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

Innogen Research on Covid-19

27 March 2020

Recent publications by Innogen members draw attention to lessons learnt from previous outbreaks of infectious disease, and to the importance of ‘local health’ and the law in global health emergencies.

Call for abstracts: European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation 2022 conference

14 January 2022

This year’s Eu-SPRI 2022 conference “Challenging Science and Innovation Policy” will take place 1-3 June in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Innogen Director Theo Papaioannou and Lukas Fuchs at Eindhoven University of Technology are organising a special session on the ethics and politics of science, technology & innovation policy. Abstracts for this session should be submitted by the 15th February.

In Conversation event: Why is drug R&D so much less efficient now than it was in 1950?

16 March 2023

On the 2nd of February, Dr Farah Huzair, Lecturer in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, at The University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Sciences, and Dr Jack Scannell, CEO of Etheros Pharmaceuticals and Innogen Associate, discussed the reasons underlying the marked decline in drug R&D output efficiency since 1950 and ways to improve it.

Creative states: Is state-led risk-taking the answer to post-Covid-19 recovery?

28 April 2021

Writing in the RSA Journal, Innogen Director, Theo Papaioannou, examines how the entrepreneurial state could work in practice.

In Conversation event: Innovation policy in the UK post-Brexit

24 March 2022

On the 17th March, Innogen Director, Theo Papaioannou, chaired a discussion with Chris Warkup, Visiting Professor, The Open University, and Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy, UCL, on the UK’s innovation policy.