Monday 18 March 2019

CfPs: 5th IndiaLICS International Conference "Innovation Systems in India: Contexts and Challenges" | 29-31 August, Ahmedabad

5th IndiaLICS International Conference 2019

Innovation Systems in India: Contexts and Challenges


August 29-31, 2019



Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India

Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India



Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India


Call for Papers & Research Proposals


Increasing realisations over perspectives and role of innovations –including but beyond the technological – in impacting economies and societies at the macro, meso and micro levels call for a serious rethink on national, regional and sectoral innovation systems in India. While no clear-cut policies on innovations exist, especially addressing local and sub-national dynamics, absence of comprehensive statistics on innovation and related aspects remains a first major roadblock. Further, innovation potential of subsectors, regions and resources (both physical and knowledge-based) has been poorly articulated as we have limited understanding of interrelationships between diverse stakeholders of science, social-economy and democracy. A common concern is over innovative governance of access and use of resources (particularly, natural) to ensure broad-basing of sustainable production, consumption and conservation.


IndiaLICS is the India chapter of Globelics, an international network of scholars who apply the concept of Learning, Innovation and Competence building System (LICS) as a framework for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition. IndiaLICS engages in and pro-actively promotes domestic and global exchange of scholarship in innovation systems and the translation of innovation to development outcomes. It organizes seminars/conferences and undertakes capacity building activities as well as research with academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs and workers. For details, please visit:


The Conference aims to be multidisciplinary in its approach by including scholars/practitioners/members from social sciences, physical/natural sciences and development/civil society organisations. Although the focus is on India lessons from other developing and developed countries shall be discussed in a comparative perspective.


Special sessions are planned for interactions of subject experts and activists with young scholars/practitioners.


Pertinent/Suggestive Themes by Broad Intersectional Categories:


National Level:

o Innovation, trade and development

o Comprehensive database and indicators of innovations

o IPRs, standards & regulations

o Foresights and futures for technology

o Skills, knowledge and learning – gaps and solutions

o Innovation activity and firm size in the context of changing technology regimes and market structures


Regional/Sub-national Level:

o Global production networks and governance of value chains

o Enterprise-academia-state-society inter-linkages

o State and STI


Sectoral/Sub-sectoral Level:

o Skills, knowledge gaps in traditional and modern sectors

o Innovations in agriculture, forestry, livestock and fisheries

o Informal sector and innovation (both rural and urban contexts)

o Innovation in services and business model innovation

o Innovations in social sectors (education, health and water)


Overarching Concerns:

o Science, technology and innovation links

o Climate change and protecting the environment

o Gender and innovation

o Inclusive and responsible innovation


These are indicative themes only. Papers beyond these themes shall also be considered.


Important Dates:

• Submission of Extended Abstracts or Research Proposals by April 20, 2019

• Information on Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts/Proposals by April 27, 2019

• Submission of Full Papers by July 31, 2019


Format for Extended Abstract/Research Proposal:

The abstract/proposal (around 1000 words) must be new (neither published nor being submitted/considered for publication elsewhere) and should preferably be organised around the following subsections (a) Central Concerns (b) Methodology/Approach (c) Main Findings (d) Policy Implications (e) Originality/Value (f) Keywords (upto 5). Papers by young scholars are particularly encouraged. All submissions and enquiries have to be emailed to:


Travel and Hospitality:

Efforts are on to offer travel cost support to participants; details on that shall be conveyed to authors of papers selected. Local hospitality shall be taken care of.

Further Details

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The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management
Edited by Gordon Redding, Antony Drew, and Stephen Crump, Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN: 9780198822905.

