16TH Globelics: Call for Papers


The 16th Globelics international Conference will be hosted and organized by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI), from October 24th -27th,2018 in Accra, Ghana. 


The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS) is an open and diverse community of scholars working on innovation and competence building in the context of economic development. The major purpose of the network is to contribute to building capacity and create a forum for exchange worldwide in the innovation and development research field. It was conceived at the very beginning of the new millennium. Inspired by the work of Christopher Freeman and Richard Nelson, the network was initially built on conversations among scholars in the South and in the North and developed by economists and experts in innovation systems.  

Over time, the network has integrated expertise from a wider social science background and experts on broader aspects of development. The network comprises of more than 2000 scholars engaged in research on how innovation and competence building contribute to economic and sustainable development. The network is open and diverse in terms of disciplines, perspectives and research tools. The Network has various events including PhD academies and Conferences. The Conference, which is an annual event is a natural incubator for international research projects and a meeting place where project groups with worldwide participation meet, present and coordinate their research work. The Conference brings together over 300 leading and young scholars from all over the world and aims at building research capacity and orienting research toward the local challenges of the host country. 

The Globelics International Conference 2018 The 16th Globelics Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana, hosted by the CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) at Mensvic Grand Hotel in collaboration with Africalics.  

Ghana is the fourth African country after South Africa, Senegal and Ethiopia to host the GLOBELICS annual Conference. This presents an opportunity to showcase Ghana, a politically stable country, which is currently undergoing transformation to modernise its economy and create jobs. There is a government agenda to create an industry in every district to generate jobs and improve livelihoods especially in the rural areas. The output of the Conference is expected to contribute immensely to the  options of the government in achieving this flagship project dubbed “one district one factory”. 

The Conference will combine plenary sessions, presentations of research papers in parallel tracks, thematic panel sessions, special sessions, poster presentations, symposia and exhibition on industrial research in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world, as well as presentations on innovative start-ups, sightseeing and cultural tours.  


The main Conference theme for Globelics 2018 is

“Innovation, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Strengthening Institutions for Greater Relevance, Effectiveness and Inclusivity”.

The Conference invites papers addressing the role of different types of actors such as the State, local or traditional authorities, global networks, universities and research institutions, private sector, non-governmental organisations / civil society organisations and media in generating innovation, building capacity and strengthening institutions for sustainable development and inclusive growth. In particular, it aims to explore new approaches to understand innovation and institutional transformation within countries, across different economic sectors, and different operational levels (macro, meso and micro), without losing sight of contextual gender disparities.  The Conference will also consider the need to tackle new challenges relating to innovation and capacity building in addition to inclusive development in knowledge and political systems. The Conference also welcomes papers studying how development policies can be implemented at different levels and across different countries to innovate out of emerging crisis of climate change, “resource curse”, youth unemployment, poverty, health and gender inequalities. 

Conference Tracks Accepted papers will be organized around parallel paper tracks encompassing the following subthemes: 

  1. Science, technology, innovation and the sustainable development goals: Policy and Practice
  2. Agricultural innovation systems: Addressing the poverty challenge
  3. University relationships with industry, policy and society: the developmental university
  4. Intellectual property rights, open innovation and development
  5. National, regional and local innovation systems
  6. Renewable energy: innovating inclusive and resilient infrastructure
  7. Sectoral innovation systems: technology policy and catch-up
  8. Creative industries, smart cities and sustainable urban development
  9. Trade, FDI, value chains and innovation networks
  10. Entrepreneurship, youth employment and innovation management
  11. The role of innovation in overcoming the resource curse: prescriptive models for sustainable growth 12. Innovation for Inclusive development: Indigenous knowledge, informal economy and micro and small enterprises
  12. The gender dimension of innovation and development
  13. Improving the quality of life: Sustainable healthcare, water and sanitation innovation systems
  14. Empirical methodologies, data requirements, indicators, different approaches and methodologies

Important Dates

Call for Papers January 19, 2018

Open for Submission of Papers February 26, 2018

Deadline for Submission of Papers April 1, 2018

Acceptance Notification May 14, 2018

Application for Travel Support February 1, 2018

Deadline for Application for Travel Support April 1, 2018

Response to Applicants for Travel Support May 15, 2018

Conference Registration June 15, 2018 Conference registration deadline July 15, 2018

Last Date for Upload of Final Version of Paper September 15, 2018 

Paper Submission

We encourage scholars in the scientific institutions, universities, private enterprises and public sector institutions to take this opportunity to present their work under the sub-themes to leading scholars in the field of innovation and development. We especially encourage young researchers/ lecturers to submit papers in the relevant sub-thematic tracks.  

