Leading experts from three different continents will expose their research on different – and ‘greener’ – paths for technology upgrading

Following the discussions on the industry-level (you can watch the full video of the second edition below), the “Technology Upgrading and Economic Catch-Up” online workshop series moves to new paradigms of technology upgrading, with special attention given to sustainability, on its third edition, to take place on February 25, from 9am to 11am (São Paulo, Brazil local time). The workshop series is the 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 from all over the globe.

The theme of the third edition of the workshop series is: “Emerging paradigm on technology capability upgrading: embracing green, inclusive and social sustainability concerns”. The workshop explores new developments in technology through the increasing application of artificial intelligence, the demise of the fossil-fuel-based growth regime, plus increasing concerns with equity and inclusiveness of technology. It also evaluates new measures of economic growth that go beyond GDP measures to include sustainable development and green growth. Some of the questions to be addressed at the event are: is the shift to green growth of catching up economies an option or necessity? What does this shift entail for technology upgrading research and related policies? How to ensure that technology-driven ‘creative destruction’ entails structural change while avoiding exclusionary outcomes? 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 a live stream 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).

You can watch the full video of the first two editions below: