Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Network of the Americas

Call for Papers: Technology Foresight in Developing and Transition Countries


Presentation: Technology Foresight (TF) has become an increasingly popular instrument for science, technology and innovation (STI) policy makers since at least the mid-1990s, and attracted the attention of academic researchers and industrial practitioners, as well as that of policy makers. TF is considered to be a powerful instrument to detect promising STI fields which can contribute to national economic development and the establishment of knowledge and innovation based industries. But this has not limited its use to the most industrially advanced economies. Developing and transition countries have drawn on TF approaches to develop STI strategies, often with the aim of catching up with developed countries at specific technological frontiers.


There is limited documentation, and even less systematic analysis, of the TF efforts undertaken in several countries in Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America and the Russian Federation. In other regions of the world, fewer emerging economies seem to have made extensive use of the approach, but evidence remains scanty.


Topic: The special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change on “Technology Foresight in Developing and Transition Countries” aims to address these and related themes in order to advance understanding of the use of Technology Foresight strategies in linking Science, Technology and Innovation, in countries and regions other than those advanced industrial economies whose TF programs have garnered so much attention. Related questions of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • What triggers the decision to undertake TF exercises, how are capabilities developed to undertake these activities, and what use is made of experience undertaken earlier and/or elsewhere?
  • How do these factors shape the objectives, instruments, and applications of TF? What are the lessons for international practice?
  • How is TF integrated in STI policy and strategy making in these countries? Is TF used in such a way as to inform and influence restructuring of the systems of STI governance?
  • What are the relations between policymakers, public services (including higher education) and private sectors (including sources of FDI) in the course of TF, and where (if at all) does civil society feature? How far do these relationships follow the expectations of the designers of TF activities?


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Deadline: November 30th, 2015


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