Nuno Boavida

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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My PhD research focuses on filling a gap in the existing knowledge about the way that indicators and other evidences are used in important innovation decisions, such as in policy-making, R&D departments of innovative companies and public research settings. The research used a combination of methods to collect quantitative and qualitative information, such as surveys, case studies and social network analyses. The results suggest the use of indicators is different from their real influence in the decisions of technology innovation. In fact, there was an intensive use of indicators in all groups, but it had little influence on the decisions. Their role was mostly symbolic to policymakers and business groups, but varied among researchers. Furthermore, the role of indicators in these decisions depended on the type and phase of the decision and the context and process of construction of evidence. The latter two factors were related to the particular context of each decision maker, the existence of elements of dispute and the controversies that influence the way indicators were introduced in the decision-making process. My present research interests also include policy evaluation, sustainability (e.g. electric mobility and carbon emissions), and technology assessment (in particular, nanotechnology and infrastructures).

Boavida, Nuno and Susana Moretto. 2012. “Innovation Assessment in a Local Branch of a Rail Transport Industry: Case Study," Tecnología Base de la Innovación?, edited by Graciela Ayala Jimênez. Querétaro: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.
Boavida, Nuno; António Moniz, and Manuel Laranja. 2014. “Towards an Assessment of the Portuguese E-Mobility Case: The Mobi-E." Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, edited by Tomáš Michalek, Lenka Hebáková, Leonhard Hennen, Constanze Scherz, Linda Nierling and Julia Hahn, 263-269. Prague: Technology Centre ASCR.
Boavida, Nuno, and António Moniz. 2015. “Technology Assessment in European Countries and Regions Without Parliamentary TA: An Overview of Recent Developments in Europe." Technology Assessment in Japan and Europe, edited by António Moniz and Kumi Okuwada. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing.
Boavida, Nuno, and Stefan Böschen. 2015. “Indicators in Technology Assessment – Passive Choices or Reflected Options?” Parliaments and civil society in Technology Assessments, edited by Tomáš Michalek, and Constanze Scherz. Prague.
Boavida, Nuno. 2015. “The Use and Influence of Indicators in Decisions about Technology Innovation: Quantitative Results from Questionnaires in Portugal." Scientific Knowledge and the Transgression of Boundaries, edited by Bettina Krings, Hannot Rodríguez, and Anna Schleisiek. Berlin: Springer.
Boavida, Nuno. 2011. “Decision Making Processes Based on Innovation Indicators: Which Implications for Technology Assessment?” Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies 7: 33-55. ISSN: 2182-5114.
Abstract: The present work deals with the use of innovation indicators in the decision-making process. It intends to contribute to the discussion on the construction, use and analysis of indicator systems and also to evaluate its weight on decision-making in innovation. The goal is to help understand how innovation indicators can influence technology policy and through it, society at large. This work will start by analysing the use of indicators (their problems and consistency) and other sources of information that contribute to build the opinions of innovation decision makers. This will be followed by a survey and interviews with main innovation actors. The results will shed light on the impact of the use of indicators by the innovation community – both in terms of technology policy and in the social sphere. Proposals and implications for the future will be advanced, hopefully adding new contributions to the governance of the science, technology and innovation field.
"Research and Development Expenditure in the Business Sector as Indicator of Knowledge Economy: The Portuguese Experience N Boavida," A. Moniz IET.
Abstract: The objective of the paper is to help to understand recent changes in the structure of R&D activities, by analyzing data on the expenditure of the business sector in research and development (R&D). The results are framed in an international context, through comparison with indicators from the most developed countries, divided by technological intensity and economic activity. The study reveals that the indicators of Portuguese R&D expenditure in the business sector are closely linked both to fiscal policy and to high foreign direct investment in knowledge-intensive industries. It also links these indicators to phenomena such as the abundance of skilled labor in pharmaceutical industries and the government intervention in some sectors of the economy (namely health and rail transportation).

Substantive Focus:
Science and Technology Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY