Charles and co-authors present two papers at EU-SPRI Conference in Utrecht, June 1 – 3, 2022

Utrecht, photo credit: Markus Tacker | cc

This year’s Eu-SPRI conference ( will explore future directions for studies of research and innovation with a specific emphasis on future challenges for STI policy research. Charles will present the following papers:

  • With Lars Bengtsson: “Functional public procurement for low-carbon innovations in the Swedish municipal sector”. A main objective is to increase empirical knowledge in the field.
  • With Mart Laatsit: “From the Systems of Innovation Approach to a General Theory of Innovation: Do Activities and Functions Reflect what Happens in Innovation systems”. The preliminary Table of Contents of the paper is:

1.         Introduction   

2.         Definitions     

2.1.      Innovation      

2.2.      System of innovation 

3.         Activities and functions in systems of innovation

3.1.      Examples of lists of activities/functions     

3.2.      How do different authors define activities/functions?

3.3.      What is the rationale/purpose of different authors to specify activities/functions?

3.4.      Comparing three of the lists of activities/functions

4.         Conclusions   

4.1.      Detailed bullet point summary and conclusions    

4.2.      General conclusions: towards a general theory of innovation  

Appendix: Which activities/functions do the different lists contain?