Local Innovation Processes
The projects conducted under this research theme investigate how innovation happens in community-based contexts, focusing particular attention on inclusive, multi-stakeholder innovation processes in under-studied contexts such as rural farming communities and smaller cities and towns. What characterizes processes of innovation in these contexts, and how do these processes differ from the models of innovation used by industry, policymakers, and large development actors?
We explore these questions through studies of inclusive innovation processes across a wide range of geographic and cultural contexts.
Related Publications and Resources
Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies (MIT D-Lab Working Paper, 2018)
From Innovators’ Perspective: Processes of Grassroots Innovation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (Advised MIT Master’s degree thesis, 2016)
Examining processes of inclusive, multi-stakeholder local systems innovation…read more
Documenting processes of local innovation from around the world… read more
Kings’ College London
Circular Design Lab
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG)
USAID’s Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub within the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI)
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