Isabel Bodas Freitas

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions

Isabel M. Bodas Freitas is associate professor of technology and innovation management at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She did her 5-year undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. She received her from MSc. and PhD in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex, UK. After completing her PhD, Isabel has been a post-doc researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Her main research interests include the management and economics of innovation, with particular emphasis on the strategic process of knowledge development and diffusion in different organizational and industry contexts. Her research also explores university-industry links, open innovation, renewable energy and innovation policy.




Selected publications by Isabel Bodas Freitas


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Roberto Fontana, 2018, Formalized problem-solving practices and the effects of collaboration with suppliers on a firm’s product innovation performance, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 35(4): 565-587, More information
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Bart Verspagen, 2017, The motivations, institutions and organization of university-industry collaborations in the Netherlands, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 27: 379-412, More information
Castellaci, F., Isabel Bodas Freitas, F. Malerba, Roberto Fontana & A. Vezzulli, 2017, Sectors and the additionality effects of R&D tax credits: A cross-country microeconometric analysis, Research Policy, 46(1): 57-72
Geuna, A., F. Rossi & Isabel Bodas Freitas, 2014, Collaboration objectives and the location of the university partner: Evidence from the Piedmont region in Italy, Papers in Regional Sciences, 93(S1): S203-S226
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, A. Geuna & F. Rossi, 2013, The Governance of University-Industry Knowledge Transfer: Why small firms do (not) develop institutional collaborations?, Research Policy, 42: 50-62
Marques, R., E. M. P. Silva & Isabel Bodas Freitas, 2013, Emergent and Mature Industries: the role of University-Industry Collaborations, Research Policy, 42: 443-453
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, Aldo Geuna & F. Rossi, 2012, The governance of formal university-industry collaborations: understanding the rationales for alternative models, Prometheus, 30(1): 29-45
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Alessandro Nuvolari, 2012, Traditional versus Heterodox Motives of academic patenting: Evidence from the Netherlands, Industry and Innovation, 19(8): 671-695
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, Michiko Iizuka & Eva Dantas, 2012, The Kyoto mechanisms and the diffusion of renewable energy technologies in the BRICS, Energy Policy, 42: 118-128, More information
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Michiko Iizuka, 2012, Openness to international markets and the diffusion of standards compliance in Latin America. A multi level analysis, Research Policy, 41: 201-215, More information
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, 2011, Technological learning environments and organizational practices. Cross sectoral evidence from Britain, Industrial and Corporate Change, 20: 1439-1474
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, Victor Gilsing, R. Bekkers & M. Van der Steen, 2011, Technology Transfer between Academia and Industry: Do policies fit with standing practices? Empirical evidence from the Netherlands, Technovation, 31(12): 638-647
Clausen, Tommy, Isabel Bodas Freitas, Roberto Fontana & Bart Verspagen, 2011, Formal and informal external linkages and firms’ innovative strategies. A cross-country comparison, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21: 91-119, More information
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, 2008, Sources of differences in the pattern of adoption of organizational and managerial innovations from early to late 1990s, in the UK, Research Policy, 37(1): 131-148
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & N. von Tunzelman, 2008, Mapping Public support for innovation in a three-dimensional space, Research Policy, 37(9): 1446-1464
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Rudi Bekkers, 2008, Analysing knowledge transfer channels between universities and industry: To what degree do sectors also matter?, Research Policy, 37: 1837-1853
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, 2007, New instruments in innovation policy: The case of the Department of Trade and Industry in the UK, Science and Public Policy, 34(9): 644-656


Book chapters
Iizuka, Michiko, Eva Dantas & Isabel Bodas Freitas, 2015, The Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies in the BRICS, in: Wim Naude,Adam Szirmai, Nobuya Haraguchi (eds), Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, Eva Dantas & Michiko Iizuka, 2010, The global institutional frameworks and the diffusion of renewable energy technologies in the BRICS countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-045
Bodas Freitas, Isabel & Bart Verspagen, 2009, The motivations, organisation and outcomes of university-industry interaction in the Netherlands, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2009-011
Bodas Freitas, Isabel, Tommy Clausen, Roberto Fontana & Bart Verspagen, 2008, Formal and informal external linkages and firms’ innovative strategies. A cross-country comparison, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2008-065


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Iizuka, Michiko, Eva Dantas & Isabel Bodas Freitas, 2012, The Production and Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies in teh BRICS countries, Background paper for UNIDO-UNU-MERIT publication, Structural Change, Poverty Reduction and Industrial Policy in the BRICS. Presented at Workshop, The Untold Story: Structural Change for Poverty Reduction-The case of the BRICS, in Vienna, 16-17 August 201


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