Loet Leydesdorff and the Triple Helix

  • Has worked in the field of the philosophy of science, social network analysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation. His studies in communication in science, technology, and innovation enabled him to specify theory and methods for understanding the dynamics of knowledge-based development.
  • Can “The Public” Be Considered as a Fourth Helix in University-Industry-Government Relations? | Loet Leydesdorff & Henry Etzkowitz
    Institutional arrangements of university-industry-government relations raise political questions because the public/private divide tends to be reconstructed within these networks. The institutional questions resound with concerns about the new technologies (e.g., genetically-modified food) and globalization. The discussions at the Fourth Triple Helix Conference in Copenhagen focused on the role of the university in shaping new innovation environments like the Oresund region that recently was created by the bridge between Sweden and Denmark. The conference concluded that competing policies at different levels can provide a rich selection environment for both entrepreneurial initiatives and public participation. The formulation of public demand for technological innovations may help to stimulate the transition to an increasingly knowledge-based economy. Heuristics for using the Triple Helix model in empirical research efforts are specified.
  • The Seventh International Triple Helix Conference (Triple Helix VII) to be held from 17-19 June 2009 at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

    The theme for Triple Helix VII – “The role of Triple Helix in the Global Agenda of Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability” – reflects the interaction between academia, the private and the public sector. The Conference will provide a platform for:

    •  show-casing best-practice
    • exploring new models for knowledge transfer and exchange
    • analysing the complex roles of universities in regional and national development
    • appraising the success of the third mission of universities; and
    • visioning the future of triple helix alliances in the context of the global agenda for sustainable development.

(tags: project:smartcities conference glasgow knowledge business communications research 2009 policy)


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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