Scientific and Technological Networks Evolution: a Chain of Dualities Framework

Andrea Caraffa
Grenoble EM
Monday, 3 June 2013 - 12:00

This work proposes a theoretical framework which integrates the literature on scientific and technological networks’ co-evolution (Murray, 2002), “duality” of people and groups (Breiger, 1974; Lazega et al. 2008), and the “Triple Helix” of innovation (Etzkowitz & Leydesdorff 1997, 2000). The paper highlights: a) how scientific and technological communities evolve, b) what are their point(s) of contact, c) what “avenue” networks allows for the science-technology overlap and co-evolution, and d) how the evolution of these networks may be studied by considering a “chain of dualities” between people, groups/organizations, and their institutional sphere(s). The inter-personal, inter-organizational and inter-institutional spheres are regarded as evolving in an interdependent manner.


Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia | Camino de Vera s/n

Short CV: 

Andrea carries out research on innovation networks addressing societal challenges. He has been based at Grenoble-em and at the European Commission as EU FP7 Marie Curie Researcher, visiting GSI and CERN. He was visiting researcher at Bocconi University. His research has been funded by the European Commission, European Science Foundation, GSI and CERN.

Andrea founded Green Young Economy (GYE) at the intersection of research, innovation and sustainability. He has represented AEGEE at the United Nations, and was involved in activities such as the Rio+20 process.

He has been project contributor, moderator, session organizer, rapporteur and speaker at conferences of organizations such as the European Commission, World Economic Forum, and the United Nations.