China - A Science & Technology Superpower?

Speaker: Prof Erik Baark # Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

25th Nov 2015

15:30 - 17:00

Room LT2, The University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place

ISSTI/Confucius Institute Occasional Seminar

With the rapid growth of Chinese investments in science and technology, and the expansion of outputs in terms of scientific articles, patents, and technological capabilities, some observers have predicted that China is on its way to becoming a technological superpower. This prediction is naturally based on the rapid developments in the input of R&D investment and output of scientific publications and patents that have taken place in China during the recent decades. But what does the concept of a scientific and technological superpower imply? In this talk, I discuss several interpretations of the concept of superpower and provide a preliminary assessment of key trends that have been seen as the promise of China’s emerging status. In conclusion, I propose that if, indeed, China is becoming an S&T superpower, I hope that it will become a different type of superpower.

Erik Baark is Professor at the Division of Social Science and the Division of Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He completed a PhD at the University of Lund (1986) and a Dr.phil. at the University of Copenhagen (1998). His primary research interests are related to innovation systems and science and technology policy in China and other East Asian countries. His research on China includes analysis of information systems and IT development and high technology entrepreneurship during recent policy reforms. He has also published extensively on innovation in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. He has published edited volumes and monographs, including Lightning Wires: Telegraphs and China's Technological Modernization 1860-1890 (Greenwood Press, 1997).  He has also published articles in leading international area studies journals such as The China Quarterly and innovation research journals such as Research Policy and the International Journal of Technology Management.

For further information please contact Dr Xiaobai Shen, Edinburgh University Business School: X.Shen@ed.ac.uk