Date of the sub-plenary: July 7, 2022

Format: Roundtable

Duration: 90 minutes


Andrea Jiménez

Andrea Jiménez is a Lecturer in Information Management at the Information School's University of Sheffield. Her research is centred on the larger geopolitical dimension of innovation discourses embedded in the international development sector. She draws on critical perspectives such as intersectional feminism, decolonial approaches, and data justice and has conducted research in Zambia, Peru and the UK. 


Alejandra Boni

Alejandra Boni is Professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia and Deputy Director of Ingenio (CSIC-UPV).  Her main areas of research are formative evaluation, learning, human development, grassroots social innovation and participatory action research. She convenes the CYTED netwok Multidimensional Analysis of university-society interactions to enhance well-being in Iberoamerica (2018-2022) which includes 13 institutions. She has been the principal researcher in several research projects on grassroots innovation, development education and human development and has led contracts with local and regional authorities to design policy strategies using participatory design methods. She was involved in research projects and trainings in different European countries, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Nigeria


Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith is Professor of Technology & Society at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. His research analyses the politics and governance of innovation for sustainability, and has involved studies and collaborations with colleagues in Latin America, Europe, India and China. One important strand to this research has involved us working with grassroots movements and their novel initiatives in sustainability; exploring to what extent these activities constitute alternative approaches in innovation, and with what implications for social change.


The feasibility and desirability of endless economic growth is increasingly being questioned by scholars and activists. While envisioning alternative economic models is key to assure the sustainability and wellbeing of present and future generations, few studies have analysed what might be the role of ‘innovation’ in a post-growth era. Innovating has become the imperative for the survival and expansion of any form of organisation. This sub-plenary starting point is that untangling innovation from growth is key to imagining a post-growth era. If growth is going to be unsustainable, we need new narratives as well as new innovation practices and policies that would accordingly also have to change and increase the scope of the innovation concept itself, beyond technology, into cultural and institutional change, and indeed social life and social order. The STS community has only recently begun to get involved in the debates about post-growth and de-growth. STS contributions may enrich the ways in which we imagine and configure STI systems, which are in turn crucial for enabling a sustainable future and an adaptation to the challenges of the climate crisis. But how science and technology will look like in a system that is not based, and doesn’t not rely, on endless growth? Under which conditions STI without growth would be able to flourish? What levels of technological complexity can we reach in a non-growing economy? What policies, infrastructures and organizational forms are needed or are more likely to facilitate a post-growth innovation era? Questions that have been so far rarely asked within STS and STI circles are now at the heart of what this sub-plenary will address.


Mario Pansera
University of Vigo

Mario Pansera is currently employed as Distinguished Researcher by the UVIGO. He’s also affiliated Researcher at the Autonoma University of Barcelona. His work focuses on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Innovation for degrowth/postgrowth. He gained a PhD in Management at the University of Exeter Business School in 2014. He worked as a research fellow at the University of Bristol from 2017 to 2020. Mario is honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol and international faculty at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he teaches Responsible Innovation in the ExeMBA.