About Carlota Perez

British-Venezuelan researcher, lecturer and international consultant, Carlota Perez studies the mutual shaping of technical change and society and the lessons provided by the history of technological revolutions for economic growth and development.

In Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), she put forward her theory of the emergence and diffusion of technological revolutions and of the role of finance in the process. Her work has contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development; between technical and institutional change; and between finance and technological diffusion. She is currently working on a sequel, Beyond the Technological Revolution, funded by Anthemis UK, which will analyse the roles that government, business and civil society play in the deployment of the potential of each revolution.

She is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London, UK and at SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK; Adjunct Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at TalTech, Estonia; Professor Perez’ books and papers are used as study material in post-graduate courses in universities around the world, and she has lectured at numerous seminars and student conferences.

Her long career has spanned civil service, consultancy, academic research and teaching, beginning in the 1970s with an investigation into the structural causes of the energy crisis in her home country of Venezuela. After working on international technology transfer at the Institute of Foreign Trade in the 1970s, she became the founding Director of Technological Development at the Ministry of Industry (1980-83) – where, alongside other policy instruments to promote innovation, she created the first venture capital fund in the country.

She has acted as consultant for several Latin American governments and for international organisations and multilateral agencies such as UNIDO, CEPAL, the Andean Pact, the World Bank, the OECD and the EU, where she chaired the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Green Growth and Jobs. In the early 1990s she was advisor to INTEVEP, the R&D and technology arm of PDVSA, the national oil company in Venezuela, and has carried out consultancy work for many global corporations including IBM, Cisco, Telefonica, Mondragon, Ericsson and many others. Since the publication of her book, she has been regularly invited to participate as keynote speaker at international business conferences and public policy events.

Professor Perez received her License in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (with Economics and Technology at the core) from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Paris VII, and her MA from San Francisco State University, where she developed the first formulation of her theory of technological revolutions and changing opportunities for development. Since working at the Central University of Venezuela, she has nurtured research links with several European universities. She was visiting scholar at IDS, University of Sussex and at INTECH-UNU, Maastricht. Her current position as Honorary Professor at SPRU started with a research fellowship in 1983, when she began a long-term collaboration with the late Professor Chris Freeman. She has been teaching a post-graduate course at the Tallinn University of Technology since 2007; she was affiliated to CERF at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, from 2002 until 2014 and was Centennial Professor 2015-2018 at the London School of Economics (LSE).

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CONTACT: carperez@carlotaperez.org


Techno-Economic Paradigms: Essays in Honour of Carlota Perez
Wolfgang Drechsler, Rainer Kattel, Erik S. Reinert (eds.) Published by The Anthem; Other Canon Series 2009
ISBN 13:978 1 84331 785 2

Techno-economic paradigm shifts are at the core of general, innovation-based theory of economic and societal development as conceived by Carlota Perez. Her book on the subject, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital, is a seminal enunciation of the theory, and has had immense influence on business strategy, national and international development programmes, and academic research on the subject.

Techno-Economic Paradigms presents a series of essays by the leading academics in the field discussing the theory of techno-economic paradigm shifts, and its role in explaining processes of innovation and development. This festschrift honours Carlota Perez.

Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor and Chair of Governance, Rainer Kattel is Professor and Chair of Innovation Policy and Technology Governance, and ,Erik S. Reinert is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Reinert is also Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, Norway