A Global Value Chain of Research & Innovation (GloRI)

This project explores dynamic decision-making processes on mineral-based materials in research and innovation for renewable energy technologies. It is guided by the question: How can decision-making processes in research activities be identified, and directed to enable more sustainable uses of mineral-based materials? The project works with literatures on Global Value Chains1,2, Science and Technology-3,4, and Innovation Studies 5,6,7, and uses sociotechnical imaginaries8,9.

These sociotechnical imaginaries may be gendered, and carry information about how resources are perceived in decision-making processes, including on material uses for aspired innovations. A Global Value Chain of Research and Innovation will be conceptualized to enable exploring decision-making processes with embedded sociotechnical imaginaries that reach across geographical scales and organizational levels.


  1. Ponte, S., Sturgeon, T.J. and Dallas, M. 2019. Governance and power in GVCs. In S. Ponte, G. Gereffi and G. Raj-Reichert (eds). Handbook on Global Value Chains, Edward Elgar Publishing, 640pp.
  2. Dallas, M.P., Ponte, S., and T.J.Sturgeon, 2019. Power in global value chains. Rev. Int. Pol. Econ.,26 (4), 666-694
  3. Jasanoff, S. and Kim, S.-H. 2013. Sociotechnical Imaginaries and National Energy policies. Science as Culture 22, 189-196.
  4. Jasanoff, S., Kim, S.-H. 2015. Dreamscapes of modernity. Sociotechnical imaginaries and the fabrication of power. Chicago: University of Chicago.
  5. Tödtling, F, M Trippl, 2018. Reg. innovation policies for new path development - beyond neo-liberal, traditional syst. views. Eur Plan Stud 26(9), 1779-95.
  6. Weber, K.M., and Truffer, B. 2017. Moving innovation systems research to the next level: towards an integrative agenda. Oxford Rev Econ 33 (1), 101-121.
  7. Asheim, BT, Grillitsch, M and M Trippl, 2016. Regional innovation systems: past - present - future. In Doloreux, D, Shearmur, R. and Carrincazeaux, C. (eds.), Handbook on the Geography of Innovation. 512 pp.
  8. Jasanoff, S & Kim, S-H. 2009. Containing the atom: Sociotechnical imaginaries and nuclear power in the U.S. and South Korea. Minerva 47 (2), 119-146.
  9. Borup, M, Brown, N, Konrad, K, van Lente, H. 2006. The Sociology of Expectations in Science and Technology. Technol. Anal. Strateg. 18 (3/4), 285-298.


Project duration: 06/2022 - 05/2025

Team members: Erika Faigen (project lead), Michaela Trippl (supervisor), Gudrun Haindlmaier (co-supervisor)

Funding: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Individual Fellowship