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 Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Professor,  University of Johannesburg


Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Chairholder of a… (more)

Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Chairholder of a Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. The Research Chair is based at the University of Johannesburg, and a partnership with the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Kenya, and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.

Initially trained as an economist, I hold a Master’s in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, and a Doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. I specialize in the analysis of innovation systems and innovation policy in connection to equitable and inclusive development. My research interests also include policy review and evaluation; international cooperation in science, technology and innovation; as well as research excellence. 

Besides my academic work, I have undertaken a range of advisory assignments with international institutions (such as IDRC, UNDP, UNIDO, and UNESCO, among many others). My experience in this area includes the evaluation of strategic innovation-related programmes of international donor organizations, designing and reviewing regional and national STI policies, as well as supporting the implementation of innovation strategies in African countries. In South Africa, I provide frequent advice on innovation policy to the South African government on various platforms. I am an editor and regular reviewer of multiple international scientific journals. I am also a member of research networks on innovation and development – such as the current President of Globelics, advisory board member of Africalics and Steering Committee member of OpenAIR.