About the Book: The world's systems of higher education (HE) are caught up in the fourth industrial revolution of the twenty-first century. Driven by increased globalization, demographic expansion in demand for education, new information and communications technology, and changing cost structures influencing societal expectations and control, higher education systems across the globe are adapting to the pressures of this new industrial environment. To make sense of the complex changes in the practices and structures of higher education, this Handbook sets out a theoretical framework to explain what higher education systems are, how they may be compared over time, and why comparisons are important in terms of societal progress in an increasingly interconnected world.
Drawing on insights from over 40 leading international scholars and practitioners, the chapters examine the main challenges facing institutions of higher education, how they should be managed in changing conditions, and the societal implications of different approaches to change. Structured around the premise that higher education plays a significant role in ensuring that a society achieves the capacity to adjust itself to change, while at the same time remaining cohesive as a social system, this Handbook explores how current internal and external forces disturb this balance, and how institutions of higher education could, and might, respond.

Table of Contents
Part I: Education and Societal Evolution
1: The Description and Comparison of Societal Systems of Higher Education and University Management, Gordon Redding, Antony Drew, and Stephen Crump
2: Criticality, Academic Autonomy, and Societal Progress, Gordon Redding
3: Socializing Human Capital for 21st Century Educational Goals: Suggestive Empirical Findings from Multi-National Research, Michael H. Bond and Yiming Jing
4: Changing the Nature and Role of Universities: The Effects of Funding and Governance Reforms on Universities as Accountable Actors, Richard Whitley
Part II: Strategic Autonomy and the Main University Types
5: Recent Trends in East and West University Governance: Two Kinds of Hollowness, Gabriel Donleavy and K. C. Chen
6: Cycles of Evolution of Ideal Types of Universities: Causes and Consequences for the University Mission - The Case of Poland, Svetlana Gudkova, Anna Pikos, and Valentyna Guminska
7: The Implications of a Diversifying Workforce for Institutional Governance and Management in Higher Education, Celia Whitchurch
8: The Collegial Tradition in English Higher Education: What Is It, What Sustains It, and How Viable Is Its Future?, David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper
9: Managing a University in Turbulent Times, Gordon Redding
Part III: Large Scale Changes and Their Implications
10: Critical Factors and Forces Influencing Higher Education in the 21st Century, Antony Drew, Gordon Redding, and Trevor Harley
11: A New World of Communications in Higher Education and Its Implications, Liam Phelan, Antony Drew and Andrew Yardy
12: Leading in Higher Education, Maurits van Rooijen
13: Policy and Practice in University-Business Relations, Ewart Keep
14: Macro Changes and the Implications For Equality, Social, and Gender Justice in Higher Education, Miriam David, Penny Jane Burke, and Marie-Pierre Moreau
15: Macro Changes and the Implications for Higher Education Research: A Case Study in the Health Sector and Graduate Practice, Tracy Robinson, Kylie Twyford, Helena Teede, and Stephen Crump
16: Canada in a Global System of Higher Education: The Role of Community Engagement, Brent Epperson, Britta Baron, and Carl G. Amrhein
17: Developing and Maintaining Transnational Research Collaborations: A Case Study of Australian Universities, Fazal Rizvi and Ranjit Gajendra
18: Scholarship in the University: An Ecological Perspective, Ronald Barnett
19: Higher Education Finance: Global Realities, Policy Options, and Common Misunderstandings, Bruce Johnstone
20: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Government in Building Human and Social Capital, Ken Mayhew
Part IV: Fostering Societal Cooperativeness and Innovativeness in the New Conditions
21: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role Of Industry in Building Human and Social Capital, Suzanna Tomassi
22: Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role Of Universities, Research, and the Academic Professions in Fostering Good Citizenship, Murat Erguvan, Nikoloz Parjanadze, and Kevin Hirschi
23: Governments Need To, and Do, Trust Universities, Mike Calford
24: Education and Technological Unemployment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Michael Peters and Petar Jandric
25: Educating For the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India, V. V. Krishna and Nimesh Chandra
26: Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education, Penny Jane Burke, Miriam David and Marie-Pierre Moreau
Part V: Societal Implications of a Changing HE World
27: Reactions, Reflections, and Renewal: The Significance of Higher Education for Intellectual, Social, and Personal Advancement, Stephen Crump
28: Maintaining the Contribution of Higher Education to Societal Progress, Gordon Redding, Stephen Crump, and Antony Drew