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Chris Freeman Centenary Lecture Series

From 08 October 2021 to 21 January 2022
TIME: 02.00 PM LONDON (GMT+1) | 3 pm - Denmark, France, South Africa |  4 PM - EAT | 9 AM - New York | 6.30 PM - India | 9 pm China & Malaysia |10 PM - Tokyo

Christopher Freeman is the founder of modern Innovation Studies. His influence on the field has been phenomenal. This online lecture series is a tribute to Freeman, in his birth centenary year (2021-22). The target audience is budding researchers, grad-students and inter-disciplinarians who aspire to use the analytical frame of Innovation Systems (IS) in their research, but lack a thorough grounding in the theory.  The 'Chris Freeman Centenary Lecture Series' is designed to serve as a text book, giving them an opportunity to listen to and network with scholars already working in the domain. We hope this would embolden grad-students, especially from Global South, where adequate training facility in 'IS' is still scanty. The online lecture series started on 7-January and would last throughout the year. The first series titled Innovation Systems-101 was streamed live-online between 07.01.2021 and 07.04.2021 and was a glaring success. The second season titled Innovation Systems-102 - Practical Application of the Theory starts on October-8, 2021.

IS-102 Call

About the programme 

Innovation Systems-102 is planned as a series of seven seminars, each [except the inaugural session]  featuring two empirical papers employing the Innovation Systems theory. These papers have been selected through a call for papers during June. 2021 followed by a stringent selection process by an 'expert panel' appointed by Globelics. The selection criteria included the following: 

  • Based on Completed PhD theses / Working papers / Postdoctoral works / published empirical papers etc

  • Empirical work using Innovation Systems or any closely related framework

  • Combine qualitative and quantitative approaches in a historical perspective


These seminars are expected to give the audience a proper grounding on application of the 'S concept, and provide opportunity to learn the techniques involved from the horse's mouth. This will be a rare opportunity especially for the early-career researcher from global south.


Opportunities available in countries of the global south to study heterodox economics and specialised areas like Innovation Systems are limited. This may be understood as a direct result of the hegemony of orthodox, linear thinking by which these regions are still subjugated. The consequence is reflecting on the policy sphere where decisions are taken mostly, based on numerical data interpreted using the black box of econometric tools and rather divorced from reality. Necessity of these countries to free themselves from the shackles of orthodox thinking by developing policy frameworks based on local realities and by building strong National Innovation Systems has become  apparent during the recent crisis caused by covid-19.  As Bengt-Åke Lundvall says:

". . . it is a question of life and death if you are citizen in a country with a strong national innovation system or not. It has also demonstrated that the state has a major role in building a strong system – national  innovation systems are not self-grown ‘eco-systems’. Neo-liberalism is over . . . I find the CRIS-initiatives extremely timely and important. It is my hope that it will contribute to forming new generations of scholars who can help turn the world around by simultaneously building stronger national innovation systems in poor countries and struggling for a more fair world order . . ." (message from Bengt-Åke Lundvall). 

We hope IS-102 would complement the efforts already being made by Globelics and its various regional chapters towards realising this objective. 


List of lectures

1. Alexis Habiyaremye, University of Johannesburg on Enhancing productive capabilities through intra-regional trade and cross-border investments in Southern Africa08.10.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

2. YANG Boxu, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences on The subsidy, tax credit, or IPRs protection? Research on the effectiveness of technology and innovation policy of MLP on regional innovation efficiency22.10.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

3. Yin Ximing, Beijing Institute of Technology on China’s Innovation Progress and Prospect from the Holistic Innovation System Perspective 22.10.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT) 

4. Claudia Lorena Sanchez Solis, University of San Simon, Bolivia on The technological innovation system of isolated hybrid micro-grids in Bolivia: Identifying systemic problems through a sequential analytical model - 19.11.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

5. Duygu SARAÇOĞLU, and Semih AKÇOMAK, METU-Science and Technology Policy Studies, Turkey on New directions for IS approaches regarding cross-sectoral co-evolution based on convergence - 19.11.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

6. Peili Yu & Lijing Leng, Northeastern University in China on Research on the Technological Innovation Model Evolution of Public R&D Organizations based on Dynamic Capabilities-Taking the key state laboratory RAL as an example03.12.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

7. David Ivan Valdes-Munguia, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Mexico on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Mexico: change since policy transfer between 1988 and 2018 - 03.12.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

8. Florencia Fiorentin, Mariano Pereira & Diana Suarez, Instituto de Industria-Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (IdeI/UNGS), Argentina on From literature on innovation systems to the evaluation of innovation policy. Challenges to address a systemic phenomenon. - 17.12.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

9. Muyang Liu, Northeastern Universitiy in China on How Disruptive Innovation of Digital Platform Gains Legitimacy? - Based on Didi platform - 17.12.2021 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

10. Patrícia Lopes & Janaina Ruffoni, Economics Graduate Program Unisinos University (Brazil) on BRAZILIAN SCIENCE PARKS, An evaluation exercise of their effects on the municipalities - 07.01.2022 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

11. Rodrigo Volmir Rezende and Hamilton de Moura Ferreira Jr. Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil on BRAZILIAN SCIENCE PARKS, An evaluation exercise of their effects on the municipalities. 07.01.2022 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)

12. Justina Adwoa Onumah, Felix Ankomah Asante & Robert Darko Osei ISSER, University of Ghana on Welfare Dynamics of Innovations and Innovation System Interactions: Implication for poverty reduction among farm households in Ghana - 21.01.2022 (Friday, 2.00 PM GMT)


Award of a diploma: IS-102 plans to issue a diploma signed by Bengt Ake Lundvall to those who apply for it, after attending all the seminars either online or offline. We request all those who plan to apply for the diploma to sign in to zoom from a verifiable email account. The application process will be through a google feed back form.  

All are welcome to the programme. Prospective participants are advised to register for the events to get periodical up-dates about the programme. Click the 'Know more' button on the programme window to read the ABSTRACT of the paper.       

The Organising Team

Patron: Bengt-Åke Lundvall Expert panel: Ned Lorenz, KJ Joseph, Bitrina Diyamett and Marina Szapiro Working Group: Andrew Roberts Cummings, Jana Schmutzler De Uribe, Abiodun Egbetokun, Lilian Lihasi, Swati Mehta, Verónica Robert, Yemisi Abisuga, Rajesh GK and Indu. S

  • IS-102 SEMINAR-02
    Seven Seminars
    Fri, 22 Oct
    22 Oct, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT+1
    Development of National and Regional Innovation System in China - Curated by CICALICS


Shadow on Concrete Wall

Freeman Projected into the Future
Seminar Series
July 28, August 11 & 25
Three online seminars on the Freeman Special Issue of 
Innovation and DevelopmentJointly organised with Globelics and Innovation and Development Journal

To contribute to the celebration of Christopher Freeman's 100th birthday anniversary, the journal Innovation and Development has organised a special section containing a diverse selection of essays and comments from early career scholars. The aim was to hear the voices of younger scholars concerning the relevance of Freeman’s ideas in the context of present-day development issues. The special issue was guest edited by Gabriela Dutrénit and Judith Sutz. To make these voices of early career scholars be heard more broadly, Globelics and the journal Innovation and Development are organizing three online seminars. The seminars will have the format of a conversation between authors of essays and comments for the special issue and senior scholars who were close to Chris Freeman. 



  • Freeman Projected into the Future: SEMINAR-3
    RSVP Closed
    25 Aug, 2:30 pm GMT+1
    Judith Sutz | Jorge Katz | Slavo Radosevic | Pavel Gabriel Corilloclla Terbullino (Peru) | Rhiannon Pugh (GB) |Jana Schmutzler (Colombia)| Le Chen (China) | Diana Suárez (Argentina)