Since 1988, UNU-MERIT and its predecessors have addressed the topics of technological change, innovation and economic development. More recently, with the inclusion of the School of Governance, this perspective has widened to include both governance and institutions.
In 2014, it will be 25 years since the launch of UNU-INTECH, one of the predecessors of UNU-MERIT, 26 years since the establishment of the MERIT institute, and 9 years since the School of Governance first opened its doors.
To mark this quarter century of UNU in Maastricht, and to provide an outlook for the next 25 years, UNU-MERIT will organize an international conference, “Future perspectives on innovation and governance in development”, from 26-28 November 2014. The conference will feature a number of thematic parallel sessions and a plenary programme including speakers who have played a key role in the institute’s evolution.
Please send proposals for the parallel sessions by 30 April 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts should be a maximum of one page. Decisions about the abstract submissions will be communicated before 31 May 2014. A limited number of travel grants for scholars under the age of 40 and working in low-income countries are available. Please indicate in the abstract submission if you would like to be considered for such a grant.
Paper proposals are welcome in all of UNU-MERIT’s seven research themes:
1.The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2.Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation
3.Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
4.Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
5.Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy
6.Migration and Development
7.Governance and Learning in ICT-enabled Communities
PhD alumni from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance are particularly invited to submit abstracts and join the conference. A part of the conference programme will involve a (social) event for these alumni. More details will follow shortly on our event page.