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Analysis of the European Energy Innovation System: Contribution of the Framework Programmes to the EU Policy Objectives

Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, Juan Carlos and Calvo-Gallardo, Elena and Arranz, Nieves (2021) 'Analysis of the European Energy Innovation System: Contribution of the Framework Programmes to the EU Policy Objectives.' Journal of Cleaner Production, 298. p. 126690. ISSN 0959-6526

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This study analyses the properties of the networks constructed by the funded energy-related research consortia to assess their support to the objectives of the European Union’s energy technologies and research policies. By developing research consortia, partners and projects are linked to form a network that generates relationship networks (innovation systems). Although many authors assessed this innovation system from different perspectives, few studies aim to identify the properties of its networks. From the innovation systems perspective, this study fills this gap in the literature by applying Social Network Analysis to determine the network cohesion properties and the centrality measures of its nodes, thereby enlarging the innovation systems literature in the field of modelling and performance assessment. The results indicate that the effectiveness of the innovation systems depends on the geographical distribution of the consortia and the diversity of the participants, revealing significant performance differences in each of the research fields within the energy programme. Based on these conclusions, this paper provides recommendations for policymakers and participants in these European research programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy policy. Research policy. European Union. Seventh Framework Program. Social Network Analysis. Research Networks
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 12:29

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