PhD in Responsible Innovation and Regional Development

PhD Autumn 2021

The PhD in Responsible Innovation and Regional Development (RESINNREG) is a doctoral programme in innovation studies founded on professional and societal perspectives. The programme is aimed at candidates who want to qualify for research and scientific work at a high international level, and will enable graduates to pursue a career related to responsible innovation efforts in academia, industry or the public sector.

The RESINNREG programme encompasses the research fields of Industry Innovation, Public Sector Innovation and Green Innovation. The programme represents a broad understanding of responsible innovation, drawing upon a diverse foundation of literature, such as the evolutionary perspective, innovation as a relational phenomenon, institutional theory, sustainable development, sustainable transitions, and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The programme will stimulate research that investigates how innovation can meet social, economic and environmental challenges in regional contexts. The regional dimension is emphasised in RESINNREG, not just at a practical level, but also when it comes to theoretical foundations. Similarly, RESINNREG encourages critical reflections of the normative dimensions of the role of researchers engaged in innovation processes.

RESINNREG candidates will learn how to act as change agents in processes of regional development through insight into innovation studies and principles for RRI, reflecting critically on its application to research and practice. Thus, independent of the specific area of specialisation, PhD candidates graduating from the programme will have state-of-the-art research knowledge, skills and competences relating to how to understand and implement innovation processes.


Teaching dates for the courses are:

PHDINN906 Responsible innovation and Regional Industry Development

  • Week 16: April 19th-23rd

PHDINN904 Doing Responsible Innovation

  • Module 1: May 19th, 20th and 21st
  • Module 2: weeks 21, 22, 23 and 24 (practical self-studies)
  • Module 3: June 15th and 16th
  • Hours: 08:00-16:00

Student exchange

PhD students are strongly encouraged to spend a period of up to six months abroad as a visiting scholar in a relevant department/research group. Such visits can accredit up to 5 ECTS, subject to approval by the programme committee.

Where can I travel?

Romania | University of the West, Timisoara

Spain | University of Salamanca

UK and Northern Ireland |

Sweden | University West