I am a political economist specialising in innovation policy for emerging technologies. I focus on complex innovation systems and policies affecting long-term, transformative, and value-creating technologies at the intersection of clean-tech and artificial intelligence, so-called multi-technology innovation. My work combines insights from innovation studies, public administration, and political economy. Recently, I acted as a consultant on projects related to innovation policy, green technologies, and industrial strategy.
Currently, I am a researcher and PhD candidate at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy at University College London (UCL STEaPP), fully funded by the EPSRC, where I also teach 'Public Administration'. I hold a Bachelor of Science from the London School of Economics and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where I was a member of St. Antony's College. For queries regarding collaboration, consultancy, or details about my CV, please contact me directly.
The main theme of my doctoral research project is 'multi-technology challenges'. These concern issues where socio-economic problems are intended to be solved by technologies, which are in themselves complex compilations of multiple sub-systems. Examples include smart energy, autonomous vehicles, or smart agri-tech. Because such innovations involve multiple stakeholders in large networks and aim at improving life for society, these become political issues as well. Hence, I investigate how policy can coordinate the development and innovation of such multi-tech solutions, making them more efficient and environmentally friendly, accelerating their development, and ultimately, making them more socially beneficial. This work, hence, combines insights from innovation studies, public administration, and political economy.
Enhancing economic prosperity often stands in direct contradiction to promoting environmental sustainability. Coalescing both goals requires a trade-off and a new way of thinking. Investigating how a transition towards sustainability can be achieved in a way that does not vitiate economic prosperity is the goal of this project, which feeds into some of my other research projects. A 'transition' implies a large scale transformation across the economy, with new business models, but also innovative technologies. Both rely on incentive structures and policies that regard this large sustainability transition as a long-term and holistic 'mission'.
A main part of my doctoral research project focuses on analysing the development and innovation of connected autonomous vehicles (CAV). Since CAVs comprise the car technology itself, sensors and infrastructure, but also the aspect of connectivity and communication (with other cars, infrastructure, and other obstacles), this is an ideal example of a multi-technology challenge. I investigate how policy can coordinate the innovation network of autonomous vehicles, including stakeholders that might have different interests, to make the process more efficient, faster, and more beneficial to society. I use a mixed method triangulation approach and provide an in-depth analysis of two cases in Sweden and Singapore.
Innovation is a highly complex phenomenon - complex because it includes many different component parts, such as actors and institutions, with different priorities, that all independently of each other evolve over time. Understanding the structure and the interdependencies of this network is the goal of this project. This is important because before we change such a network, we have to grasp the underlying complexity of it, ensuring that policies only have their intended effect.
The transport sector, in general, and the aviation industry, in particular, are one of the main sources of green house gas emissions responsible for global climate change. In this project, we investigate to what extent a transition to sustainability of the aviation sector is possible, which avenues - technologically and politically - should be pursued, and why the transition scholarship should pay attention to it. I conduct this project jointly with Antoine Habersetzer (Bauhaus Luftfahrt) and Carsten Schwäbe (FU Berlin).
Industrial strategies define the direction into which economies develop - not just their policies, but also technologies and behaviour. This project takes a comparative approach to analyse the industrial strategies of several advanced economies - among others the UK and Germany - to investigate to what extent their policies are environmentally and econmically sustainable, mission-oriented, cross-sectoral, and, therefore, long-term value creating. This project is based on a consulting project for the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).
conferences & workshops
11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference
Vienna (Austria), August 2020
Paper: Designing and Implementing Transitions – Public Administrations in Innovation Systems
Paper: Coordinating Multi-Technology Innovation Systems – Governance of Autonomous Vehicles
Paper: Transitions in the Aviation Industry: a Technology Innovation System Perspective (co-authored)
European Forum for Studies of Politics for Research and Innovation Conference
Utrecht (The Netherlands), June 2020
Paper: Policy Coordination in Innovation Systems - the Role of Public Administrations in Governing Emerging Technologies
5th Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions Conference
Zurich (Switzerland), May 2020
Paper: Governing Multi-Technology Innovation - Policy Coordination Strategies for Autonomous Vehicles
2020 Convention of the International Studies Association
Honolulu (USA), March 2020 (conference cancelled)
Paper: Governing Socio-Technical Innovation Systems - Policy Coordination Strategies for Sustainability
4th International Conference of Public Policy
Montreal (Canada), June 2019
Panel (Chair): The Design and Organisation of Innovation Policy
Paper: Coordinating Multi-Technology Innovation Policy
10th International Sustainability Transitions Conference
Ottawa (Canada), June 2019
Paper: Coordinating Multi-Technology Innovation Towards Sustainability - a Case Study from Sweden
4th Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions Conference
Lisbon (Portugal), May 2019
Paper: Coordinating Multi-Technology Innovation Towards Sustainability - a Case Study from Singapore
Innovation Growth Lab Winter Research Workshop, NESTA
London (UK), December 2018
9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference
Manchester (UK), June 2018
Paper: Policy Capacities for Sustainable Technological Innovation
University Sustainability Alliance Conference, Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin (Germany), April 2018
Poster: Coordination Capacity for Mission-Oriented Innovation
Leadership in Action Workshop, University College London
London(UK), January 2018
Innovation Measuring and Modelling Summer School, Utrecht University
Utrecht (Netherlands), August 2017
Centre of Innovation and Energy Demand Summer School, University of Sussex
Brighton/Falmer (UK), July 2017
Economic Networks Summer School, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Oxford (UK), June 2017
Innovation Growth Lab Global Conference, NESTA
Barcelona (Spain), June 2017
Science Policy Research Unit PhD Forum, University of Sussex
Brighton/Falmer (UK), May 2017
Innovation in the Industrial Strategy Workshop, Royal Academy of Engineering
London (UK), March 2017
Interdisciplinarity and Co-production PhD Workshop, University College London
London (UK), November 2016
European Consortium of Political Research Workshop, King's College London
London (UK), June 2015
Brazilian Association of Political Science Convention
Brasilia (Brazil), August 2014
news & media
founding host for video podcast 'steapp chat'
Our new video-podcast series features collegues from UCL and highlights their research, policy engagement, or consultancy projects across the entire spectrum of digital policy, infrastrucutre, sustainbility, science advice, and more. Check out our Youtube channel!
book recommendation may 2020:
the black swan
Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2010)
New York, US: Random House
In times of a global pandemic, reading about the "impact of the highly improbable" is eye opening and makes you wonder about the world on a whole different level ...