Manuel Fernández Esquinas

INNOVACIÓN – Sociology of innovation

Manuel Fernández Esquinas is Senior Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA).

He has a doctorate in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has worked at and undertaken research visits at universities in the UK (London South Bank University), Australia (Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong) and the USA (Indiana University, University of New Mexico). He was director of the Technical Unit of Applied Studies at IESA, where he undertook several applied sociology studies on social problems, public opinion, and public policy assessment and analysis. He has also worked as an adviser and consultant for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, international organisations such as the OECD, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and regional governments. He is one of the Spanish delegates at the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy.

His research interests are focused on the social conditions that influence processes of innovation. He has published several books and chapters in collected works for CIS, CSIC, Edward Elgar, Cambridge Publishing and other international publishers. His articles can be read in journals such as Regional Studies, Science and Public Policy, Public Understanding of Science, Higher Education, European Planning Studies, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, Revista Internacional de Sociología and Arbor, amongst others. A selection of publications can be consulted here.

In recent years, his work has involved training researchers, the evaluation of science, and decision-making processes in science policy. He is particularly interested in practical uses of sociology and social sciences in general. In addition, he has undertaken studies on the relationship between businesses and universities, enterprise creation and the effects of knowledge transfer on innovation. He is also involved in projects that investigate the socioeconomic impact of RDI and the set-up of social structures which facilitate innovation. Currently, he is President of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES) and Editor of the Revista Española de Sociología.







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