The 30th Annual EAEPE Conference 2018

Evolutionary foundations at a crossroad: Assessments, outcomes and implications for policy makers

Keynote Speakers

Giovanni Dosi

Professor of Economics 

Director of the Institute of Economics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy.                                                                     

‘On the institutional drivers of economic evolution: The case of de-unionization and the productivity slowdown’

Giovanni Dosi is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa; Co-Director of the task forces “Industrial Policy” and “Intellectual Property Rights”, IPD - Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University; Continental European Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change. Included in “ISI Highly Cited Researchers” and Corresponding Member of the “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei”. He received in 1994 the Kapp Prize Kapp (jointly with L. Marengo, A. Bassanini and M. Valente).

A selection of his works has been published in two volumes: Innovation, Organization and Economic Dynamics. Selected Essays (2000), and Economic Organization, Industrial Dynamics and Development: Selected Essays (2012) both published by Edward Elgar.

His major research areas - where he is author and editor of several works - include Economics of Innovation and Technological Change, Industrial Economics, Evolutionary Theory, Economic Growth and Development, Organizational Studies. His last book ‘Modern Evolutionary Economics: An Overview’ with Richard R. Nelson, Constance E. Helfat, Andreas Pyka, Pier Paolo Saviotti, Keun Lee, Kurt Dopfer et al. is published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.

Maria Savona

Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics

Science Policy Research Unit, United Kingdom.

'Innovation, employment and inequality'

Maria Savona is Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK. She was previously at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Strasbourg and Lille 1, France. She is an economist and holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from SPRU.

Her main research interests are on the impact of innovation on employment and wages; the economics and policy of innovation in services; the structural change of the sectoral composition of economies, and particularly on the international fragmentation of production involving services, and their effects on development; the effect of barriers to innovation.

She has led and co-led grants funded by: the JRF on The Local Distribution of Productivity Gains: Heterogenous effects; the ESRC on Technical change, employment & inequality. A spatial analysis of households & plant data; the H2020 on Innovation-Fuelled, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth; the IDRC on Pathways of Structural Change and Inclusive Development.

She has advised and produced reports for the IADB; ECLAC; UN ESCAP; OECD; NESTA; BEIS, DETI. She is an Editor for Research Policy; Associate Editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Economics; Economia Politica; The Eurasian Business Review. She is an Academic Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and served in evaluation panels for the European Commission, the National Research Councils of Canada, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, Norway, UK, US.  


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The 30th EAEPE Annual Conference will take place in Nice on 6-8 September 2018. The theme invites contributions to consider existing evolutionary theories and new developments in the field and the potential for putting theory in practice to cope with the complexity of the real world.

The organisers want to celebrate the legacy of evolutionary theories from a critical perspective that should enrich, complement, revisit and rebuild their foundations from the perspectives of citizens, policy makers and society. The conference theme acknowledges the principal ambition of evolutionary theories to understand emerging new theories and interpret the relevant changes. Evolutionary theories are inspired mainly by biology; however, they draw also on science and the fields of complexity, network modelling, physics, neuroscience, political science and historical sociology. From a methodological and historical perspectives, evolutionary foundations are interpreted in line with the institutions, rules, innovations and transformations (Hayekian, Schumpeterian, Veblenian, post-Keynesian approaches among others). Questions are now emerging about the utility of evolutionary theories to understand the dynamic of change in a capitalist system, on the one hand, and about the necessity of a new metaphor in economics and the social sciences more generally, on the other hand.

These issues will be addressed within an open agenda to understand the impact and outcomes of these theories. These approaches are at an important methodological crossroads between their future outcomes and their epistemological foundations. Darwin and the natural selection argument is ever-present and, sometimes, is claimed to be the founding principle. At the same time, some industry and organisational dynamics are being extended to include the evolution of demand, questions related to climate change and transformations needed to the capitalist system.

Evolutionist theories rely on a highly positivist vision of innovation as, overall, a vector of growth and progress which may underestimate the role of demand, the negative externalities of innovation and the burden of these adverse effects for governments. Work in this area points to the pertinence of ecological issues, which, viewed through a different lens, could become the new warhorse of evolutionist theories in general and from the perspective of both innovation and social policies.

The conference will provide some unique opportunities to revisit the foundations of evolutionary theories, to discuss alternative points of view at the macro, meso and micro levels, and to enrich traditional evolutionary background with diverse fields such as complexity science, biology, physics, philosophy sociology, history of thought, and management science among others. The aim is to provide new empirical evidences and fresh insights for policy makers to understand the complexity of structural change, redefine innovation and formulate new innovation policies, which allow a rethinking of the role of the State in relation to transition issues; define and build commons to manage environmental issues; establish new partnerships with developing countries; investigate new ways of consuming and producing; shape new institutions to manage these structural changes; redefine social interactions related to demand and the labour market; define new business models relevant to the internet age; identify new organizing principles in the context of a knowledge economy; and finance and participate in a greener economy. 

