The Study of Innovation and Sustainability… What about Politics, Economics and Culture?

“Sustainability” is a notion that is hotly debated across academic and non-academic arenas. What does this term mean? The term has its origins within environmental movements, thus the common layman understanding that sustainability is synonymous with ‘green’. Over time however, the connotations of the term have evolved to incorporate economic and political overtones. Many conceptualisations of sustainability exist now across […]

Making Head or Tail of Academic Conferences

For any doctoral student or senior professor, conferences are an important part of academic life. They give you an opportunity to market your work and carve out a niche for yourself among your peers, get feedback on work in progress, build networks with potential employers or collaborators – basically put your name and profile out […]

Halfway Through!

After such an inadvertently long blogging hiatus, I’m back. The last two months of my life have been haphazard, with some deadlines, some travel and some disillusionment. That is where the true test of blogging consistency comes… I’m now exactly halfway through my doctoral studies. Another existential crisis has set in. Actually, it seems like these crises […]

Latest book acquisitions

I now own a personal copy of Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter’s book “An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change”. I feel like I have officially recruited myself into the world of evolutionary economics, or at least, an evolutionary perspective on technological change. Hopefully their ‘appreciative theorising’ gives me clearer insight on the economic and sociological aspects […]

Inclusive innovation

Two truths about innovation: it directly contributes to economic development positively. However, innovation can also inhibit equitable development, at least in the short term. How does innovation lead to development? We create better products, put them on the market, and if they appeal to consumers, they will adopt them to substitute older, inefficient products. Competition […]

Africa economic renaissance!?

When I signed up to study economics of innovation, I never knew how emotionally draining the process would be. I really didn’t appreciate before how much more African countries need to do to ‘develop’. I didn’t even really understand what it meant to ‘raise living standards’. We know the usual rundown: dilapidated transport infrastructure, over […]