Transformative Innovation

Transformative Innovation is an approach to innovation that argues that radical transformations towards achieving a sustainable society are required to address some of the most chronic and persistent problems facing contemporary societies including climate change, inequality, poverty, loss of bio-diversity, health crises and pressures of urban living. Transformative Innovation argues that new development paths are required to achieve better balances between sustainable production and consumption and human well-being.

Much of my research in Transformative Innovation has been in relation to Latin America and has taken place through the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) – – that was set up at SPRU in 2016. TIPC represents a group of science, technology and innovation researchers, policymakers and funding agencies working together to give substance to a new framing for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy – that addresses global societal challenges, as encapsulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  TIPC is a five-year programme focused on policy experimentation, evaluation, capacity building and research agenda development.

Video on the role of Transformative Innovation Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals:

Explaining Transformative Innovation in Spanish:



The Green Book or Libro Verde, was published as a strategic policy document by Colciencias in 2018, that set out how science and technology policy can work to help meet the sustainable development goals using a transformative innovation policy approach. This document emerged from a collaboration between SPRU headed by Matias Ramirez

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BLOG: Colombia, the SDGs, the Green Book and Transformative innovation – A reflection

This page has links to all the presentations and documents used for a training event for the Consultative forum for science and technology in Mexico held in 2018 funded by the British Council in Mexico
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Short video in Spanish explaining TIPC based on an interview in Mexico in 2017. Click the image for video preview.

This is a link to a document written in 2018 with Ana Stival, Johan Schot and Oscar Romero on the contribution of the Brazilian research system to the Sustainable Development Goals
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