Policy lessons on multi-level governance. The EU RIS model in Chilean regions

This study provides evidence of the policy learning process related to the translation and adaptation of a regional policy model to a new context while implementing a mayor process of transference of competences.  Emphasis is put in the process of translation and adaptation of an external regional policy model (the EU RIS scheme) by looking at the different understandings of regional system of innovation through the analysis of regional assessments and proposals for regional innovation strategies designed by Chilean regions. By doing so, this study seeks to identify the critical elements related to capacity building at different level regarding the development of new institutional frameworks and coordination mechanism by considering the agency issues and different regional settings.

The case of Chilean regions is a concrete example from the few experience on adapting European policies in other context. It is also a relevant case regarding the re-configuring of multilevel governance system to support innovation in an emergent and globalized economy. Empirical study is base in document review and content analysis techniques as well as complementary interviews to policy officers. Results shows an increasing autonomy of the regional governments while main policy instruments and resources still keep under central coordination.

Reverse engineering for multilevel governance. Lessons learnt from the application of EU RIS model in Chilean regions
11th Regional Innovation Policies Conference 2016.  
Cardiff University in Wales on the 3 and 4 November 2016
Catalina Terra  – Universidad de Chile  & Cristian Matti – Utrecht University & Climate KIC

Urban specialisation & sustainability transitions

The pattern of specialization in the cities of Transition cities project are analysed through the application of Circos (Krzywinski et al., 2009) data graphics tool for structural studies. The exercise seeks to facilitate the analysis of specialization evidence from patterns in the data.

In the working paper we present a new sociotechnical and systemic approach to urban specialization with a policy focus on challenge-led clusters. Specialization patterns are explored through urban sociotechnical systems where networks and organisations act as “transition arenas” in a policy shift to the meso regime level as a new focus of transformative innovation. It is an alternative to the traditional macro/micro split more attuned to systemic rather than singular innovation, and offers a broader definition of innovation, which highlights social, organisational, and business model novelty.

1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development 28-30 September, Seville
Challenge-led and participatory learning processes to facilitate urban strategies for innovation on low carbon futures
Cristian Matti, Fred Steward and Andreas Huck

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Download the conference presentation here

Network mapping, participatory methods & Urban Socio-Technical systems

Poster IST 2015 MethodsCristian Matti and Fred Steward

Transition cities project

This study provides analytical evidence on new practices to transform the policy agenda in European cities. We carry out a participatory method approach to facilitate a process of mapping socio technical system and enable cities to articulate better their needs and challenges.

We run several rounds of networks analysis based in real projects data gathered in workshops through collaboration between actors and researchers as part of the Transition Cities project funded by the Europe’s Climate-KIC initiative. This exercise illustrates the combination of science and practice in the search of a more coordinated model to signal the market opportunities for co‐creation of low carbon innovative products and services. The preliminary results of this study have been presented in the following academic conference during 2015:

International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2015 – Sustainability Transitions and Wider Transformative Changes: Historical Roots and Future Pathways

University of Sussex, Brighton 24-28 August 2015

Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Research Evaluation and Policy Workshop

Brunel University London, 1-2 October 2015

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC)

IRCRES Rome, 14-16 October 2015

Poster presentation

Transition Cities project of Climate KIC to collaborate in the search of methodologies to facilitate the analysis of opportunities on environmental project from a socio-technical perspective through a co-creative collaboration between actors and researchers (transdisciplinary research).

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

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PICK ME project site

Diverse perspectives on knowledge creation in the Spanish Innovation System

Diverse perspectives on drivers and hampering factors for the creation of knowledge in organizations: an approach to the Spanish Innovation System.

Cristian Matti & Rodrigo Martinez Novo

OLKC 2012  International conference on organizational learning, knowledge and capabilities

Valencia 25/27 April 2012

This Paper was developed as part of the PICK ME project. It was the first exercise on discourse analysis by using Atlas.ti software. We have explored the discussion bettwen scientist, entrepreneurs and government official coming from a debate on system of innovation.

Methodologically, we applied interpretative repertoire to track the connection between different ideas and value systems. The paper reveals some interesting insight on the culture of innovation and the rationale behind the use of policy instruments to foster innovation but especially at regional level

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Link to conference program: http://www.olkc2012.com/detail-program/89.html

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Policies for shaping consumption patterns on energy efficiency

Innovations for sustainability: policy opportunities focused on shaping consumption patterns on energy efficiency

1st Valencian Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity

Valencia 7 – 8 October 2010

This paper was based in one essay from my Msc in SPRU. It is my first attempt to explore the process of diffusion of environmental innovations by focusing in a portfolio of environmental policies. I have applied the concept of eco-innovation to improve the understanding the different ways to influence determinants of consumption pattern but empirically I applied the case of huge US policy portfolio. It was a revealing exercise on policy studies at early stages of my Dphil project.

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