Research Coordinator

Dr. Caetano C. R. Penna

Dr. Caetano C. R. Penna worked as coordinator of the Brazilian team from 2015 to 2018. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Economics of Technology and Innovation at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and Adjunct Professor in Industrial and Technology Economics (on leave) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil). He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and an MA in Technology Governance from TalTech (Estonia). Caetano serves as an independent expert in funding and synergies in the independent expert panel for the Horizon Europe’s Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on EU Missions Implementation at National Level.

Research Coordinator

In the past, he has acted as an ad hoc consultant for government agencies, multilateral organisations and industrial associations. His broad areas of research and consultancy are economics and public policy of industry, technology and innovation. Within these areas, he is interested in the formulation and evaluation of transformative and mission-oriented innovation policies; the mobilisation of private and public funding for sustainability and innovation; the development of technologies to address major societal challenges; and the (geo)political economy of technological development. For more information follow @digitano on Twitter or send an email to

Dr. Penna worked for five years in the department of investor relations of the Brazilian oil and gas corporation Petrobras and was founding partner of BabelTeam Internet Business Solutions; he is also is a professional translator, specialising in academic publications.

Selected Publications

Penna, C. C. R. and Geels, F. W. (2012) ‘Multi-dimensional struggles in the greening of industry: A dialectic issue lifecycle model and case study’, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 79(6), pp. 999-1020.

Penna, C. C. R. and Geels, F. W. (2014) ‘Climate change and the slow reorientation of the American car industry (1979-2012): An application and extension of the Dialectic Issue LifeCycle (DILC) model’, Research Policy, 44(5), pp. 1029-1048.

Geels, F. W. and Penna, C. C. R. (2015) ‘Societal problems and industry reorientation: Elaborating the Dialectic Issue LifeCycle (DILC) model and a case study of car safety in the USA (1900–1995)’, Research Policy, 44(1), pp. 67-82.

Mazzucato, M. and Penna, C. C. R. (2014) ‘Beyond Market Failures: State Investment Banks and the ‘Mission-Oriented’ Finance for Innovation’, SPRU Working Paper Series, 2014-21.

Mazzucato, M. and Penna, C. C. R. (eds.) (2015) Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation: New Ideas for Investment-Led Growth. London: Policy Network/Rowman & Littlefield.