Papers for oral presentations and poster presentation must be written in English, and the selected ones must be presented at the conference in English. Submission of full paper (in PDF) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) should be made from February 26, 2018 via the online submission form available at the Conference website, www.globelicsconference2018.org. Papers must be submitted not later than April 1, 2018.  

The selection of papers is based on a peer review process that focuses on relevance, academic quality and originality. Globelics reserves the right to use available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in such cases. 

Travel Support

Faculty members and PhD students from developing countries with accepted papers to the conference can apply for travel support. Application for travel support must be submitted at the same time as submission of paper (not later than April 1, 2018). Further information on procedure for application of travel support is available on the Conference website.  

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

George O. Essegbey, Director of CSIR-STEPRI; Chairman of the LOC  Godfred K. Frempong, Deputy Director, CSIR-STEPRI; Vice-Chairman of the LOC Justina A. Onumah, Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI; PhD Candidate, University of Ghana, Masahudu Fuseini, Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI Wilhemina Quaye, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI  Adelaide Agyeman, Principal Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI Charity Osei-Amponsah, Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw, Senior Research Scientist, CSIR-STEPRI Oswald Nyimebaare, Principal Accountant, CSIR-STEPRI, Adelaide Asante, Liaison Officer, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation  

Scientific Committee

José Cassiolato, Globelics Secretariat, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil K.J. Joseph, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), India Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark Ann Kingiri, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya Erika Kraemer-Mbula, University of Johannesburg, South Africa Susan Cozzens, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA  Edward Lorenz, University of Côte d’Azur, France Alexandre Vera Cruz, UAM, Mexico Carlos Bianchi, Universidad de la República, Uruguay Cristina Chaminade, Lund University, Sweden Gabriel Yoguel, National University of General Sarmiento, Argentina Jun Jin, School of Management, Zhejiang University, China Kassahun Yimer Kebede, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopia Keun Lee, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea  Marcela Suarez, Freie Universita╠łt Berlin, Germany Marina Szapiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Michiko Iizuka, UNU-MERIT, Netherlands Miranda Risang, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia Oluseye Jegede, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria Rasmus Lema, Aalborg University, Denmark Judith Sutz, Scientific Research Council of the University de la República, Uruguay Mammo Muchie, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa Yannis Caloghirou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece Franco Malerba, Bocconi University, Italy Rasigan Maharajh, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa Gabriela Dutrenit, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México Margrethe Holm Andersen, Aalborg University, Denmark Felix Ankomah Asante, Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana Stella Ama Ennin, CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Ghana George Owusu Essegbey, CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana 

Globelics Secretariat 

José Cassiolato (Secretary General) Professor, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Marina Szapiro, Professor, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Marcelo Matos, Professor, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Maria Gabriela Podcameni, Researcher/Professor, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Cecilia Tomassini, Researcher, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Israel Sanches Marcellino, Researcher, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  João Marcos Hausmann Tavares, Researcher, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Manuel Gonzalo, Researcher, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (UNGS) & REDESIST/IEUFRJ  Maria Martha de Brito, Researcher, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Max Humbert Santos, ICT Coordinator, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Fabiane Moraes, Administrative Management, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Tatiane Moraes, Administrative Management, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  Eliane Alves de Souza, Administration Assistant, REDESIST/IE-UFRJ  


The 16th Globelics International Conference is sponsored by:

• SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sweden)

• The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

• The Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI)

• Ghana`s Ministry for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), 

Other Sponsors will be confirmed subsequently. 


For Further Information :

Please visit the Conference website: www.globelicsconference2018.org  

And for any further enquiries regarding the Conference, you can as well contact us via:  

Conference email address: info@globelicsconference2018.org 

CSIR-STEPRI Director`s email address: director@csir-stepri.org

Telephone numbers: +233 (0)302-773856; +33 (0)302-779401