SPIRAL: platform for idea sharing, mentoring and collaboration

SPIRAL is a newly launched publication of the Triple Helix Association, transformed from the earlier Triple Helix Working Papers . SPIRAL, as indicted by its name, is an open innovation platform and for exchanging and growing research ideas, as well as expanding research collaboration. It aims to connect the Triple Helix community and provide a forum for discussion and building new projects and ideas.

Though having good research ideas, many researchers struggle to take them further and eventually develop them as published work for many reasons, such as less maturation of the research ideas (especially when the idea is too innovative), insufficient required knowledge (when the research requires multi-disciplinary perspectives), and lack of time, funding or other resources. SPIRAL is aimed to overcome these challenges using the knowledge and expertise of the Triple Helix Association network.

SPIRAL invites submissions of early research plans on innovation and Triple Helix issues. While the SPIRAL provides a platform for sharing early research ideas, it also helps connect the authors to mentors in related fields for advice. Authors can call for potential collaborators when submitting their research plans. Meanwhile, the SPIRAL platform provides online communication tools for open discussions as members can comment on the published ideas, and connect with one another. Feel free to browse the published ideas and look for potential collaborators.

When submitting a SPIRAL paper, one should follow the SPIRAL editorial guidelines as indicated below. Within one month’s time, the paper will be published or the author will receive comments/suggestions from the SPIRAL chairs or mentors for further improvement. The published SPIRAL papers will be promoted via Triple Helix Association network as well as social media. We aim to make the process and quick and constructive as possible.

SPIRAL editorial guidelines:

A SPIRAL paper should be between 1000-2000 words on topics related to innovation studies and Triple Helix, including the following elements.

  • Title
  • Identification of research problem
  • Motivation
  • Research gap (based on literature)
  • Research purpose/aim
  • One focused research question (addressing the research gap)
  • Possible sub-questions
  • Planned conceptual/analytical framework
  • Possible research method and data collection
  • Expectation for potential collaborators (Optional)



Spiral Chair

Adjunct Prof. Yuzhuo Cai, FINLAND

Yuzhuo Cai is a senior lecturer and adjunct professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland, and was the acting professor of HEG during August 2013-July 2014. He is currently a guest professor at the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University, China. His main teaching and research areas are organisation theory, higher education administration, transformation of universities in innovation systems, and internationalisation of higher education, with extensive publications in the fields.


Spiral Co-Chair

Dr. Rhiannon Pugh, FINLAND

Rhiannon Pugh is a research fellow in economic geography at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden. Previously she worked at Lancaster University and the University of Wales in the UK, and completed her PhD at Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography. Her research focused on the governance of regional economic development, such as innovation and economic development policy, and the role of universities as regional drivers. Her PhD examined twenty years of innovation policy in Wales and reflected on the applicability of key theories of regional innovation in a weaker region setting. She is especially interested in “less-favored” regions such as the post-industrial, weaker, and peripheral.


Spiral Mentors

Dr Christiane Gebhardt, GERMANY

Dr. Gebhardt has been a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association since 1992, and the Associated Editor of the Triple Helix which is a Springeropen Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She holds the position of Vice President at the Malik Institute in Switzerland, an international organization renowned for industry, university and government studies as well as projects based on cybernetics and systems thinking. The focus of her research and work is governance, management of systems and the mastering of complexity. She is also an expert in innovation policy. Dr. Gebhardt earned her degrees at Constance University and Giessen University in Germany. She carried out research at Chicago University and the MIT in the United States of America. Dr. Gebhardt teaches innovation studies in a Master Lab at Heidelberg University.

Anastasia Yarygina, RUSSIA

Anastasia is the specialist in Open Innovation Strategies and Collaborations in Automotive Industry and an Expert in Brand Strategy Development.
For the last 5 years, she has been working in the automotive industry in South Korea. Her experience also covers several years in Venture consulting for innovative hi-tech companies.
She is passioned about new technologies, eco-friendly and smart solutions to accelerate the arrival of Future Mobility and Smart Lifestyle to everyday life. Anastasia’s mission is in connecting new hi-tech ideas with business reality and converting it into tangible outcomes.
Anastasia has MBA degree and graduated with honours as a Master of Science in Innovation Management.
She is an author of several publications and a book about the role of universities in innovation ecosystems.
Anastasia’s area of academic interest lies in following topics: open innovations; collaboration between universities, cities and corporates; collaborations with startups;  automotive industry; future mobility; eco-friendly technologies; smart cities.