Guest Editors
Rhiannon Pugh, Uppsala University
Yuzhuo Cai, Tampere University

The Triple Helix thesis posits that for innovation and economic development outcomes at the local, regional, and national scale, universities, industry and government, need to work together and form strong partnerships and co-operation. Evidence is cited of regions, institutions, and indeed nations, that have successfully harnessed the power of the Triple Helix to bring about economic growth in the knowledge economy, the most commonly cited examples being the global exemplar regions such as Silicon Valley,
Route 128, and Cambridge, UK. This is partnered by in-depth studies of particular programmes, interventions, or institutions, that have successfully engaged in this sphere of activity.

However, whilst Triple Helix relationships and spaces are commonly discussed and heralded as the key to economic success, there is little actual investigation of what these interactions look like at the individual level, and what the reality of implementing the Triple Helix actually looks like ‘on the ground’.

There is relatively little research in opening up the black box of the Triple Helix to examine the relationships and experiences therein. This Special Issue attempts to redress that balance, and uncover the experience of those working on the coalface of the Triple Helix trying to manage those relationships and ensure productive outcomes. It aims to link up different levels of analysis, as well as shine a light on an often-overlooked area of study into individual engagement in Triple Helix activities.

Contributions from a range of fields and perspectives are welcomed, which illuminate the role of individuals within the Triple Helix. More specifically, we would be particularly keen to explore – albeit not exclusively – the following topics:

– What theoretical/conceptual frameworks can help better understanding individual engagement in Triple Helix activities?

– Who are the key individual actors engaged in the Triple Helix
interactions and what are their major activities?

– How could the analysis of Triple Helix activities at the individual
level, and studies at the policy and organisational levels, supplement each other?

– How to design the policy and organizational structures to facilitate the individuals’ involvement and engagement in Triple Helix activities?

– What are the roles of students in their contribution to innovation from the perspective of Triple Helix model?

– What challenges are confronted by academics when engaging in university-industry collaboration activities?

– What are the conflicting norms and cultures for individuals engaging in Triple Helix activities?

We welcome submissions on these topics, or indeed other interesting dimensions of individuals’ participation in the Triple Helix from international colleagues. Please submit an extended abstract of five pages (maximum) to the guest editors by 31 March 2016.

Please contact the guest editors if you require further information, or would like to discuss the suitability of a potential contribution : *email address protected*; or *email address protected*