialization and transformative innovation policies. She is currently coordinating a project about the role of public procurement on mission-oriented innovation policy.
Paula Kivimaa
Paula Kivimaa is Research Professor in Climate and Society at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Senior Research Fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex. Her areas of expertise include policy analysis, intermediary actors and policy experiments in sustainability transitions. She is currently coordinating a project examining the interplay between low-carbon energy policies and national security policies in four small European countries.
Ian Hughes
Dr Ian Hughes holds a joint position as Assistant Principle Officer in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS), and as a Senior Research Fellow at the MaREI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine at University College Cork. Ian’s focus is on providing a link between research and policy in order to assist policymakers in Ireland’s transition to sustainability. A major focus is on embedding system innovation thinking within Ireland’s innovation policy system. He is also leader of the transdisciplinary project Deep Institutional Innovation for Sustainability and Human Development (DIIS) which aims to lay the foundations for a critique and reimagining of the major social institutions in society – economics, democracy, religion, technology, gender and higher education – and the development of principles, visions, and imaginaries for guiding the coming transformations. Ian is author of Disordered Minds and co-editor of Metaphor, Sustainability, Transformation.
Göran Marklund
Göran Marklund is Deputy Director General and Head of Strategic Intelligence at Vinnova, which is the Swedish Government Agency for Innovation Systems. He is also Swedish representative at and currently chairing the OECD TIP Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy. He often gives advice to the Swedish Government and to the EU on research, innovation and growth policy issues. As a researcher Dr Marklund has primarily specialised in innovation and economic change, globalisation, and national competitiveness. In this function he has closely followed OECD and Eurostat indicator work and assisted at the meetings of OECD group of national experts of science and technology indicators, NESTI. Vinnova is Sweden’s national Innovation Agency, falling under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, with approximately 200 employees and a project portfolio of EUR 80 billion.
Tatiana Fernandez Sirera
Tatiana Fernández Sirera is Head of Economic Promotion at the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance. She coordinates the Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT) and other strategic and transformative projects. Before that, she worked for many years as an economic analyst and adviser on EU economic issues. She holds a PhD in European Integration and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Master of Economics - Europe from the University of Saarland and a Bachelor of Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her fields of interest and activity are: public policies for a more sustainable and inclusive society; transformative shared agendas; transformative innovation policy; collective impact and shared value initiatives; participatory monitoring systems focused on learning and on impact of public policies; smart specialisation strategies; responsible research and innovation; public procurement of innovation; experimentation in public policies; industrial transitions; systems thinking for social change.