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  1. Theoretical foundations and methodological approaches for TH research

    Theories and methods to advance the theoretical understanding of TH approaches and initiatives, included extensions (e.g., quadruple and quintuple helix).

  2. Governance models and policy design for triple helix initiatives in the aftermath of Covid-19

    Empirical evidence and theoretical contributions regarding the governance of TH and the design of related multi-level policies in the post-Covid.

  3. Evaluating the impact of TH initiatives

    Indicators, metrics and novel methods to assess the social, economic and environmental impact of TH models (and their extensions).

  4. Partnerships of emerging actors and hybrid organizations for knowledge co-creation, innovation, and sustainability

    Cases and projects addressing complex cross sectoral and TH (and extensions) partnerships, including spanning organizations and functions, which aim at fostering co-creation of knowledge, innovation and sustainability in different local contexts.

  5. Academic engagement, third mission and the social impact of universities in the aftermath of Covid-19

    Novel approaches and related practices to organize third mission of universities and PROs for the wellbeing of communities in the aftermath of Covid- 19.

  6. Entrepreneurship education in the context of TH approaches

    Entrepreneurship and innovation courses and programmes in the context of TH approaches to enhance soft and transversal skills within and beyond the framework of the Entrepreneurial university.

  7. Boosting social innovation and ecological transition in regional innovation ecosystems

    Social innovation dynamics and ecological transition in regional innovation ecosystems, sustainability, and the relationship with TH (and its extensions).

  8. Connecting and upgrading industrial districts

    Unpacking the weak/missing links between systems of SMEs and universities/PROs, also in the context of global knowledge networks and industrial value chains. Hindering conditions in the exchange and co-creation of knowledge. Supporting factors of connectivity with research and higher education within and throughout TH.

  9. Research in the periphery, striving for global excellence and supporting local development

    The complex relationship between universities/PROs and more peripheral regions in both the Global North and South; universities/PROs finding/losing balance between the search for excellence in national and global academic/research networks and the collaboration with regional stakeholders for local development.

  10. Translational research in health science in the post pandemic world

    The importance of relationships between health science and transnational research, highlighted by the Covid-19 to develop new solutions (e.g., digital medicine) for the well-being of society.

  11. TH partnerships, co-patenting, and market power relations

    Contributions addressing the problems of intellectual property rights concentration and market power relation affecting the production and diffusion of knowledge of universities/PROs, and the possible role of TH partnerships in the management of infrastructures of public knowledge for innovation.

  12. TH contribution to Sustainability and Recovery programmes and policies

    Theoretical and empirical contributions to unpack which roles can TH (and extensions) play within the Recovery programmes that Governments, across both the Global North and South, are designing and implementing to tackle the effects of Covid-19 under objectives of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

  13. The fourth industrial revolution, innovation mega trends and new challenges for TH research in the post pandemic world

    Contributions on innovation mega-trends and cases and practices of digital and green transitions in the aftermath of Covid-19 where TH initiatives (and extensions) give an effective or potential support to new knowledge and responsible innovation.

  14. International integration and local development: the role of universities in connecting local communities with global knowledge networks

    Contributions on models and strategies of universities to connect global knowledge to local communities, to create international research networks and transnational relations.


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University of Florence
Department of Economics and Management

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50127 Florence (Italy)

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50121 Florence (Italy)

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Florence Convention Bureau
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50124 Florence (Italy)