Transforming Taiwan: Collaboration on innovation for a green future


This March, a delegation from INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, SPRU at the University of Sussex Business School and the Government of Catalonia visited Taiwan for exchanges and policy dialogues to learn about ongoing work on transformations towards an equitable and green future. 

Delegates met with policy leaders to gain insights into efforts led by research centres, think tanks, agencies and networks, including the National Science and Technology Council, Circular Taiwan Network, Taiwan Design Research Institute, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Department of Industrial Technology, Research Institute for Democracy, Society, and Emerging Technology, 和 Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University. 

Taiwan Design Research Institute

The three-day programme began with a series of exploratory discussions on design principles for the application of Transformative Innovation Policy at the Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI), followed by a visit to the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University to learn about research on policy, governance and co-production for local energy transitions. 

The second day featured a tour of TDRI from its President, Chi-Yi Chang, to learn about the mission of the institute to promote design as a central governance value that guides the sustainable development of industries and society, and improves qualities of life in Taiwan.  

In addition, delegates worked in partnership with the Circular Taiwan Network, TDRI and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to deliver an exploratory workshop on Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) principles with around 50 civil servants, researchers, network builders and change agents.

During the workshop, participants engaged with the TIP Radar Tool, developed by the Latin American and Caribbean HUB of Transformative Innovation Policy (HUBLAyCTIP), to reflect on the transformative potential of diverse policies and projects in areas including biogas, circular economy and shared mobility.

Additionally, Tatiana Fernández Sirera, Head of Economic Strategy at the Government of Catalonia, shared learnings from the Shared Agendas in Catalonia experiment, through which participants gained insights into the tensions and trade-offs facing policy makers working on TIP, and the role of stakeholder engagement in policy design.

Tatiana also highlighted the significance of common conceptual framework in facilitating meaningful exchanges across different contexts and geographies. ‘TIPC’s narratives makes it possible to have inspiring conversations with people around the globe on how transformative processes can be implemented,’ she said.

On the final day of the programme, the delegates joined a policy forum on ‘Transforming Taiwan’, learning about a series of actions to address social progress and sustainability, and exploring  opportunities to stretch the transformative potential of interventions geared towards societal impact.

Victoria Shaw, based at SPRU at the University of Sussex Business School, emphasised the importance of sharing learning across diverse regional communities to tackle the systemic global challenges faced by policymakers today. ‘Through collaboration, we aim to share methodologies and tools created by hubs and networks, while generating actionable knowledge from the unique challenges and approaches in each context,’ she said.