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The ‘IN CONVERSATION’ series portray prominent innovation scholars of the day in the form of intellectual-biographical interviews. The third epizode features Raphael Kaplinsky in a deep conversation with Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Time & Location
Last available date
21 Mar, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm GMT

About the Event

The IN CONVERSATION series portrays prominent innovation scholars of the day in the form of intellectual-biographical interviews with other senior scholars.

In the THIRD event RAPHAEL KAPLINSKY will be interviewed by ERIKA KRAEMER-MBULA (on 21 MARCH, 2022). The event will be anchored by JUSTINA ONUMAH

Structure of the program (2 hours split up as follows)

Brief intro to the program and introducing Erika Kraemer-Mbula (Justina Onumah) 5 minutes

i. Introductory remarks by Erika and Raphie is introduced (10 minutes) followed by a conversation between them as follows

ii. Formative years and major influences – (10 minutes)

iii. Contributions, Critique and weakness, Current work & future course – (35 minutes): starting from the important contributions of Raphie, evolving towards a critical evaluation of his work. Then moving on to discussions on what next given the changing circumstances, how the theoretical contributions are relevant in current circumstances etc. It is a platform to convey what they want future generations to take from Raphie and how they can further develop standing on the strong base that was created.

iv. Comment on Status of Innovation Economics and what next? – (10 minutes)

Some of the possible questions could be the following. However the speakers can shape it the way they want it to be!

How did you end up doing research on innovation?
What were your most important contributions to the field?
To what degree have you engaged in teamwork and collective research?
How do you see the relationship between economics and innovation studies?
How do you see the role of innovation policy and innovation politics in development strategies?
How do you see the future for innovation studies?
At what level should we study innovation – micro, meso and macro?
What kind of methods should we use to study innovation and economic development?
What kind of advice would you like to give to young innovation scholars?
What role can innovation play in meeting global challenges?

v. Discussion (1 hour): For the 1 hour discussion a panel of scholars will ask questions or make comments on Raphie’s work. After Raphie’s response to them the forum will be open for questions from the general audience.

Brief Biodata of the speakers