Cristina Chaminade

Professor, PhD in Economics

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Economics


  • Innovation Studies, sustainable development, transformations towards sustainability, Innovation systems, Innovation policy


My main area of expertise is in the interplay between innovation and development. My main research interests are on globalization of innovation -particularly global innovation networks- and innovation systems in developing countries. Throughout the years I have had the opportunity of doing research in China, India, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil, among others.  In my research, I have been mainly interested in how firms, regions and nations create and use knowledge for innovation when knowledge is globally distributed, and how policies can be designed to support innovation in a global context.

In more recent times, I have taken a special interest in investigating the positive and negative relationship between innovation and sustainable development. I am profoundly concerned about the impact that our patterns of production and consumption are having on the environment particularly in terms of biodiversity loss. Bringing together insights from ecological economics and innovation studies, I am investigating the emergence and development of social-ecological innovations and its relationship with institutional change and system transformation. 


Director of the Master programe in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development at Lund University (former Innovation and Spatial Dynamcis).

Currently teaching Economics of Innovation, Innovation for Sustainable Development and Globalization of Innovation.

Experience teaching at all university levels (undergraduate and postgraduate – Master and PhD) and covering a wide variety of topics from general Economics to specific courses in innovation and in research methodology. Taught at several universities (Sweden, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Vietnam) and to a great variety of students and groups (academics, policy makers and practitioners). Teaching  in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


I have been advisor of international organizations such as the European Commission, UNCTAD, OECD and UN-ECLAC and published in international journals, refereed books and handbooks in the fields of innovation, development studies and knowledge management like Research Policy, Industry and Innovation, World Development, Innovation and Development and European Planning Studies. 

I am an elected member of the Board of Globelics - the "Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems"  and editor of the Intl. Journal "Innovation and Development".

I have been guest professor/researcher at the Univ. of Florence (2017), Western Sydney University (2015), Human Sciences Research Concil (HSRC) in Cape Town (2011), Gordon Institute of Business Science at Univ. of Pretoria (2011), Norwegian Academy of Sciences (2007, 2008), the German Developmen Institute (2007), HHL Business School Leipzig (2003-2013), SPRU and Centrim, Univ. of Sussex and Brighton University (2004), the Norwegian School of Management (2001) and Uppsala University (2000).  

Professional work

I have been the head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer unit at the Entrepreneurial Association of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Spain between 1996-1998. My main role was advising small and medium size companies in their innovation projects.  

Recent research outputs

Cristina Chaminade, Lundvall, B-Å. & Haneef, S., 2018, Edward Elgar Publishing. (Advanced Introductions)

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