Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

From May 2019
THA Thematic Research Groups
have changed their title towill be known as
THA Special Interest Groups



The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a small group of international researchers, practitioners, and policy makers who are members of the THA, sharing a common thematic interest/expertise, and committed to work together to develop and deliver research, projects, publications, and policy advice in their specific TH sub-domain.


Innovation Policy Implementation NEXUS (INNOPIN)
Triple Helix Actors, Governance and the Region (THARG)
Science Parks and Incubators
Knowledge and Technology Transfer
University-Industry Partnerships
Entrepreneurial Universities
National Innovation Systems and Models.

To stimulate new knowledge generation, codification, dissemination and exploitation in specific sub-fields of the TH model and theory, thus enhancing the scientific depth, the academic and practitioner debate, and supporting the translation of knowledge into practical achievements.


  • To develop the specific TH sub-fields that underpin the SIG with new theoretical perspectives and practical international examples/cases.
  • To catalyze international excellence in research and innovation around the SIG activities and the THA.
    To proactively look for opportunities to finance the SIG research agenda (such as EU/international funded projects, sponsored research, etc.).
  • To support the THA in codifying and spreading the SIG results/findings /outputs.


  • To be at the core of the international debate on TH and be known by the wide THA liked minded community.
  • To access a well-recognized international network of excellence.
  • To set up cooperation with new professionals (scholars, practitioners and policy makers) eager to advance the knowledge and practice in your same specialization field.
  • To increase your chance to raise EU and international financial resources to support you/your organization research/activities.


  • To act as a focused discussion group inside the Association, responsible for the development and delivery of research activities in specific TH sub-domains.
  • To develop joint research/papers/publications, and policy consultation projects.
  • To prepare bids engaging with your own organization and other group members or external organizations. The THA should always be involved as a partner in the bid with a dissemination role.
  • To lead and/or contribute in the design and implementation of THA special events and trainings, conferences, printed and web-based publications, specialized webinars, summer schools, policy implementation workshops, moderation of thematic workshops, plenary sessions at the annual TH conference meetings, or other academic and practitioner events.


Each THA-SIG will comprise self–selected THA members that have formally joined the Thematic Group, and co-opted experts in each respected field that are known world-wide for their leadership in theory and practice. Individual SIGs will be encouraged to reach out to other academic and practitioner’s forums in order to bring cutting edge knowledge and expertise in the relevant field.



SIG on Innovation Policy Implementation Nexus (INNOPIN)
Conveners: Dimitri Corpakis and Emanuela Todeva

The Innovation Policy Implementation Nexus (INNOPIN) aims to:

  • Carry out specific analyses on thematic areas, where the Innovation Policy Implementation Nexus is set to be significantly reinforced through the Triple Helix.
  • Stimulate a systematic exchange of best practice.
  • Provide a critical appraisal of the process under which innovation policy is designed and delivered, in particular in public policy settings, where Triple Helix interactions are thought to play a major role.

Action Plan 2019-2020

In order to advance its agenda, it is proposed that members of the INNOPIN SIG put forward a series of short working papers (3-5 pages) to the conveners (Dimitri Corpakis/Emanuela Todeva) linked with the Innovation Policy Implementation Nexus. Papers should address definition and methodological issues, identify determinants of the innovation policy process as well as enablers and barriers in the overall context of public policy. The particular roles of universities and businesses (big and small) should attract particular attention in the process, as well as the role of government. Illustrative case-studies are particularly welcome.
The process will be enhanced by the deployment of at least six (6) related webinars along the period of the next eighteen months. By the end of the year (2019), a first version of a Green Paper should have been produced in a co-creation process. This Green Paper will then be subject to debate and interactions by the INNOPIN community. At the end of 2020, a White Paper based on this process will be established.

