IND+I Science award to Metropolitan Innovation Policies

Source: IND+I

Although it had officially been announced several days ago, the IND+I Science1 awards ceremony took place yesterday, where I received the prize of the category “Metropolitan innovation policies” for my doctoral research on urban commons.

The rest of the awards were for:

  • Sustainable Cities Agenda category: awarded ex-aequo to Jordi Rosell i Segura (UB) for his research “The impact of socioeconomic characteristics on CO2 emissions associated with urban mobility: inequality across individuals “ and to Núria Vallès Peris (UAB) for his research “Designing a Social Robot for a Children’s Hospital. Caring responsibilities of Technological Design in sustainable cities “
  • Innovation and Industry category, awarded to Liliana de Almeida Fonseca (UAB i University of Aveiro) for her research “Universities in Innovation Policy-Design: a review of the participation of external actors in the policy process for the creation of public value “
  • Green Industry category, awarded to Elisenda Jové Llopis (URV) for her research “Eco-strategies and firm growth in SMEs: EU15 and new EU membres “
  • Metropolitan innovation policies, awarded to Carlos Cámara Menoyo (UOC) for research “Urban commons: lessons from Barcelona at the beginning of 21st century “2

During the perfectly organized event, each of the winners was able to briefly present their research, grouped into two blocks, which gave way to two very interesting debates although, as always happens to me in these cases, I had the feeling that they were too brief.

The event served not only to know the other four winners of the other categories and their research (as a tasting) but also to encourage interesting debates and even networking. All very much in line with IND+I’s transfer objectives.

That is why I can only thank the IND+I Science team for several reasons. Firstly, for contributing with prizes and events like this to make science come out of offices and laboratories, reach the general public and, hopefully, can even be applied. Secondly,as Núria Vallès rightly pointed out, because it is a pleasure to see how the work we have been doing for years and which, is very often solitary, raises certain interest for someone. Thirdly, for contributing financially to the promotion of scientific research, which in recent years has suffered significant cuts. Personally, also for giving me the opportunity to make my research known and to meet the other four winners of the other categories and their research. All very much in line with IND+I’s transfer objectives. Last but not least, for the organisation and the care with which we have been treated at all times.

I also take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the members of the PEMB, not only for sponsoring the prize in my category, but also because they were always very interested in my work and its dissemination. I hope to meet you again soon.

Without further ado, I’ll leave you some tweets that summarize part of the intervention and the debate.

  1. IND+I Science is an initiative to promote scientific research and innovation promoted by the Viladecans City Council the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, the Pacte Industrial de la Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona, the Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona and the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose of the University College of London ↩︎

  2. More information on research at doctoral research on urban commons. ↩︎

Carlos Cámara-Menoyo
Carlos Cámara-Menoyo
Architect. PhD. Lecturer. Life-long Learner. Transdisciplinary.

I love learning, teaching and researching, as well as sharing and visualizing data, specially with maps. I have a technical and social background and my multiple research interests are centered around the commodifications between cities, technology and society within informationalism and free culture paradigm. So far, I have applied that approach on the topic of social and spatial inequities.

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