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Wed, 28 Jul



Freeman Projected into the Future: SEMINAR-1

Carlota Pérez | Luc Soete | KJ Joseph | Gabriela Dutrénit | Chipo N Ngongoni | Manuel Gonzalo | Natalia Gras | Kejia Yang |

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Freeman Projected into the Future: SEMINAR-1
Freeman Projected into the Future: SEMINAR-1

Time & Location

28 Jul 2021, 2:30 pm GMT+1



About the Event

SEMINAR-1 of Freeman Projected into the Future

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Seminar organization:

The seminar will take place on July 28th at 2.30 - 3.40 pm GMT+1 (London time). We will be using zoom as our platform to accommodate as many registered participants as possible and to be able to videostream it via youtube as well. Please find below the log-in data.

The seminar will be in a format of informal communication with the following order:

  • Opening session by the KJ Joseph and the editors Gabriela Dutrénit and Judith Sutz (5 minutes)
  • Moderator (Gabriela Dutrénit): question for the authors: what concepts, ideas or recommendations of Chris have impacted your research?
  • Presentations by four junior scholars who contributed to the Special Issue in the following order: Chip Ngongoni, Manuel Gonzalo, Kejia Yang and Natalia Gras (25 min total, 7 min each) – Please find the papers of each one of them attached
  • Moderator (Gabriela Dutrénit): question for the seniors: could you share with us some experiences of interaction with Chris?
  • Carlota Perez & Luc Soete sharing their experience of their interaction with Chris Freeman (15 min, 7 minutes each)
  • Discussion (20 min) – Here the idea is that you can comment on the junior researcher´s papers, ask them question, they can ask you questions and questions from the audience will be incorporated
  • Closing by the Moderator (Gabriela Dutrénit)

The first seminar of the series features four young scholars presenting their views on Christopher Freeman, and four senior scholars reminisce their association with Chris. 

Biographical Notes

Carlota Pérez: British-Venezuelan researcher, lecturer and international consultant, Carlota Perez studies the mutual shaping of technical change and society and the lessons provided by the history of technological revolutions for economic growth and development. In Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), she put forward her theory of the emergence and diffusion of technological revolutions and of the role of finance in the process. Her work has contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development; between technical and institutional change; and between finance and technological diffusion. She is currently working on a sequel, Beyond the Technological Revolution, funded by Anthemis UK, which will analyse the roles that government, business and civil society play in the deployment of the potential of each revolution. She is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London, UK and at SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK; Adjunct Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at TalTech, Estonia. 

Luc Soete: Luc Soete graduated in economics from Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained a DPhil in economics from Sussex University where he worked as senior research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit in the late 70’s and 80’s. From 1984 till 1985 he was visiting associate professor at the Department of Economics at Stanford University, USA. In 1986 he joined the new Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (now called the School of Business and Economics) at Maastricht University as professor of International Economics Relations. In 1988 he set up the research institute MERIT (Maastricht Economic Research centre on Innovation and Technology) which merged under his direction in 2005 with UNU-INTECH to become UNU-MERIT. In 2010 he became Director-Dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance of Maastricht University. He is a member of the Board of the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and the Belgian media company Concentra.

KJ Joseph: Prof K. J. is the President of Globelics and Founding Editor-in-Chief of Innovation and Development published by Taylor and Francis (London),

Earlier positions that he held include Ministry of Commerce Chair Professor at Centre for Development Studies, Visiting Senior Fellow at RIS, New Delhi, Professor Jawaharlal Nehru University, IT Policy Consultant of UNESCAP for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and the Yunnan Province of China, Expert in Innovation studies at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China, selected under the program of search for global experts. He has also been a consultant to UNCTAD.

Gold Medalist of the Calicut University for MA Economics, he earned M Phil and Ph D Degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum) and undertook post doctoral research at Yale University as a Ford Foundation Fellow.

His areas of expertise include science technology and innovation for development with focus on information technology, industry studies especially electronics; FDI, trade, globalization and WTO, regional development with focus on Kerala economy and natural resource based development with focus on plantation agriculture.

