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Russia's Skolkovo in Comparative and Historical Context

UCL

Date: Wednesday June 13 2012
Location: Rooms 431/433, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BW
Time: 9.30-17.30

  • Read the working paper: Radosevic, S; Wade, I; (2014) Modernization through large S&T projects: Assessing Russia’s Drive for Innovation-Led Development via Skolkovo Innovation Centre (UCL SSEES Economics and Business Working Papers 131).
  • Listen to workshop podcasts

Slavo Radosevic, Artyom Morozov and Conor LenihanJulian Cooper, Paul Josephson and Victoria Donovan

Skolkovo is a new, high-profile innovation centre near Moscow – it has been called Russia’s ‘Silicon Valley’.  

On 13th June UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies, supported by CEELBAS, brought together leading scholars, policy-makers and practitioners, as well as key representatives of the Skolkovo Foundation itself, to examine the institutional and historical context in which Skolkovo is developing and put it in comparative perspective. The workshop aimed to ask how the present policies on innovation in Russia compare with other efforts to modernise via science & technology. What are the chances of success for the Skolkovo project? View the background context to the workshop.

Speakers included:

  • Conor Lenihan (Vice President for International Partnership Development, Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow)
  • Artyom Morozov (Advisor to Vice-President, Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow)
  • Robert Crawford (Director of Investments, Innovation and Growth at Nesta)
  • Laurence Broyd (Eastern Research Group, EECAD, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies)
  • Professor Julian Cooper (Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Paul Josephson (Department of History, Colby College, USA)

View full workshop prgramme.

workshop delegates

Workshop Podcasts (click on speaker's name to view presentation slides):

SESSION 1) What is Skolkovo?

Chair: Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL SSEES)
Speakers: Conor Lenihan (Vice President for International Partnership Development, Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow) and Artyom Morozov (Advisor to Vice-President, Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow):

SESSION 2) Comparative perspectives on innovation policy

Chair: Professor Ben Martin (University of Sussex)
Speakers: Robert Crawford (Director of Investments, Innovation and Growth at Nesta) and Evgeny Klochikhin (Research Student, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester):

SESSION 3) Historical perspectives on innovation and science and technology policies in the Soviet Union and Russia in the 1990s

Chair: Dr Christopher Davis (University of Oxford)
Speakers: Professor Julian Cooper (Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham); Professor Paul Josephson (Department of History, Colby College, USA); and Dr Victoria Donovan (University of Exeter):

SESSION 4) Lessons for Skolkovo based on comparative and historical experiences on innovation

Chair: Peter Healey (University of Oxford)
Speakers: Artyom Morozov (Advisor to Vice-President, Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow); Laurence Broyd (Eastern Research Group, EECAD, Foreign and Commonwealth Office); and Professor David Dyker (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex):


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