In-between, particular sessions could take place within the context of the different THA Conferences, Summits and Workshops. These sessions will provide valuable feedback to the SIG outcomes. In this context we list here a number of short and medium-term activities planned:

  • A webinar related to the challenges for Innovation policy implementation.
  • A workshop on the policy mixes at the intersection on innovation policy and smart specialisation policy – ‘Innovative Place-Based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialisation Strategies’.
  • Organise a roundtable discussion for policy makers on ‘Activating the Cross-Over between Smart Specialisation and Innovation Policies – Actors and Challenges’
  • Facilitate the publication of best practice cases of policy implementation in a rapidly changing innovation ecosystems.

To join this SIG contact:
*email address protected* / *email address protected*


SIG on Entrepreneurial Universities
Conveners: Yuzhuo Cai and Karen Barranon

The vision of the SIG on Entrepreneurial Universities is to enhance both studies and entrepreneurial practices of universities around the world though promoting inter/multi-disciplinary scholarly research and collaboration between scholars and practitioners in the field. The group will focus on identifying major challenges/gaps in entrepreneurial university practice and research, and then will strive to address these challenges and to bridge the gaps with enhanced research and practice. We aim to address a broad range of questions which include:

  • Is the theory of the entrepreneurial university in adolescence or childhood?
  • What are the divergent theoretical perspectives on the entrepreneurial university?
  • Can all universities be entrepreneurial?
  • What are the lead practices of entrepreneurship in and out of the universities around the world?
  • Are we in an era that all university reforms aim at building entrepreneurial university?
  • What are the dangers of misuse of the entrepreneurial university concept in university reforms?
  • What is the role of the entrepreneurial university beyond its contribution to technology transfer and regional engagement and development?
  • Can an entrepreneurial university lead regional Triple Helix?
  • What is the nature of the academic work in an entrepreneurial university?
  • What are the foundations for achieving an entrepreneurial university?

The group will enhance discussion, debate, and cross-fertilization of ideas and will contribute to the development of excellence in the field of entrepreneurial universities through collaborative research publications, special events, workshops and webinars. We aspire to foster theoretical developments and practical achievements by means of research projects and implementation practice – as an open multidisciplinary professional society.

Action Plan 2019-2020

Conduct a literature research and organise a workshop on social responsible entrepreneurial university in the HEX4EU project.
Publish a special issue on Industry and Higher Education in Innovation Eco-system for Sustainability.
Participate in various funding applications.
Organise a special session on the role of the university in innovation eco-system at the upcoming Triple Helix Conference 2020.

To join this SIG contact:
*email address protected* / *email address protected*


SIG on Innovation Systems and Models

Call for Contributions for Edited Book on Triplehelixising Innovation Ecosystems

The Special Interest Group (SIG) of Triple Helix Association on Innovation Systems and Models is now inviting chapters and research contributions on ‘How to design innovation ecosystem and models under philosophy to triple helix’.

The write-ups or contributions must discuss various components of innovations systems and models having elements of the triple helix approach. Case studies, concepts, models and research on the stated concepts are invited in main five areas including:

  1. Triplehelixising Innovation System,
  2. Triplehelixising Government,
  3. Triplehelixising Industries,
  4. Triplehelixising Academia and, last but not least,
  5. Triplehelixising Support Services.


Registration and Concept Submission May 2019
First Draft Submission October 2019

Please send you initial concept to *email address protected*, 092003214917181, and get registered as a writer/contributor.

Concept of Book

One of the development bottlenecks in socioeconomic sustainable growth of countries and regions is the absence of policy coherence. The policy coherence can positively affect the stakeholders in the entire chain of development. The misalignment across the sectors and actors causes failure of many good initiatives. Overall innovation ecosystems remain poor inspite of very good initiatives taken separately in education, industrial or the public sector.

This research aims to produce a guiding knowledge on how to Triplehelixize innovation ecosystems of a country, region, city, or district by developing alignment of academia, industry, government and other stakeholders. The law, policies and procedural guidelines must consider the joint efforts of them and include the detailed analysis of effects on each actor involved in the development process.

