Sustainable innovation (SI) is considered to be a key driver of societal progress in an era of enormous economic, environmental and societal challenges, and the uncertainties and future consequences that come with them. This book provides evidence, insights and reflections related to specific issues of governance, the management of sustainable innovation and applying a multi-level, multi-stakeholder approach to sustainable innovation analysis. Building on the European Commission (EU) funded research project "Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable innovation" (CASI), it presents tools for assessing and managing sustainable innovation, and reflects on SI-related policies as well as citizens' aspirations. The book is intended for scholars in the field of sustainable innovation, as well as to policymakers, innovators, students and citizens.
Mattia Martini is Assistant Professor in Management at the University of Milano-Bicocca and holds a PhD in Information Society from the same university. He has worked as researcher at CRISP - Interuniversity Research Center on Public Services - since 2006. He has participated in different national and European-founded projects related to the governance of labour market services, the human capital development systems and the management of sustainable innovation. His main research interests relate to organization and management, with particular reference to social and personal services in the fields of employment and healthcare, and a focus on human capital and employability development. Recently, his research interests focus on employee welfare services-performance relationship, the role of collaboration for sustainable innovation, and sustainable business models in the agro-food sectors.
Rick Hölsgens works as social scientist at TU Dortmund University (Social Research Center) on topics at the crossroads of social innovation and sustainability research. He has a bachelor degree in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology and master degrees (MA and MSc) in Science and Technology Studies from Maastricht University. In 2016 he obtained his PhD from Groningen University in the area of economic history (dissertation title: Energy Transitions in the Netherlands: Sustainability Challenges in a Historical and Comparative Perspective). His main research interests are sustainability transitions and social innovation, both from a contemporary and historical perspective.
Rafael Popper is Principal Scientist in Business, Innovation and Foresight at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Professor of Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Governance at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia and Honorary Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of the University of Manchester in the UK. He is also Director of Executive Education in Foresight and Sustainable Futures at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS); and Innovation Director and CEO of Futures Diamond Ltd. His main areas of work include 'foresight' as an instrument of innovation policy, the development of foresight and horizon scanning methodology, and the assessment and management of sustainable innovation.
Part I: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Context.- 1. Sustainable Innovation Assessment and Management Framework: Principles, Methodology and Practice.- 2. Sustainable Innovation: Definitions, Priorities and Emerging Issues.- 3. Types of Innovation for Sustainability: The Role of Social Innovations.- Part II: Participatory Governance of Sustainable Innovation.- 4. Exploring the Role of Stakeholder Engagement for the Development of Sustainable Innovation Strategies.- 5. Targeted Forward-Looking Citizen Engagement: The Case of Sustainable Innovation.- 6. Stakeholder Engagement as a Tool to Support Sustainability-Oriented Innovation in the Public Sector.- Part III: Management of Sustainable Innovation.- 7. Fostering Sustainable Innovation: Insights from Three European Food Banks.- 8. Why Sustainable Social Innovations (Do Not) Diffuse? An Alternative View to Social Innovation Dynamics.- 9. An Inductive and Multidimensional Approach to Sustainable Innovation: Evidence from Multiple Case Studies.- 10. Towards a Hybrid Framework for Sustainable Innovation.