Innovation in the Peripheries: Towards a More Effective Innovation Policy in the Canary Islands
Within the framework of the Innovate Canarias program, on January 11, 2023, a conference titled “Innovation in the Peripheries: Towards a More Effective Innovation Policy in the Canary Islands” was held at the Government Headquarters of the Canary Islands in Las Palmas GC. The keynote speaker was Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, Director of the Princess of Asturias Chair, and Director of the Cañada Blanca Center at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This event, which focused on economic geography, reflected on aspects that must be considered to advance towards greater diversification of the regional economy through innovation. The conference included the participation of Elena Máñez Rodríguez, Minister of Economy, Knowledge, and Employment, Government of the Canary Islands; Carlos Andrés Navarro Martínez, Director, ACIISI, Government of the Canary Islands; Manuel Ruiz de la Rosa, President of the Emerge Association; Pedro Ortega Rodríguez, President of the Canary Islands Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE); Antonio J. Olivera Herrera, Deputy Chief of the Presidency, Government of the Canary Islands; and Moisés Santana Quintana, Managing Director of the Emerge Association.
During the working session, the importance of efficient development of education investment policies, support for R&D, and support for the internationalization of the productive fabric in a more open, inclusive, and sustainable economy was emphasized. Other topics discussed included the need for active participation of the Canary Islands in global knowledge flows, the design of fiscal tools to make the territory more competitive for investment, the relationship with the African continent, and the quality of public institutions.
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (1966) is a global reference in economic geography. He is a Princess of Asturias Professor and Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, where he has been directing the Cañada Blanch Center since 2020. His research focuses on regional growth and inequalities, innovation, fiscal and political decentralization, among other areas. He is also a part-time professor at the Center for Innovation Research at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities, including the College of Europe (Belgium), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Hannover (Germany), the University of Split (Croatia), and the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). His research is widely cited, and the Stanford/Elsevier ranking of scientists in the top 2% places him in the top 0.1% overall across all academic disciplines. In this ranking, he is listed as the top worldwide researcher in the field of urban and regional planning, based on citations in 2020. In 2020 and 2021, he was recognized as one of the most influential scientific researchers of the last decade according to the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.