Ismael Rafols has organized Workshop: S&T and Innovation Indicators in Peripheries / Maastricht University, 13-14 January 2016


This workshop aims to stimulate reflection on the challenges posed to Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) indicator design and use in geographical, cognitive or social spaces that are peripheral or marginal to the centres of economic, scientific or technological activity. We propose to identify, describe and analyse the problems that emerge in situations and spaces where indicators are used beyond their scope of validity.

The workshop will consider various perspectives and types of peripheral spaces. In the global economy, some geographical regions are often conceived as peripheral. Developing countries have long been described as ‘the’ peripheries, but within every geographical territory we can also encounter peripheral zones (e.g., Southern European and Eastern European countries as peripheral to the European Union).

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