Erika Kraemer-Mbula


Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula leads the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. She is currently a Professor of Economics at the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg. Erika holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She specialises in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy analysis and innovation systems in connection to equitable and sustainable development. She has held a number of research positions in the UK, at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) and the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU). In South Africa, she has been a researcher at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at Tshwane University of Technology, and is associated to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). In addition, she is in the Presidential team of Globelics, member of the scientific board of Africalics and member of the Steering Committee of the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) Partnership, among other networks. She is also a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

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