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A controversies approach to infrastructure and security. Global mobility and security in an African port.

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 12:00
Iván Cuesta-Fernández.
Centre of African Studies. University of Edinburgh.

As part of the logistical infrastructure of the global economy, the political geographies of ports has received increasing attention. And indeed, old questions about economic infrastructure and political power are raised anew. However, in critical security studies, common transnational practices of securing and securitizing ports have been overemphasized. This paper uses controversies around African ports to dig deeper. To counter the emphasis on seemingly all-encompassing governmental practices, we look at technologies of governance through the lens of controversies.

Is competition able to mitigate the waste effects of corruption? An exploratory investigation of Italian public work contracts

Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 12:00
Massimo Finocchiaro Castro
Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (Italy)

The aim of this paper is to provide an empirical test of the impact of competition in procurement to reduce the effects of ‘environmental’ corruption. For this purpose, the paper examines whether competition is able to constrain the waste effects of corruption in the area where the public work is localised. We develop prior literature on the effects of corruption on infrastructure provision assessing whether more competition matters in constraining ’environmental’ corruption. For this purpose, a two-stage analysis is carried out.

Social Capital and Technological Start-ups in Italy

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 12:00
Matteo Tubiana
University of Torino, Italy

How does scientists’ mobility influence the formation, dynamics and geography of scientific collaborations? Conceptual and empirical issues.

Monday, 29 May 2017 - 12:00
Bastien Barnela
Universidad de Poitiers.

My research consists in investigating the link between geographical mobility and co-authorship formation and dynamics. I consider that existing literature has largely focused on the effect of mobility and collaborations on scientific productivity, but not sufficiently on the relationship between mobility and collaborations. Moreover, literature on collaboration has mainly focused on the organisation of collaborative research and the coordination of the partners involved during projects, leaving out the genesis of collaborations and partner linkage issues.

Seminar Müge Ozman (Pending details)

Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 12:00
Müge Ozman
Telecom Business School

Innovation and employment dynamics in the UK

Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 12:00
Alberto Marzucchi
University of Sussex

La aventura de generar una empresa biotecnológica: el caso Biopolis

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 12:00

Hace catorce años decidimos iniciar una aventura que era una auténtica locura: crear una empresa que vendiera proyectos de I+D. No partimos de una patente preexistente ni de una tecnología novedosa. Partimos de la ilusión de transferir el conocimiento que teníamos. Hoy esa bendita locura se ha convertido en una realidad. Biopolis es una empresa biotecnológica que vende I+D en biotecnología microbiana y que es capaz de producir para sus clientes los microorganismos o los metabólicos microbianos que son el fruto de esos proyectos de investigación.