Josef Taalbi

Josef Taalbi

Senior lecturer, Associate Professor

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My main research interest lies in the study of endogenous innovation and technological change in the long 20th century (1890-2010). Parts of this work has been to construct and further develop a Swedish innovation output database (Sjöö, Taalbi, Kander, Ljungberg, 2014). My research seeks to combine micro and macro analysis and statistical and qualitative information from innovation biographies to study the driving forces of technological and structural change. The dynamics of the evolution of innovations is studied in a long-run perspective through focusing on innovation networks, technological systems and development blocks.


My teaching experience spans undergraduate and master level courses in general economic history, innovation, environmental history, quantitative methods and general historical methodology. I am currently the course convenor of the master course Economics of Innovation and bachelor course Technological and Social Change. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Free keywords

  • innovation and industrial dynamics
  • network analysis
  • complexity economics


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