Cristina Chaminade is full professor in Innovation Studies at Lund University and coordinator of the research area on Globalization of Innovation at Circle. She holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and a PhD in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid/University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Her main research interest is on globalization of innovation, particularly global innovation networks and innovation in emerging economies. She has actively worked on innovation in developing countries for over 15 years, particularly China, India, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil. She’s been advisor of international organizations such as the European Commission, UNCTAD, OECD and UN-ECLAC.
Her research focuses mainly on understanding how firms, regions and nations create and use knowledge for innovation when knowledge is globally distributed, and how policies can be designed to support innovation in a global context. Theoretically, her main anchor is the system of innovation approach and a key concept in her research is that of Global Innovation Networks.
She has published in international journals, refereed books and handbooks in the fields of innovation, development studies and knowledge management like Research Policy, Industry and Innovation, World Development, Innovation and Development and European Planning Studies. She is one of the editors of the Handbook of Innovation Systems in Developing Countries published by Edward Elgar in 2009. Currently she is coordinating a research project regional variety and global innovation networks funded by the Marianne and Markus Wallenberg foundation.