Special Issues

The Globelics Secretariat has developed two journal special issues with selected important Globelics themes and papers.


Innovation and Development Special Issue Open Access

Special Issue: Innovation in natural resource-based industries: a pathway to development?

Despite growing academic attention to the relationship between economic development and natural resources in social sciences, the issue has received rather limited attention in the field of Innovation Studies. This is problematic given the centrality of innovation and technological change for growth and development. Against this background, this introductory article aims to make four contributions. First, to assess the extent to which Innovation Studies has analysed the link between natural resources and development. Second, based on recent studies of innovation in natural resource-based industries (NRBIs), we elaborate on and articulate an innovation and industry perspective on the relationship between natural resources and development. In this, we foreground the particularities of innovation in NRBIs. Third, we explore policy implications of the specificities of innovation in NRBIs. It matters greatly for design and choice of policy instruments in support of innovation and development whether and how innovation in NRBIs differ from innovation in other industries. Lastly, we introduce the papers constituting this special issue and propose avenues for further research.

Journal Innovation and Development
Volume 8, 2018 – Issue 1: Learning and Innovation in Natural Resource Based Industries
Allan Dahl Andersen, Anabel Marìn & Erlend O. Simensen

African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development

Special Issue: Innovation Research and Economic Development in Africa

In many African countries the demand for skills is weak especially in the private sector, and the weak demand reflects in low rates of innovation (Diyamett and Musambya 2014). This situation requires governments’ intervention in terms of policies, which in turn requires a better understanding of how the capacity to innovate can be stimulated. This special issue brings together a number of articles that seek ultimately to contribute to this understanding.

Special issue of the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Volume 6, Issue 5, 2014. Special Issue: Innovation Research and Economic Development in Africa.

Rasmus Lema has compiled the special issue. Bengt-Åke Lundvall and Rasmus Lema from the Globelics secretariat have contributed to the issue with the following articles:

Adebowale, B., Diyamett, B., Lema, R., & Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, B. (2014). Innovation research and economic development in AfricaAfrican Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development6(5), v-xi.

Lundvall, B-Å., & Lema, R. (2014). Growth and structural change in Africa: development strategies for the learning economyAfrican Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development,6(5), 455-466.

Innovation and Development Special Issue Open Access

Special Issue: Low Carbon Innovation and Development

It is increasingly accepted that mitigation in developing countries needs to be combined with economic and social development. Many developing countries have a wealth of renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, geothermal, and hydropower that present new horizons of opportunity for social and economic development while being used to forster energy. The ‘innovation and development’ research community has been influential in this debate about synergies between climate change and broader policy goals.

Special issue of Routledges Innovation and Development, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2015. Special Issue: Low Carbon Innovation and Development.

Available, with open access here

Rasmus Lema has lead the process of compiling the special issue. Edited by Rasmus Lema in colaboration with Michiko Iizuka (UNU-Merit) and Rainer Walz (Fraunhofer). Rasmus Lema, Allan Dahl Andersen and Björn Johnson from the Globelics Secretariat have contributed to the issue with the following articles:

Lema, R., Iizuka, M. & Walz, R. (2015). Introduction to low-carbon innovation and development: insights and future challenges for research. Routledges Innovation and Development, Volume 5, Issue 2, 173-187.

Andersen, A.D. & Johnson, B. (2015). Low-carbon development and inclusive innovation systems. Routledges Innovation and Development, Volume 5, Issue 2, 279-296.

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