Manuel Duarte Mendes Monteiro Laranja


Professor / Associate Professor at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management ISEG – University of Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel Laranja graduated in Engineering from the Higher Institute of Technology IST – University of Lisbon. He has an MBA from Warwick University in the UK, and a DPhil on Innovation Policies from SPRU at the University of Sussex, UK.

He was previously Director of the National Innovation Agency Portugal and currently occupies a full time teaching and research position at ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon as Associate Professor for Management and Policies of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

He also worked for more than 10 years as an innovation policy advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office, at the Ministry of Economy and at the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination Commission, in issues relating to the Technology and Industrial Policy and National Strategy for EU Structural Funds.

Manuel currently teaches Industrial Organisation and Strategy, Innovation Management and Innovation Policies and coordinates a Masters on Management and Industrial Strategy. He has published several books and articles in referenced journals such as Research Policy.

His main scientific interests are on Transformative Innovation and Societal change through Innovation and Entrepreneurial Discovery as well as on Transformative Innovation Policies at regional and national to promote transition towards sustainability. He is founder of the ULab ISEG, a TheoryU experimental lab to promote methodologies of support to transformative change in individuals, organisations and the society.

Interests in
Capacitation – development of policy making capacity and tools for transformative innovation policies; Smart specialisation and entrepreneurial discovery for sustainability transitions; Partnerships for regional innovation – PRIs JRC/EU

Open to contact in relation to
Peer learning / Mentoring / Work or consultancy / Research collaboration / Sharing experience and expertise

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