Event details

Theory and practice of innovation: Different perspectives under the same name

Venue: Seminar Room, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Eagle House, Walton Well Road, Oxford. OX2 6ED 
T: +44 (0)1865 616600 


Giacomo Zanello
Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford Department of International Development

Louise Bloom
Humanitarian Innovation Project, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development

Hyejin Youn
Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford Martin School, Mathematical Institute

To learn more about the speakers please visit http://hyoun.me/events/diverse_innovation/#speakers


The roundtable is scheduled to last two hours. After introductions from all attendees, three speakers will introduce how innovation has been studied from three different disciplines: humanitarian studies, economics, and mathematics. Afterward, ample time will be given for discussion and contributions from attendees.

  • 15 minutes - introductions from all participants and attendees
  • 60 minutes - three presenters on their topics will speak for 20 minutes each
  • 45 minutes - discussion

About the workshop

Understanding innovation -- where it comes from and how and why it takes place -- is a general and ubiquitous question, in a variety of guises, in many disciplinaries ranging from economics, business management, social studies, behavioural science, evolutionary biology, and mathematics, to name a few. Counter to the practice of innovation, research in this field is kept in ‘black boxes’ with little cross-pollination and sharing of ideas. The workshop takes an open innovation approach and aims to bring the accumulated insights and available expertise present in The University of Oxford, and initiate a platform/environment to support young researchers to share practices and ideas towards an overarching framework for innovation. We invite participants from a large diversity of scientific communities.

Potential questions include, but not limited to:

  • What are the interpretations and implications of “innovation” in your domain of research?
  • How is innovation (or the process of innovation) identified and quantified in your research?
  • What are the most important big questions regarding innovation in your field? and what are the challenges?

To start a lively discussion, we have a few speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their works on innovation. The roundtable will open up interactive discussions and act as an opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning and interaction around methods of innovation thinking.

Please bring with your thoughts and discussion points.