Dr. Lina Sonne

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions

Dr. Lina Sonne is Associate Professor at Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities at Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India, where she teaches and researches on

  1. Inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact investing;
  2. Technology and gender, digitisation and society;
  3. Entrepreneurship in arts + culture.

Prior to joining JGU, she set up and ran Inblick Innovation Advisory in Mumbai, and built a research and consulting portfolio on innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact at Okapi Research & Advisory, Mumbai. Before that, she co-led research at Intellecap, Mumbai; and was Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, where she was part of the team setting up an MA Development.

She holds a PhD in Economics and Policy of Technical Change from UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, an MSc in Business Economics from City, University of London, and a PG Diploma in Modern & Contemporary Indian Art History and Curatorial Studies from the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.

To learn more + get in touch: www.linasonne.in


Selected publications by Lina Sonne

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Sonne, Lina, 2012, Innovative initiatives supporting inclusive innovation in India: Social business incubation and micro venture capital, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79: 638-647, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.06.008, More information

Book chapters
Fu, Xiaolan, Luc Soete & Lina Sonne, 2010, Conclusions: Science, Technology and Development - Emerging Concepts and Visions, in: Xiaolan Fu and Luc Soete, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Sonne, Lina, 2021, Women's mobile phone access and use: A snapshot of six states in India, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-033
Sonne, Lina, 2014, Mapping regional social enterprise ecosystems in India: Framework and indicators, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-050
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Bridging the financing gap for pro-poor innovation: Towards a framework, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-049
Sonne, Lina, 2010, India’s Rural Financial System: Does it Support Pro-Poor Innovation?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-039
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Financing pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation: A review of existing literature, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-038
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation and it’s Role in Rural Development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-037

Sonne, Lina, 2011, Innovation in Finance to Finance Innovation: Supporting pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation, This thesis proposed a new way of conceptualising financing of pro-poor innovation in rural areas by focusing on pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation (PEBI) and by considering the knowledge flows in different parts of the financial system. Empirically, More information