International Conference on Regional Triple Helix Dynamics


Judith Terstriep economist and senior researcher at the Research Unit «Innovation, Space & Culture» at IAT, has longstanding experience in innovation, cluster and network research with a specific focus on regional/sector studies, evaluation and policy advice. Her research interests involve the interplay of innovation, (social) relations and knowledge from the perspective of innovation, management and spatial theory. Focal areas of work cover regional development including smart and inclusive growth, innovation strategies, social innovation, sector/regional and firm-level analysis, and benchmarking. As part of her research a broad mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies is applied covering innovation biographies, surveys, expert interviews, moderated group discussions, network analyses. Judith Terstriep has been involved the development and evaluation of cluster strategies including policy advise, cross clustering and cluster networking across Europe. In the framework of her PhD thesis she studied the role of clusters for firms’ innovativeness. Well experienced in European joint projects (e.g. NICE, FP6; ELMOs, FP7; ACHIEVE More, CIP), she currently coordinates the FP7-SSH project «SIMPACT – Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings». She is member of the Continuous Innovation Network (CINET), the TCI Research Community and the Regional Innovation Policies network.

Marina RangaSenior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University. Marina Ranga holds a PhD and MSc in Science and Technology Policy studies from SPRU, Sussex University, UK, and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. She joined Stanford as Faculty Research Fellow of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2009-2010) and subsequently became a Senior Researcher at the Human Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR). Prior to Stanford, she was Assistant Professor in Innovation Management at Newcastle University, UK and Groningen University, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University New York, Department of Technology and Society, and Sussex University, School of Business, Management and Economics (UK). Dr. Ranga’ s research interests include national and regional innovation systems, policies and strategies, Triple Helix interactions and the evolution of the entrepreneurial university, the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Areas and integration with national/regional research and education policies, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Expert Group on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies and of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development. She is also a consultant for the European Commission (DG Research, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Education, DG Regio) in several initiatives: PRO INNO TrendChart, ERAWATCH Research Inventory and Intelligence Services, METRIS – Analysis of Social Sciences and Humanities in EU27, European Observatory of Research Universities and Funding Agencies in EU27, evaluation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy of the European Union, State Aid for RDI, ERALAW, Regional Innovation Monitor. She led or contributed to various research projects for the European Commission, the OECD (Regional Competitiveness Initiative of Investment Compact for South East Europe), national and regional governments (e.g. Lithuania, Northeast and Southeast England, Northern Netherlands, Flemish government, etc.) and government agencies, e.g. the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Paul Benneworth is a senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente. From 1996 to 2009 he held a series of research positions at Newcastle University in the UK, focusing on innovation and regional economic development, and in particular, the relationship between universities and innovative regional development. His research at Twente focuses on the relationship between universities and society, the ways in which universities’ and societies’ development processes interact, and the implications for territorial development policy. He has undertaken a range of basic research, applied research and consultancy projects for a range of clients and funders, including the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, the Norwegian Research Council, the Humanities in the European Research Area ERANET consortium, the OECD, UNESCO, the UK’s National Endowment for Science and Technology and the Arts (NESTA), various government Ministries, charities and smaller clients. He has been involved in a range of evaluations of economic development programmes and the related roles of universities, including regional technology/ innovation strategies, and Structural Funds Objective 2 programmes. He was co-author of the 2007 OECD report Higher Education and regions: globally competitive, regionally engaged, author of the forthcoming Universities and socially excluded communities. He was the National Expert for the OECD 2014 Review of Innovation Policy in the Netherlands, and in 2013 worked as an expert for DG RESEARCH on developing a smart specialisation strategy for Slovakia. He was academic expert adviser to the OECD Regional Innovation Strategies project, he is the European Regional Expert on community engagement for the UNESCO Global Universities Network for Innovation, and was a visiting professor at Central Queensland University in Universities and community engagement (2011-14)

Philip Cooke was until July, 2014 University Research Professor in regional economic development (1991) and founding director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. He was formerly (2005-2010) also Adjunct Professor in Development Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. In 2013-2014 he was appointed Research Professor at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. In 2014 he was appointed part-time Professor at the Center for Innovation, UC Bergen, Norway where he is also adviser to the FORFI project. With Center colleagues he is editor of “European Planning Studies” a prominent spatial analysis and policy journal (SSCI 1.25). His research interests lie in studies of Evolutionary Complexity Theory, Regional Innovation Systems and Green Innovation, having done studies of such Clusters and Networks. In 2012 he published “Complex Adaptive Innovation Systems” (Routledge) and in 2013 he edited “Reframing Regional Development” (Routledge)