Innovation Systems 

In this section, Professor David Ockwell and Dr Rob Byrne explain some principles behind the socio-technical innovation system approach they developed. First, key terms used in innovation studies are explained before delving into innovation theory, briefly touching on transitions theory and discussing the provenance of their theory, and its relevance for the Modern Energy Cooking Services programme.

What is Innovation?

In this video, David Ockwell explains key principles behind innovation, describing how innovation does not simply equate to invention, it encompasses many forms of innovation including radical innovation, incremental innovation and adaptive innovation, giving short examples of each.

2mins 37secs | David Ockwell | Further reading

What are Innovation Systems?

David Ockwell defines innovation systems, the context in which all technological changes happen, and highlights some key components such as actors, networks and relationships.

1min 25secs | David Ockwell | Further reading

What are socio-technical innovation systems?

Rob Byrne explains how socio-technical innovation system theory brings together ideas from innovation system and transitions theory, and takes into account a wide range of actors and relationships in order to foster innovation promoting sustainable outcomes.

1min 23secs | Rob Byrne | Further reading

What are socio - technical innovation systems?
(garden analogy)

Rob Byrne uses a garden analogy to explain how socio-technical innovation system theory looks beyond the traditional focu on economic growth, of innovation systems theory to promote sustainable outcomes. 

2min 37secs | Rob Byrne | Further reading

Innovation and MECS

Rob Byrne explains why the socio-technical innovation systems approach is useful to the MECS programme and its aims to change the narrative around modern energy cooking. 

3mins 3secs | Rob Byrne

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