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

Projects

Professor Smita Srinivas receives the 2021 Ayres Award

9 July 2020

Professor Smita Srinivas has been honoured by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) for her outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.

Innogen is 20!

1 March 2022

As Innogen celebrates its 20th anniversary, its members reflect on the past and future impacts of the long-standing collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and The Open University on academia and real-world policy.

When is industry ‘sustainable’?

25 May 2023

In her latest article, Prof Smita Srinivas, economic development expert and Innogen member, presents an institutional theory framework to inform the assessment of fast-moving pandemic evidence. She argues that essential features of how some countries and industries adapted during the pandemic have been missed.

Innogen retreat 2019

10 October 2019

This year's annual meeting took place 3-4 October in Edinburgh and it brought together researchers from the Open University and the University of Edinburgh as well as colleagues from the Open University Scotland. 

Professor Andrew Webster (1951-2021)

29 September 2021

We have learned with the greatest sadness of the passing of Andrew Webster, Professor in sociology at the University of York.