Individual Paper: Universities role in innovation systems from a degrowth perspective
What challenges does the concept of degrowth present for how universities engage in 'innovation'?Universities increasingly - and are increasingly expected to - contribute to economic growth. Theory about regional and national innovation systems posit certain dynamic relationships between academia/science, government, and industry that mobilise resources and knowledge, produce technologies, and contribute to economic development. However, problems such as climate change and the unsustainability of social-ecological systems due to human activity are increasingly on the agenda of 'social problems' innovation and innovative actors are supposed to solve. In this paper i argue that such innovation systems are not fit for purpose, one reason for which is their assumption of growth = good, always. Current theory about how innovation systems work thus show a reality in which innovation systems are set in opposition to a future without growth, and this is discussed in light of the concept of degrowth.
Start time: 11:30
Room: ABF (206)
Track: Organisational and Organising Practices