Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Innovation and Design Policies

About the project

What is innovation policy in a world where innovation already happen in abundance (and whose systemic implications are not always predictable)? How to support innovation in a direction that is meaningful to society? How to engage citizens in shaping the innovation policies and enacting them? In this stream of research we develop new frameworks and tools to support citizens, communities and policy makers create an environment that fosters positive change, with a special focus on design-driven policies.

Title: Innovation and Design Policies in a World Overcrowded by Innovation

Principal Investigators:  Roberto Verganti, Massimo Colombo, Vittorio Chiesa, Cristina Rossi Lamastra.

Researcher team:  Massimo Colombo, Vittorio Chiesa, Claudio Dell’Era, Diletta Di Marco, Federico Frattini, Chiara Franzoni, Massimiliano Guerini, Elena Pellizzoni, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Daniel Trabucchi, Roberto Verganti.

Funders: EU – Trigger

Duration: 2018 – ongoing

Partners: Multiple


  • Daria Tataj and Roberto Verganti, “The European Innovation Council: Strategic Reflections”, in AA.VV., Europe Future: Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World. Reflections of the RISE Group”, European Commission, 130-144, 2017 (ISBN 978-92-79-65567-8, doi: 10.2777/380389).
  • Claudio Dell’Era, Naiara Altuna, and Roberto Verganti “Designing Radical Innovations of Meanings for Society: Envisioning New Scenarios for Smart Mobility”, Creativity and Innovation Management, 2018: 1-14. (DOI: 10.1111/caim.12276)
  • Alessandro Sala, Paolo Landoni, and Roberto Verganti, “Small and Medium Enterprises Collaborations with Knowledge Intensive Services: An Explorative Analysis of the Impact of Innovation Vouchers”. R&D Management, vol. 46, Issue S1, 291-302, 2016
  • Julie Callaert, Paolo Landoni, Bart Van Looy, Roberto Verganti “Scientific yield from collaboration with industry: The relevance of researchers’ strategic approaches”, Research Policy, 44 (4), 990-998, 2015
  • Chiara Franzoni, Cristina Rossi-Lamastra (2017). “Academic tenure, risk-taking and the diversification of scientific research”. Industry & Innovation, 24(7):691-712.
  • Chiara Franzoni, Giuseppe Scellato, Paula Stephan (2011). “Changing Incentives to Publish”. Science. August 5 2011, 333, 702.
  • European Research Infrastructure for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Studies 2 (RISIS 2). EU Infrastructure project no. 824091 (H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1).


  • CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • Leuven University
  • Danish Design Center