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


Launching a series of ‘In Conversation’ events

7 February 2022

Over the coming months, Innogen researchers will be hosting and participating in ‘In Conversation’ events in which they will discuss some of their latest research and policy work.

Meet Innogen Members: Dr Miguel García-Sancho

23 March 2023

We speak with Dr Miguel García-Sancho, Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer at The University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, about his forthcoming book and future research plans. His history of science expertise, which sits between the production of scientific knowledge and the broader context in which this knowledge circulates, sheds new light on innovation systems and on how science and technology are used to achieve a range of practical goals.

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’