Policy Incentives for the Creation of Knowledge: Methods and Evidence (PICK-ME)

The ongoing global economic crisis is seriously challenging advanced capitalistic economies. In the last year the GDP has fallen at dramatic rates, creating the conditions for the upsurge of unemployment, above all in areas characterized by specialization in mature industries. According to recent growth models and empirical evidence, innovation and knowledge creation represent the main factors able to improve the competitiveness and the long run perspectives of growth of countries. Yet, innovation and technology policies have mainly been designed by relying on a supply side perspective so as to affect the creation of knowledge by providing funds to carry out R&D activities and by enhancing education and training for researchers. However, a debate has recently emerged, about the need for grafting innovation and technology policies in a demand-oriented framework.
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The aim of this project is to provide an original contribution to the ongoing debate, advancing the understanding of the mechanisms through which demand-based innovation policies may stimulate effective knowledge creation process, and eventually trigger competitiveness and productivity growth. To this purpose, the research activity will consist of both theoretical models and empirical analyses, the results of which should be able to inform the policy design process. We shall distinguish between public and private demand for both final and intermediate goods and services and will analyze their effects on the generation, diffusion and exploitation of technological knowledge by articulating the research activity on different dimensions (regional, sectoral and institutional). The research activity will be conducted by pursuing a great deal of multidisciplinarity and combining a number of diverse methodologies. The results of the analyses will in turn provide the basis upon which a taxonomy of demand-oriented technology policies may be elaborated.
Last and not least, my Dphil research project was the main input of the proposal for the study on Spanish wind energy sector included in PICK ME. Thus, the resulted project has provided an excellent academic environment to explore, validate and improve my research project.
Last presentation available here

GreeIN smallGroup of Research on Energy and Environmental Innovation (GreeIN)

 

PICK ME project site

UNFCC and Climate Change mitigation measures in Argentina

Second National Communication of the Argentina to the United Nation Convention for the Climate Change

The project was a mayor advance for Argentina in term of the design and evaluation of technological and non-technological measures to mitigate the effect of climate change. It was funded by the World Bank and supervised by experts of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and delegates of United Nation Convention for the Climate Change (UNFCC).

This project was my first multidisciplinary experience. I joined multidisciplinary teams of architect, engineers, and geographers, GIS experts and sociologist to explore different projects and policy measures in two exiting areas: transport and energy efficiency in building. I have learnt a lot on methodologies for project evaluation and estimation of CO2 emissions but I also got a critical view of the economist in this kind of analysis.
The experience boosted my enthusiasm to learn more on multi-inter-trans and cross disciplinary studies on climate change. It was the seed and then, I started to think in Europe.

UNFCC website – Full document (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in Transportation (Spanish)

Study on mitigation measures in energy efficiency (Spanish)

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