Traditionally many OECD countries have relied on a mix of either private, entrepreneurially-led R&D or publicly-funded and delivered technology development.
However, an alternative model sees public-private partnerships (PPPs) supporting the research, development and commercialization of new knowledge and technologies.
This alternative will be the subject of a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia tomorrow, when the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies 2007 Professor-at-Large, Dr Peter W.B. Phillips, presents a talk entitled: "Public private partnerships for research and development".
Dr Phillips, who is Professor of Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan, will critically examine the underpinnings of the traditional models, assess their fit with current needs and identify areas where the new model may be attractive. His talk will also explore the theoretical and practical applications of PPPs in the R&D system.
The free public lecture presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies will be delivered on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at The University of Western Australia’s Geography Lecture Theatre 1, at 6pm.
A former Director of the College of Biotechnology (2002-5), Professor Phillips is an associate member in the Departments of Management and Marketing and Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Previously, he was a Professor in Agricultural Economics and NSERC/SSHRC Chair in Managing Knowledge-Based Agri-Food Development (1999-2004). He has authored and co-authored many publications.
Professor Peter Phillips’ new book Governing Transformative Technological Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2007) will be launched at the Institute of Advanced Studies on 14 June 2007.