Our Research

EuroLics is the agronym for the European Network of Scholars working on Learning, Innovation and Competence building Systems. A principal objective of EuroLics is to understand local, national and regional systems in Europe in a context of a globalising 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 both within and between organisations 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.

Research within the EuroLics network focuses on themes that are of relevance to the evolving European context characterised by globalisation, the impact of new and emerging technologies, social and demographic change and the challenge of environmental sustainability. Our priority research themes include:

  • Transformative innovation systems and sustainable development
  • Industry 4.0 and the impact of new and disruptive technologies
  • Globalisation and European Innovation Systems
  • Convergence, divergence an inequality within Europe
  • Universities and Innovation Systems