Carla Alvial Palavicino


Carla is an interdisciplinary researcher from Chile with a background in innovation policy, future studies and socio-technical transformation.

Her work centres on connecting research with problems in the real world, learning from practitioners and facilitating processes of transdisciplinary collaboration.

Trained as a molecular biologist, she has a Masters on Sustainability from the University of Tokyo and a PhD on Governance of Innovation from the University of Twente.

Carla has worked within the private sector, supporting the development of social innovations in renewable energy, and innovation policy in the public sector, and as a consultant.

Within TIPC, she has worked on understanding the processes, capabilities and tools that can help people, organizations and systems to transform.

She is passionate about open science, team work, and all transformations that can help research and universities become active participants of society.

She has worked in Japan at the University of Tokyo and at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Carla also has experience in the private sector (energy) as well as in the public sector (science, technology, and innovation policy).

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