Northern theories for Southern contexts?

Over the last two years, I have thought a lot about the use of ‘Western’ scientific theoretical frameworks to analyse phenomenon in the developing world. This question has been particularly relevant for me as an African student, studying African innovation in a European university, and mingling largely with European scholars throughout my doctoral work. Much […]

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 […]

STEPS Centre Summer School 2014

Two weeks of a thought provoking and intense summer school have left me excited, and intellectually invigorated. I was fortunate to take part in this year’s STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, held from 12-23 May 2014. The STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a think tank launched in 2006 by the […]

Innovation and the Luxury Fever

I recently read Robert Frank’s book Luxury Fever – Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess (1999) after a particularly enlightening course on consumption theory. This was one of those courses that made me rethink some previously held philosophies about consumption, capitalism and even innovation. Among other topics, the professor talked briefly […]