The research team focuses its efforts on improving understanding of the innovative processes at work in the agriculture, food and agro-industry sectors, and identifying the conditions required for the successful implementation of these processes.
In this time of fundamental change for the agriculture, rural, food and agro-industry sectors, the aim of the unit is to adopt a multi-scale approach to analyze the innovative processes at work. Research particularly focuses on the wide variety of innovative approaches, the different stages of innovation (from new knowledge creation to market launch), and the role of regions as both mediators and suppliers of resources, from local to global level.
Topics addressed include:
– the socio-technical transition to sustainable agriculture and managerial innovations in collective CSR initiatives,
– the organization of the supply chain in new sectors, especially biomass conversion in next-generation biorefineries,
– the governance of innovative processes involving several stakeholders within competitive clusters.
The research team is aiming to produce an interpretative and analytical framework that can be used by public and private policy makers in their strategic thinking.