Innovation and development

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Pinni B building, 3rd floor, Meeting room 3032, TaSTI, address: Kanslerinrinne 1


Namibian Smart community project, TaSTI

Co-creation of Namibian Smart community* -symposium 1.
12:00 – 12:15
Dr. Mika Kautonen (University of Tampere) introduces the Namibian Smart community project*
12:20 – 13:00
Dr. Lauri Hooli (University of Turku) introduces his thesis:  
Adaptability, transformation and complex changes in Namibia and Tanzania: Resilience and innovation system development in local communities.
(Annales Universitatis Turkuensis, ser. 321, Turku 2016)
Thesis is a research about the recent complex spatial changes in Namibia and Tanzania and local communities’ capacity to cope with, adapt to and transform the unpredictability engaged to these processes. It scrutinises the concept of resilience and its potential application to explaining the development of local communities in Namibia and Tanzania when facing various social, economic and environmental changes.
The research questions are:
•    What are the main spatial changes and their impact on the study areas?
•    What are the adaptation, transformation and resilience processes of the studied local communities?
•    How are innovation systems developed and what is their impact on the resilience of the studied local communities?
Four ethnographic case studies concern environmental change, global tourism and innovation system development in Namibia and Tanzania.
13:00 - 14:00
Open discussion about the business oriented development policies and innovation based approach in developing country environment.
14:00 – 14:15 Wrap-up
*Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community [SmartCom] research project aims to combine the development and business goals in the context of African urban development. The project studies, through a practical engagement, especially the concepts of responsible, inclusive and systemic innovation. There are parallel research and business processes going on to both design and build Smart Communities and to study how the concept can be further developed in responsible, inclusive and systematic way in Namibia. The research project (2016–2018) is funded by the National Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and by participating Finnish research partners and business organisations. Research project partners are TaSTI, University of Tampere (coordinator of the research project), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and National University on Science and Technology, Namibia (NUST)
Welcome to discuss! (In English or Finnish, depending on participants)


For more information, please contact:
Senior researcher Mika Raunio, 050 318 6197