Latin America


The study of science, technology and innovation in Latin America is underpinned by the principle that economic growth has to be associated with inclusion and social progress and the exploitation of its rich natural resources to a sustainable environment and positive outcomes for its people . I have undertaken research projects in Peru, Chile and Colombia and from 2o16 have been involved in a collaboration between Colciencias (science and  technology unit of the Colombian government) and SPRU to develop and evaluate science and technology policy in Colombia. Below are some of the projects I have worked on and titles of relevant papers I have written or co-authored.

A framework for inclusive innovation of producer capabilities based on social networks

We present a framework with which to diagnose and understand how network structures can influence inclusive innovation within clusters. It relies on the two basic features of social networks, cohesion and diversity, to discuss inclusion and presents the results of two case studies: See  

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A discussion of intermediaries for the development of emerging agricultural clusters

This paper is based on a research that highlights the critical role played by service intermediaries in the adoption and diffusion of innovations by small producers  in the mango clusterin the Piura region of Peru. A taxonomy of intermediation is presented that emphasizes the competencies of intermediaries in emerging clusters. See publication: Clarke, I and Ramirez, […]

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Inclusive innovation and networks of berry producers in Chile

The Ministry of agriculture of Chile asked a group of SPRU researchers to undertake a study of inclusive innovation of small berry producers supplying multinational buyers in the south of Chile. We use social network analysis to study networks of small producers and highlight the importance of public investment in science, technology and its link […]

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