Prof. Dr. Jan Fagerberg

Professorial Fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions

Professor Jan Fagerberg holds a D. Phil. from the University of Sussex (1989), where he was at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). He is now affiliated with the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) at the University of Oslo, Norway and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

In his research Fagerberg has among other things focused on the relationship between technology (innovation and diffusion) on the one hand and competitiveness, economic growth and development on the other. He has also worked on innovation theory, innovation systems, innovation policy and sustainability. Fagerberg has published extensively on these and other topics in books and journals. His research is widely cited and disseminated.

In the early 2000s Fagerberg took the initiative to an international project, aimed at producing an authoritative survey of the role of innovation in modern societies. This led in 2004 to the publication of “The Oxford Handbook of Innovation” at Oxford University Press, edited by Fagerberg, David Mowery and Richard Nelson. Between 2003 and 2008 Fagerberg led a research effort on the working of the Norwegian innovation system, one of the outcomes of which was the book “Innovation, Path Dependency and Policy: The Norwegian case”, edited by Fagerberg, David Mowery and Bart Verspagen, published by Oxford University Press in 2009. More recently, Fagerberg has been engaged in a number of activities intended to map our current knowledge about innovation and stimulate discussions about the future research agenda in this area. One such initiative was the EXPLORE project, carried out between 2009 and 2011, which tried to map the knowledge base of not only innovation-studies but also entrepreneurship-studies and STS (reported in a special issue of Research Policy in 2012). Another was the book “Innovation Studies: Evolution and Future Challenges” edited by Fagerberg, Esben Sloth Andersen and Ben Martin, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Fagerberg’s most recent books are “The Triple Challenge for Europe: Economic Development, Climate Change and Governance” (with Staffan Laestadius and Ben Martin), Oxford University Press (2015) and “Innovation, Economic Development and Policy – Selected Essays”, Edward Elgar Publishing (2018).




Selected publications by Jan Fagerberg


UNU-MERIT