The education sector assumes the job of teaching, research and, in many cases, provides a launching platform for startups. Industry gives employment, provides funding, and generates economic activities. Government looks to foster sustainability and collects revenue to runs public operations and support development. The innovation ecosystem based on the triple helix approach will have value for each player across the virtuous circle. Education policies will help industry to generate economic activities and give employment, and industrial policies will ensure a good revenue for the state. Both industry and government policies can push new research and education trends. The triple helix version of polices can cyclically impact every part of the development chain positively and contribute in the overall growth of society.

Special Interest Groups (former Thematic Research Groups), THA

The Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Triple Helix Association work for research and development on innovation ecosystems and models. The SIG aims to launch academic discussion on various interventions to produce policy research on resonance innovation ecosystems for today’s socioeconomic sustainability challenges. We plan to study innovations systems, regional innovation systems, cross-country comparisons and how innovation systems of country, region, districts and towns help in gaining competitiveness.


Registration and Concept Submission May 2019
First Draft Submission October 2019
Reviewing and Revision December 2019
Final Submission May 2020
Publishing of Book
December 2020

Areas of Contribution

The editors have launched the call for contribution to compile the book. We invite case studies, concepts, models. and research on the stated concepts. Broadly we are looking for write ups in main five areas such as:

Area 01- Triplehelixising Innovation System

  • Triple Helix and Governance
  • The Innovation System based on Triple Helix Philosophy
  • Triple Helix Case Studies of Countries and Regions
  • Triple Helix Case Studies of Firms and Institutions
  • Transition from Disintegrated to Triple Helix Led Innovation System

Area 02- Triplehelixising Government

  • Economic Policies having Triple Helix Impact
  • Public Policies having Triple Helix Impact
  • The Law and Legislation having Triple Helix Impact
  • Intermediately Interventions to Promote Triple Helix Led Growth
  • Government Services to Promote Triple Helix Working

Area 03- Triplehelixising Industries

  • Industrial policies having Triple Helix Impact
  • Industrial Bodies having Triple Helix Interventions
  • Incentive Systems to Drive Industries for Academic Collaboration
  • Training of Industrial Human Resource on Triple Helix Model
  • Industrial Growth Models Based on Triple Helix Approach

Area 04- Triplehelixising Academia

  • Triple Helix and Entrepreneurial Academia
  • Triple Helix Led Governance of Higher Education
  • Capacity of Faculty on Triple Helix Approach
  • Exercising Triple Helix in Teaching and Research
  • Assessment of Universities on Triple Helix

Area 04- Triplehelixising Innovation Support Services

  • Triple Helix oriented Technology Foresight
  • Triple helix based IP Systems and Funding, Technology Commercialization

Other related topics are welcome. Email your initial concept to:
*email address protected*.



Mr Rahmat Ullah
*email address protected*

Rahmat Ullah is a research scholar in management with specialized focus on innovation, triple helix and technology development. He is also working under the capacity of the Secretary General of the South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA). He has managed the development of a number of technologies and initiated many industries-driven projects in universities in Pakistan. Mr Rahmat is a regular trainer in research methods, and consultant for innovation and technology development for academia, industry, and R&D organizations. Currently, he serves the Institute of Research Promotion as a chief coordinator and Manager ORIC, University of Manage-ment and Technology.

Professor Luiz Márcio Spinosa
*email address protected*

Luiz Márcio Spinosa is a ffull professor and researcher at Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (BR), and Innovation Coordinator in the Brazilian Institute for Quality and Productivity (BR). His research focuses on the understanding of regional and national innovation eco-systems; new innovation paradigms; innovation eco-systems policies, management practices and processes. He has over twenty years of experience in managing innovation agency, technopark, R&D institute, and several national and international projects, as well as registration of software, systems and databases.

Professor Emanuela Todeva
*email address protected*

Emanuela Todeva is a leading academic at the School of Management and Social Sciences at St Mary’s University, UK, and directs the BCNED research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, a Senior Consultant to the European Commission, Institute of Prospective Technologies with commissioned work on evaluation of National Innovation Systems and Mapping of Global Value Chains.




Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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