Transitions, evolution & history

Innovations do not arise out of a vacuum but are very much part of longer historical developments, in science, policy and society at large. As such, contemporary developments in science and technology cannot be understood without knowledge of the ways in which they build on previous work and configurations. Historical approaches explore continuities and discontinuities in the development of science and technology, drawing attention to trajectories, transitions and alternatives. Moreover, exploring how specific advances in science and technology unfold over time, including their interaction with research and science policy, can shed light on different approaches for fostering innovation and understanding their value


Innogen Annual Meeting

3 June 2021

On the 24th May over 30 Innogen members from the Open University and the University of Edinburgh participated in the Institute’s virtual meeting. Following the keynote presentation by Prof. Smita Srinivas on ‘The What, When, How of Policy for Technological Capabilities’, various PIs and PhD students gave short presentations on their work and future plans. Over the course of the day, they were able to exchange ideas and identify new opportunities for collaboration and funding.

Meet our visiting researcher: Dr Joe Sallmen

21 April 2022

Dr Joe Sallmen recently joined Innogen on secondment from The John Innes Centre in Norwich, where he is a postdoctoral researcher.

Engineering and Development

19 March 2020

Innogen researchers, Peter Robbins and David Wield have edited a Special Issue of the Journal of International Development entitled ‘The global and the local in engineering and international development’

Can we have a serious look at Plan B?

22 November 2021

In this blog post, Professor Chris Warkup questions whether full association to Horizon Europe is the best way for the UK to participate in international science collaboration. Does the UK capture enough value from the investment?

Extractive economic and political institutions in African countries have locked-in the pharmaceutical sector into industrial under-development.

8 March 2023

In a new article published in Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, Geoff Banda analyses the impact of extractive economic and political institutions on the industrial development of the African pharmaceutical sector.