Innovation policy can contribute to more than jobs and economic growth. Challenge-driven innovation policy aims to solve societal challenges such as climate change. The Swedish Transformative Innovation Policy Platform (STIPP) aims to advance our understanding of the dynamics and governance of challenge-driven innovation processes.
Researchers at Linköping University will study challenge-driven innovation for smart cities and urban transformation. Cities are central to societal transformations in many sectors. The energy and transport sectors are very important for climate change mitigation, and many of the changes in these sectors will influence cities. Urban transformation requires not only new technologies but also new infrastructures, new business models, and new practices of energy use and transportation. Local governments are important players in these changes, but innovation policy has traditionally targeted companies. STIPP will increase our understanding of the role of local governments in challenge-driven innovation.
STIPP is led by researchers at Lund University. Partners from Linköping University and the Jönköping International Business School will focus on smart cities, while researchers at Lund University and the Chalmers University of Technology will study the transformation toward a bio-based economy.
More information, including participants from other universities, is available on the STIPP homepage.
The platform is funded by Vinnova from 2017 to 2022.