The Master’s Programme in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development enables you to pursue careers both at national and international institutions working on economic development and innovation, such as the European Union, OECD, World Bank, WTO, NGOs, governments and central banks, multinational companies and consulting firms.
In this programme you will be provided with the theory, concepts and methods to analyse and better understand the role of innovation in economic, social and sustainable development. The unique focus on spatial dynamics and economic history enables you to gain insights on how the areas of development and innovation interplay, evolve and shape the economy in different regions and periods of time.
Innovation is fundamental in the process of economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. Grand challenges such as those that we are contemporary facing; climate change, food security or poverty alleviation, require new technical solutions, new social configurations, new economic models and eventually, new socio-economic and technical transformations.
At the macro-economic level, long growth waves can be explained by technological revolutions that change industrial structures and shape political economies. They are characterized by new actors, new constellations of networks and new institutions that shape new technological paradigms. At micro level, these processes are shaped by the behavior of entrepreneurs and other organizations in continuous learning process.
But innovation is not only about the grand revolutions and the long wave changes. It is also about the diffusion of those innovations and incremental changes that yield economic, social and environmental benefits for society. In this course you will learn the dynamics of both macro and micro economics of innovation. You will get insights into how innovations are shaped by history in a path-dependent way as well as by the spatial context. You will learn about the linkages between innovation and capability building and economic, social and sustainable development over time and space.
The programme draws on frontline research in the field of economic geography and the economics of innovation. Some of the key topics covered are innovation for sustainable development, economics of innovation, energy and sustainability.
Double degree option with Aalborg University
Students enrolled in this programme will have an opportunity to compete for acceptance to a double degree with Aalborg University. Both Lund University and Aalborg University excel in research on innovation and development worldwide.