The analysis of learning, innovation and competence building systems is at the heart of EuroLics. A principal objective of EuroLics is to understand local, national and regional systems in Europe in a context of a globalising learning economy and to embed implications more clearly in research and policy discussions. The perspectives reflecs basic assumptions derived from research within innovation studies:
Learning and interaction are seen a key to successful innovation and development: process and outcome are often inseparable and this needs to be built into analysis and policy work.
Local context matters: highly abstract analysis or policy that ignores the specificities of particular environments can only be of limited use in understanding and promoting innovation and development
Innovation goes beyond R&D: successful innovation often requires a mix of experience-based learning and learning from research and development activities. Social, organisational and institutional change is often needed to realise the potential of new technologies.
The research activities of EuroLics are organised around four main themes:
- Sustainable innovation
- University-industry interaction
- Global Value chains and innovation systems
- Inclusive innovation