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    New Paper: Analyzing intermediary organisations and their influence on upgrading in emerging agricultural clusters.

    In this paper we critique the notion that introducing intermediaries organisations with public private governance into agribusiness clusters in developing countries will necessarily make these clusters innovative and inclusive so that growth benefits all. Intra-cluster governance plays an important role in determining the influence that different organisations will have. Paper available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308518X17741316    

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    8 projects in Colombian regions engaging with policy makers on transformative innovation supported by SPRU-Colciencias.

    A new chapter was written in the SPRU Colciencias partnership with the signing of an agreement to support the development of transformative regional innovation policy in Colombia.  The project involves mentoring 8 different engagement initiatives in different parts of Colombia. SPRU works with Colombian academic teams who in turn engage with regional policy makers  to support new ways of developing regional science and technology policies. The project will culminate with the writing of a Policy Guide for transformative innovation that will be launched in June 2108 in Bogota .The topics of the groups are the following:  Gastronomia “slow food” o comida lenta en la región del Atlántico. Evaluación de impacto…

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    Blog based on speech given at Wilton Park on event on “Research Collaboration to Drive Innovation”: UK Latin America partnerships (WP1486). 16th – 18th November 2016.

    [dropcap1]T[/dropcap1]here are reasons to think that a structural road based on a shift to manufacturing will figure much less prominently in the future of Latin America. In addition to growth of China, Cambodia, Vietnam, manufacturing requires higher skills and capital intensity and is less likely to absorb labour (Rodrick 2013). Sustained growth is therefore more likely to depend on what happens at home rather than simply importing technology. The challenge is therefore to design an economic architecture that respects the domestic priorities of individual countries while ensuring that major cross-border spillovers and global public goods are addressed. This requires steady accumulation of skills and human capital, education, health, tax policy,…

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    SPRU faculty conduct successful training event for Colciencias in Bogota

    Between April 18 and 22nd 2016, five members of SPRU  faculty travelled to Bogota to work with staff from Colciencias to support their newly formed group on Science, Technology and Innovation policy. The main topics discussed were 3rd frame innovation policy and transitions, grassroots innovation, inclusive innovation and evaluation. I spent a day presenting and discussing inclusive innovation and there was lots of involvement and examples from the group participants. I look forward to further collaboration within the framework of the SPRU/Colciencias agrement on training for Science, Technology and Innovation policy.