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


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Fagerberg, Jan, 2018, Mobilizing innovation for sustainability transitions: A comment on transformative innovation policy, Research Policy, 47(9): 1568-1576, DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.08.012, More information
Fagerberg, Jan, B. A. Lundvall & Martin Srholec, 2018, Global value chains, national innovation systems and economic development, European Journal of Development Research, 30(3): 533-556, DOI: 10.1057/s41287-018-0147-2, More information
Fagerberg, Jan, Martin Srholec & Bart Verspagen, 2010, The Role of Innovation in Development, Review of Economics and Institutions, 1(2), More information


Book chapters
Fagerberg, Jan & Bart Verspagen, 2015, One Europe or Several? Causes and Consequences of the European Stagnation, in: Fagerberg, J., Laestadius, S. & B.R. Martin (eds), The Triple Challenge for Europe Economic Development, Climate Change, and Governance, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Verspagen, Bart, Jan Fagerberg & Martin Srholec, 2010, Innovation and Economic Development , in: Hall, B. H. and Rosenberg, N. (eds), Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Elsevier, Amsterdam
Verspagen, Bart, Jan Fagerberg & D.C. Mowery, 2009, Introduction: Innovation in Norway , in: Fagerberg, J., Mowery, D., Verspagen, B. (eds), Innovation, Path Dependency, and Policy: The Norwegian Case, Oxford University Press, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551552.003.0001, More information
Verspagen, Bart & Jan Fagerberg, 1998, Integrazione e divergenza tra le regioni europee, in: Paolo Guerrieri and Mario Pianta (eds.), Tecnologia, Crescita e Occupazione, CUEN, Napoli


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Verspagen, Bart, Jan Fagerberg & D.C. Mowery (eds.), 2009, Innovation, Path Dependency, and Policy: The Norwegian Case, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 408, DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551552.001.0001, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Fagerberg, Jan & Bart Verspagen, 2020, Technological revolutions, structural change & catching-up, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-012
Fagerberg, Jan & Bart Verspagen, 2014, One Europe or several? Causes and consequences of the European stagnation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-025
Fagerberg, Jan, Martin Srholec & Bart Verspagen, 2009, Innovation and Economic Development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2009-032


Research memoranda
Fagerberg, Jan & Bart Verspagen, 1995, Heading for Divergence? Regional Growth in Europe Reconsidered, MERIT Research Memoranda 1995-014


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