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Innovation and society

7.5 credits

The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences as an interdisciplinary single–subject course at the doctoral studies level. The language of instruction is English.

About the course

Course period:
10 June - 14 June
Application deadline: 25 May 2024

Overview of the course

This course identifies and goes beyond the rhetoric of innovation as entrepreneurship and the solving of technical problems, to investigate what innovation is beyond the firm and how innovation impacts society – and vice versa. The course provides a critical introduction to innovation as a process and as a strategy used by private as well as public sector organizations to achieve their goals. The course emphasizes the intended and unintended impacts of innovation on societies, by analyzing the social and geographical distribution of innovation’s consequences, potential conflicts between goals, and the challenges and opportunities for governance. The course uses a multi-level approach to innovation, linking macro level processes, institutions and technological advancement to local practices, outcomes and experiences at actor-level. The course invites doctoral students to engage with their own field of research within the course’s framework, regardless of their disciplinary background.


Preliminary Schedule:

 Monday 10Tuesday 11Wednesday12Thursday 13Friday 14

Introductions, Teacher Panel and Conceptual Clarity: Innovation 101

Josephine Rekers


Theme 2: Geography of Innovation and Uneven Development

Rhiannon Pugh


Theme 4: Innovation Governance

Mart Laatsit


Theme 6: Workplace Innovation

Chris Mathieu


Outlook and Student Panel
12-1330Lunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch break 

Theme 1: Public Sector Innovation

Katja Lindquist


Theme 3: Technologies and Work

Magnus Andersson


Theme 5: Justice and Sustainability Transitions in the Global South

Stuti Halder


Time to prepare Student panels