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5th IndiaLICS International Conference 2019

Innovation Systems in India: Context and Challenges

August 29-31, 2019


Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India

Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India

Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research, Pune, India


Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India

Call for Papers & Research Proposals

Increasing realisations over perspectives and role of innovations – including but beyond the technological – in impacting economies and societies at the macro, meso and micro levels call for a serious rethink on national, regional and sectoral innovation systems in India. Though there exist policies to address broad issues on innovation, aspects of local and sub-national dynamics are yet to receive due attention, especially in the absence of comprehensive statistics on innovation and related dimensions. Further, innovation potential of subsectors, regions and resources (both physical and knowledge-based) has been poorly articulated as we have limited understanding of interrelationships between diverse stakeholders of science, social-economy and democracy. A common concern is over innovative governance of access and use of resources (particularly, natural) to ensure broad-basing of sustainable production, consumption and conservation.

IndiaLICS is the India chapter of Globelics, an international network of scholars who apply the concept of Learning, Innovation and Competence building System (LICS) as a framework for promoting inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries, emerging economies and societies in transition. IndiaLICS engages in and pro-actively promotes domestic and global exchange of scholarship in innovation systems and the translation of innovation to development outcomes. It organizes seminars/conferences and undertakes capacity building activities as well as research with academics, policy makers, entrepreneurs and workers. For details, please visit:

The Conference aims to be multidisciplinary in its approach by including scholars, practitioners, policy makers and development/civil society organisations. Although the focus is on India lessons from other developing and developed countries shall be discussed in a comparative perspective.

Special sessions are planned for interactions of subject experts with young scholars, practitioners and doctoral students.

Pertinent/Suggestive Themes by Broad Intersectional Categories:

  • National Level:

o          Innovation, trade and development

o          Comprehensive database and indicators of innovations

o          IPRs, standards & regulations

o          Foresights and futures for technology

o          Skills, knowledge and learning – gaps and solutions

o          Innovation activity and firm size in the context of changing technology regimes and market structures

  • Regional/Sub-national Level:

o Global production networks and governance of value chains

o Enterprise-academia-state-society inter-linkages

o State and STI

  • Sectoral/Sub-sectoral Level:

o Skills, knowledge gaps in traditional and modern sectors

o Innovations in agriculture, forestry, livestock and fisheries

o Informal sector and innovation (both rural and urban contexts)

o Innovation in services and business model innovation

o Innovations in social sectors (education, health and water)

  • Overarching Concerns:

o Science, technology and innovation links

o Climate change and protecting the environment

o Gender and innovation

o Inclusive and responsible innovation

These are indicative themes only. Papers beyond these themes shall also be considered.


Pankaj Chandra (Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad)

Parthasarathy Forbes Marshall (Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad)

Conveners and Organising Committee:

Rakesh Basant (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)

Keshab Das (Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad)

Janak Nabar (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research, Pune)

Abrar Ali Saiyed (Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad)

IndiaLICS Scientific Board:

Dinesh Abrol (Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi)

Rakesh Basant (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)

Saradindu Bhaduri (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Sujit Bhattacharya (National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi)

Sachin Chaturvedi (Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi)

Keshab Das (Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad)

K.J. Joseph (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum)

Rishikesha T. Krishnan (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)

Narayanan (Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai)

Rajeswari S. Raina (Shiv Nadar University, Dadri)

Lakhwinder Singh (Punjabi University, Patiala)

Piyush Verma (LM Thapar School of Management, Patiala)

Important New Dates:

  • Submission of Extended Abstracts or Research Proposals by May 31, 2019
  • Information on Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts/Proposals by June 7, 2019
  • Submission of Full Papers by August 7, 2019

Format for Extended Abstract/Research Proposal:

The abstract/proposal (around 1000 words) must be new (neither published nor being submitted/considered for publication elsewhere) and should preferably be organised around the following subsections (a) Central Concerns (b) Methodology/Approach (c) Main Findings (d) Policy Implications (e) Originality/Value (f) Keywords (upto 5). Papers by young scholars are particularly encouraged.

Travel and Hospitality:

Efforts are on to offer travel cost support to participants; details on that shall be conveyed to authors of papers selected. Local hospitality shall be taken care of.


All submissions and correspondences have to be emailed to:


Contact person: Keshab Das (Mobile: 94275 27884)