The event will have the 5 co-editors of the upcoming OUP volume as speakers.

After five months and four successful editions gathering more almost 350 participants from over 50 countries, the workshop series “Technology Upgrading and Economic Catch-Up” is coming to an end in April. The final edition of the series is taking place on April 22, from 9am to 11am (São Paulo local time). The workshop series was 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 world.

The workshop will synthesise the main insights and lessons from the previous four workshops while also outlining the research and policy road ahead in the new global post-Covid context. For the final edition, the event is receiving the five editors from the forthcoming Oxford University Press volume “The Challenges of Technology Upgrading and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies”. They are: 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 event is hosted online through the video conferencing platform Zoom, with a live stream on Youtube.


The workshop series explored the major issues related to the technology upgrading of emerging and catching up economies. It discussed 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.

Besides InSysPo, the series was 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.

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