The event expands previous discussions on technology capabilities with examples from Brazil and South Korea

Following the discussions at a country level of the first workshop (you can watch it in full below), the “Technology Upgrading and Economic Catch-Up” online workshop series moves to the industry level on its second edition, to happen on December 3, from 9 am to 11 am (Brazilian local time). The workshop series is a result of a joint effort between The São Paulo Excellence Chair program InSysPo (Innovation Systems, Strategies, and Policy), part of the Department of Science and Technology Policy, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, and other leading institutions in innovations studies around the world.

The theme of the second edition of the workshop series is: “Technology Capability Upgrade and Sectoral Catch-Up”. The workshop explores the reasons behind the complex and contingent technology upgrading process, where outcomes are dependent on a variety of mutually interrelated factors whose consequences are far from certain. Some of the questions to be addressed at the event are: “How can we explain failures in the cases of with strong market and institutional ‘windows of opportunity’?”; “How do we explain unexpected success stories of technology upgrading in emerging economies?”; “What are lessons from the cases of post-catchup failures?”. You can see the whole list of topics and speakers by clicking here. The event is hosted online through the video conferencing platform Zoom, with live streaming on Youtube.

Besides InSysPo, the series is co-organized by the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (George Washington University), the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies – University College London, the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (National Research University/Higher School of Economics), and Seoul National University.


This series of workshops explores the major issues related to the technology upgrading of emerging and catching up economies. It discusses the state-of-the-art understanding of the issues around technology upgrading and economic catch-up, exploring country, sector and firm-level issues based on a variety of country experiences.

The background for the presentations are contributions in the forthcoming Oxford University Press volume “The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies” edited by Jeong-Dong Lee (Seoul National University), Keun Lee (Seoul National University), Dirk Meissner (Higher School of Economics – NRU), Slavo Radosevic (University College London), and Nicholas Vonortas (George Washington University/University of Campinas).

The first workshop, hosted on November 4, had an average of 100 participants. You can watch the event on the Youtube link below.