Charles Edquist

Senior Professor, Docent (Habilitation), PhD Degree, Master of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree (Fil. Kand.)

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


  • innovation, innovation studies, innovation policy, system of innovation, procurement, economics of innovation, science policy, technology policy, industrial policy, innovation management, management of innovation, industrial economics, economic growth, economic development, institutional economics, innovation system


I have been the Holder of the Ruben Rausing Chair in Innovation Research at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden, since February 2003 and have previously held a Chair at the University of Linköping. My publications include books and articles on innovation processes, innovation systems and innovation policy. Of these, the edited volumes “Systems of Innovation: Technologies, Institutions and Organizations” (1997), “Small Country Innovation Systems: Globalization, Change and Policy in Asia and Europe” (2008; in 2012 also in Chinese), and my latest “Public Procurement for Innovation” (2015) constitute contributions to the development of the so-called Systems of Innovation (SI) Approach. So does the chapter “Systems of Innovation: Perspectives and Challenges” (2005), in the Oxford Handbook of Innovation.

I have made many contributions to the field of innovation policy and governance of innovation systems, the latest being articles in Science and Public Policy (2015) and R & D Management (2015). That I am among the 50 (or so) most cited innovation researchers (out of 6 – 7 000) in the world is testimony to the impact of my research. My most cited book is on public procurement for innovation. I was given the award for best paper for “Competence Building: A Systemic Approach to Innovation Policy” at the Atlanta Conference of Science & Innovation Policy, Georgia, USA, 26-28 September 2013.

Recent research outputs

Charles Edquist & Jon Mikel Zabala Iturriagagoitia, 2020 Dec, In: Science and Public Policy. 47, 5, p. 595-603 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lars Bengtsson & Charles Edquist, 2020 Nov, CIRCLE, Lund University, 33 p. (CIRCLE Working Paper; vol. 2020, no. 11).

Research output: Working paper

Edquist Charles & Jon Mikel Zabala, 2020, CIRCLE, Lund University, 24 p. (CIRCLE Working Paper; vol. 2020, no. 1).

Research output: Working paper

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