Gabriela Dutrénit: Gabriela Dutrénit is an economist with a PhD in Science and Technology Research Studies from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK. She is coordinator of the Master Program in Economics, Management and Policies of Innovation, and the related area of the PhD Social Sciences program at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico. She is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science. She is coordinator of LALICS (Latin American Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems), the Latin American Chapter of GLOBELICS. During 2012-2014 she was Coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Advisory Forum in Mexico. Gabriela Dutrénit’s research interests include: innovation and development, in particular learning and technological capability accumulation at the firm level; university–industry linkages; research and development (R&D) and innovation policy. She has coordinated several evaluations of the Mexican policy of science, technology and innovation.

Chipo N Ngongoni: Looking to the old to understand the new – insight on how Innovation Ecosystems can leverage off Innovation systems

Chipo is currently a Research fellow under the Health Systems and Innovation Hub at Stellenbosch University. She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and also holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Oslo, Norway. Chipo is a versatile Electronic engineer who has a passion for Industry-University relations with a focus on the creation of innovative entrepreneurial environments. Currently, she is using her expertise as a researcher that works in strategically informing, analysing, and facilitating how to create innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems for various contexts.  Her research and personal interests are in innovation management, complex adaptive systems, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems and the psychology behind creating safe innovative spaces.

Manuel Gonzalo: Freeman’s broadening contribution revisited: reasoned-history and systemic innovation policies from South America to the Global South

Manuel Gonzalo graduated with magna cum laude in economics at UBA (Argentina), he has a master’s degree in economics and industrial development from UNGS (Argentina) and a doctoral degree in economics from UFRJ (Brazil). He is researcher-professor at Prodem, IDEI, UNGS (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento), at the school of economics of UNDEC (Universidad Nacional de Chilecito) and at Vice Coordinator of the South Asia working group of CARI (Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales). He mainly does research on innovation and entrepreneurial systems in the global south, focusing on India, Brazil and Argentina. He has given classes and lectures at different universities of Argentina, Brazil and India (UNGS, UNSAM, UNTREF, UNCAUS, UTDT, FLACSO, UFRJ, FIOCRUZ, JNU, etc.) on comparative development, industrial organization, and innovation and entrepreneurial systems. He was visiting researcher at the Center for Development Studies (CDS), JNU, Kerala, India and he is now in process of publishing a book with Routledge titled: "India from Latin America: peripherisation, national system of innovation and demand-led growth". He is part of the Globelics community, having done the Globelics Academy in 2015. More info: Email:

Natalia Gras: STI and Policies for Development: Freeman's Contributions to Thinking Latin America Future

Natalia Gras holds a PhD in Social Sciences, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; a Master in Economics and Innovation Management, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico and an Economics degree from the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the Academic Unit of the Sectorial Commission for Scientific Research of the Universidad de la República, is a member of the National Researchers System of Uruguay (Level 1), GLOBELICS and LALICS.

From the National Innovation Systems approach she has studied various aspects of the processes of knowledge production and its creative application for productive purposes (technological innovation) and for social purposes (innovation oriented to social inclusion), its contribution to development and the role of STI policies. More recently, she has advanced the study of the relationship between research assessment and differential forms of knowledge production.

She has participated in multiple research projects and has disseminated her results in congresses, book chapters and scientific articles and has taught several courses on: i) the relationships between Science, Technology, Innovation and Development; ii) Economics of Innovation; iii) Research Design and Methods.

Kejia Yang: Innovation, Development and Sustainability: Inspirations of Freeman’s Economics of Hope

Dr Kejia Yang is currently a visiting researcher at the Institutes of Science and Development, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. She is also an associate fellow of the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School, the UK, from where she got her doctoral degree. Her doctoral research focuses on low-carbon energy transition, solar and wind power development in China. Her general interests lie in transformative innovation, the role of innovation policy for achieving SDGs and the required organisational change and institutional changes.

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