Abstract Submission

You are invited to submit an extended abstract no later than March 31, 2018 on the conference website. Following the usual format, prospective participants are invited to submit a paper related either to the theme of the conference or one of the diverse EAEPE Research Areas as well as special sessions. Abstracts (300-750 words) should include the following information: authors’ names, email addresses and, affiliations, and name and code of the relevant research area. Following notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit the full paper. Please have in mind that only one presentation per author is allowed; additional papers can be submitted by the same author but need to be presented by a registered co-author, if accepted by the scientific committee in advance.

Special Session Submission

For cross cutting issues, we are encouraging Special Sessions proposals across Research Areas and in new fields for providing fresh new insights. All special sessions need to get submitted online via a submission form that will go online on January 6th. Please indicate the following points: “Title of the Special session”, the Name of Organizers of Special Session”, “Funding required or not.  If “funding required”: “Amount of funding requested”, “Name of Research Areas involved”, “Names of Participants and Invitees” ; “Planned Title for Special Issue + Name of Journal”

The notification of acceptation of Special Sessions will occur on the 1st of March 2018. After evaluation of the Special Session proposal by the EAEPE Council, all people involved should submit their abstract in the usual procedure.

Local Organizers Committee

Nathalie Lazaric; Amel Attour; Patricia Roques; Edward Lorenz; Mira Toumi; Loubna Echajri; Mauro Napolitano; Michele Pezzoni; Petra Bleuel; Savéria Cecchi; Agnès Moreau; Laurence Gervasoni; Catherine Chevance

Uwe Cantner (University of Jena) ; Luigi Marengo  (LUISS University); Andrea Bernardi (Oxford Brookes University); Pasquale Tridico (University of Roma Tre) ; Marco Raberto (University of Genoa); Nathalie Lazaric (UCA, CNRS GREDEG) ; Amel Attour (UCA, CNRS GREDEG) ; Catherine Laurent (INRA) ; Andrew Tylecote (University of Sheffield, School of Management) ; Agnès Labrousse (University of Amiens) ;  Wolfram Elsner (University of Bremen) ; Ulrich Witt (Max Planck Institute) ; Smita Srinivas (TCLab, LSE, Open University, Indian Council), Cécile Ayerbe (UCA, CNRS GREDEG); Mauro Napolitano (OFCE); Edward Lorenz (UCA, CNRS GREDEG).

  • 6 January, 2018: Abstract Submission to Regular Sessions Opens Online
    •    Special Session Proposal Submission Opens Online
  • 15 February, 2018: Special Session Proposal Submission Deadline
  • 1 March, 2018: Abstract Submission to Special Sessions Opens Online
  • 15 April, 2018 (extended): Abstract Submission Deadline for all kind of sessions
  • 15 May, 2018: Notification of Abstract Acceptance; Registration Opens
  • 15 June, 2018: Early Registration Closes
  • 15 July, 2018: Late Registration Closes (for authors to be included in the scientific programme)
  • 31 July, 2018: Submission of Full Papers Deadline

The conference fees and the EAEPE membership fees are denominated in Euros and are paid on the website of the association.

  • with EAEPE Membership
Rates < 15th June 2018 > 15th June 2018

Regular Rates

190 €

250 €

PhD/Masters Students

90 €

90 €

Subsidized fee[1]

100 €

250 €

[1] For participants from developing countries and regions particularly affected by crisis Please apply in advance to Pasquale Tridico ( and Oliver Kessler (

  • without EAEPE membership

th June 2018

> 15 th June 2018

270 €

330 €

There is a fee waiver policy for a limited number of students and early-career researchers with papers accepted for presentation at the main conference. To be eligible for the fee waiver, you need to be a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD student and have an accepted paper at the main conference. Applications for fee waivers have to be made through our website after abstract notification (the link will get circulated in time). Please submit your full paper and a written statement from your supervisor or a faculty member of your study or PhD program (or similar), confirming that you do not receive financial support for participation at the conference. Decisions will be based upon the quality of your conference paper. You can make your conference registration after decisions have been made, there will be sufficient time.


The conference will take place at ISEM (School of Economics and Business), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Campus St Jean d’Angely, Nice. The conference is easily accessible by tram from Nice city centre.


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