Mart Laatsit


18 November 2021, 12:00


MS Teams


This talk presents the work of the Innovation Policy theme at CIRCLE. This theme studies the changing landscape for policy making and develop new approaches to guide the 21st century innovation policy. They identified three trends in policy that are of particular importance:

  • a strong shift to the third generation of innovation policies – the transformative innovation policy
  • an increasing focus to move from partial policies to holistic innovation policy
  • a remarkable revival of interest towards mission-oriented innovation policies

The purpose of the research theme is to develop an ambitious and forward-looking research agenda to study these issues and aims to:

  • create a forum for discussing the emerging topics in innovation policy.
  • engage in a dialogue with policy makers in Europe and beyond.
  • develop international cooperation with renowned research centres across the world.
  • co-develop funding proposals based on the participants’ common interests.


Mart is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Lund University.  He leads the innovation policy group at the Centre for Innovation Research (CIRCLE) and teaches at Copenhagen Business School. His focus is on the new perspectives for innovation policy, such as experimentation, transformative and mission-oriented policies. Previously Mart served as the head of innovation policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Estonia and managed the EU taskforce on innovation procurement.

Mart holds a PhD degree in Innovation Policy from the Copenhagen Business School and a MA degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. In 2017 he was a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management.