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 sustainable development. My main research interests are on globalization of innovation -particularly global innovation networks- and system transformation 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 transformations in a global context.

In more recent times, I have taken a special interest in the process of transformation from unsustainable to sustainable systems, when systems are globally connected. My leading questions are what might enable the direction and geographical scale of the transformation and how can sustainability transformations be accelerated. The latter is paramount if we consider the urgency of the challenges our planet is facing today. 

Currently I am focused on innovative practices combining novel ways to acquire income, with social equity and nature conservation in critical regions. Critical regions are regions around the world whose fast transformation is particularly important worldwide. This is because they are particularly vulnerable to global unsustainable human action (for example, Small Island Development States), or because they have a high impact on the transformation of world systems (for example, the Amazon basin) or particular subsystems (for example, food production or consumption).


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

Monica Plechero, Mandar Kulkarni, Cristina Chaminade & Balaji Parthasarathy, 2020 Jun 17, In: Industry and Innovation. Online first

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