Twente Approach to Engaged Science, Technology and Policy Studies

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) generate sites for articulation, contestation, navigation, negotiation, and change in modern societies. STI Studies aim to understand and conceptualize the material, social, intellectual, political and moral dynamics of STI in society. Some STI Studies groups also get involved in the active shaping of technology and innovation. Our department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS) at the University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, ventures to combine theory, critical analysis and active intervention in real-world spaces for articulation and negotiation.

Read our article “Engaged Science, Technology and Policy Studies: The Twente Approach”, by Kuhlmann, S., Konrad, K. E. & Roberts, L. L., Nov 2017, EASST review, 36/3

New book out: Innovation Governance for Emerging Economies

Kuhlmann, S. & Ordóñez-Matamoros, G. (eds.) (2017): Research Handbook on Innovation Governance for Emerging Economies: Towards Better Models, Cheltenham, UK (Edward Elgar), | Elgaronline et al case

Although in recent years some emerging economies have improved their performance in terms of R&D investment, outputs and innovative capacity, these countries are still blighted by extreme poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Hence, emerging countries are exposed to conditions which differ quite substantially from the dominant OECD model of innovation policy for development and welfare. This Handbook contributes to the debate by looking at how innovation theory, policy and practice interact, and explains different types of configurations in countries that are characterized by two contrasting but mutually reinforcing features: systemic failure and resourcefulness. Focusing on innovation governance and public policies, it aims to understand related governance failures and to explore options for alternative, more efficient approaches.