Integrated Phd Researcher

Isabel Salavisa

research interests

Economics of innovation. Transitions to sustainability and innovation.

Short Bio

ISABEL SALAVISA is Full Professor of Economics at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, in Lisbon, and Vice-Rector for Research of ISCTE-IUL (since 2018).

Her research is conducted at DINAMIA’CET-IUL, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, of which she has been Director (2004-2013) and is joint coordinator of the Research Group ‘Innovation and Labour’. Currently she works in project SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change (2017-2019) – funded by Compete 2020, coordinated by CITTA (UPorto) with the participation of GOVCOPP (UAveiro) and DINAMIA´CET-IUL.


She is advisor to the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence on “Labour, Welfare and Social Rights in Europe” (2018-2021).

Her research subjects comprise economics of innovation; transitions and sustainability; and Welfare State policies in Europe. She coordinated and participated in a large number of projects.

She wrote, edited and contributed to a number of books, published articles and presented papers in a great deal of conferences. She has supervised PhD. dissertations and taught mostly Economics of Innovation, Economics and Policies of the EU, and Sustainability Policies. She is a member of international associations and networks and referee of several international journals.

March 2019

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Research is conducted in project SPLACH – Spatial Planning for Change (2017-2020), which aims at contributing to the design of transformative policies, able to guide Portuguese planning practice towards a low carbon and social inclusive urban system.

The project gathers three research centres - CITTA (Univ. Oporto), DINÂMIA-CET (ISCTE-IUL) and GOVCOPP (Univ. Aveiro) and is funded by Compete 2020.

The approach draws mostly on economics of innovation and sociotechnical transitions to sustainability literature.

Previous research was developed in project TESS (2011-2014), funded by FCT, and focused on the Portuguese energy system transition to sustainability.

Research on Welfare State is Europe has also been carried out. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence on “Labour, Welfare and Social Rights in Europe” (LAWESRE) (2018-2021).

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

The research carried out is fully integrated in the area of Innovation and Knowledge. In recent years, it has contributed to reorient this area to the theme of transition to sustainability, through the launching of a structuring project (TESS Project). At present, it is carried out in the SPLACH Project, which addresses the transition to sustainability of urban systems, and particularly the food system transformation in metropolitan areas. 

Marques, P. and Salavisa, I. (2017), “Young people and dualization in Europe: A fuzzy set analysis”, Socio-Economic Review, 15(1), pp. 135-160. DOI: 10.1093/ser/mww038

Main publications

Valente, A.C., Salavisa, I. and Lagoa, S. (2016), “Work-based Cognitive Skills and Economic Performance in Europe”, European Journal of Innovation Management. 19(3), pp. 383-405. DOI: 10.1108/EJIM-07-2014-0073

Salavisa, I., Sousa, C. (2014), “Innovation Strategies and Network Configurations in Knowledge-Intensive Services”, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol.5, Nos. 4-5. pp. 458-480. DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2014.064155

Salavisa, I. and Fontes, M. (eds.) (2012), Social Networks, Innovation and the Knowledge Economy, Londres, Routledge.

Isabel Salavisa Lança (2001), Mudança Tecnológica e Economia: Crescimento, competitividade e indústria em Portugal, Oeiras, Celta Editora, XIV + 342 p.

Main projects

SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change. Funded by Compete 2020. POCI-01-0145-FEDERT-016431 (2017-2019)

TESS - Transition to an environmentally sustainable energy system - The role of technology-intensive firms in the commercialization of emerging energy technologiesFunded by FCT - PTDC/CS-ECS/113568/2009 (2011-2014)

ENTSOCNET - Entrepreneurs' social networks and knowledge access: the case of biotechnology and software. Funded by FCT - POCI/ESC/60500/2004 (2005-2009)

CREATCITY - A Governance Culture for the Creative City: Urban Vitality and International Networks. Funded by FCT - PTDC/AUR/65885/2006 (2007-2010)

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