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Thu, 07 Jan



B. Å. Lundvall | Alan Freeman

LECTURE 1: FREEMAN CENTENARY LECTURE 'Innovation System Research and Economic Development ' by Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark. The session is chaired by Professor Alan Freeman, Director - Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG).

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B. Å. Lundvall  |  Alan Freeman
B. Å. Lundvall  |  Alan Freeman

Time & Location

07 Jan 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm GMT



About the Event

Inaugural lecture: FREEMAN CENTENARY LECTURE 'Innovation System Research and Economic Development '

Bengt-Åke Lundvall is professor emeritus in economics at Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University. His research is organized around a broad set of issues related to innovation systems, and learning economies. Lundvall was Deputy Director for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry 1992-95 and he joined Tsinghua University, Beijing 2003-2006 as Special Term Professor. He has been engaged as advisor for international organisations including Unctad and The World Bank as well as for national governments in all parts of the world. He founded Globelics 2001 and he served as its coordinator until 2018. Since 1988, he has published more than 200 publications in the form of books, journal articles, and book chapters (see His two most cited works are:

Lundvall, B.-Å., (ed.) (2010), National Systems of Innovation: Towards a Theory of Innovation and Interactive Learning. London, Anthem.

 Lundvall, B.-Å. and Johnson, B. (1994), 'The Learning Economy', Journal of Industry Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 23-42.

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Chair and discussant:

Alan Freeman is a cultural economist, formerly a principal economist with the Greater London Authority. He is a visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University, and a Research Fellow of Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

He regularly publishes online at Ideas.

With Radhika Desai, he is co-editor of the ‘Future of World Capitalism’ book series, details of which can be found at With Andrew Kliman, he is coeditor of ‘Critique of Political Economy’ (COPE), an online journal of critical economics. This can be found at

He is a committee member of the Association for Heterodox Economics ( and a vice-chair of the World Association for Political Economy.

The works published on Alan Freeman’s sites, unless explicitly stated otherwise, are his own personal views. No imputation explicit or implicit may be drawn that these represent the views of any of the organisations in which he holds office.

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Rajesh G.K. is a development practitioner with twenty-five years of experience in public administration, agricultural technology management and  project management under the Government of India. His experience spans across Project formulation, working with community groups in the decentralised Local Self Governance regime, agricultural extension and administering projects for rural employment generation and poverty alleviation. 

A post graduate in Agricultural sciences, he holds an Mphil in Applied Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (Centre for Development Studies) and PhD from Gandhigram Rural University, India. His research interests include Innovation Systems and diffusion of agricultural technologies. 

He founded Council for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection (CONCEPT), and headed major projects such as drafting the Master Plan for developing silk indistry in North East India and performed the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Indian-silk, with the Oxford University; findings of which formed the basis for 'Higg MSI for silk' developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Rajesh is closely associated with GlobeLics and AfricaLics and serves as a member of the Scientific Board of the latter.

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