Towards European Science

Towards European Science

Dynamics and Policy of an Evolving European Research Space

Edited by Linda Wedlin and Maria Nedeva

Since the concept of the European Research Area was launched at the beginning of this century, significant effort has been made to realise the vision of a coherent space for science and research in Europe. But what is such a space, and how is it developing? This timely book analyses the dynamics of change in policy and governance of science and research within Europe over the past decade. It widens the scope of traditional policy analysis by focusing attention on the interaction between policy rationales, new governance mechanisms, and the organisational dynamics of the scientific field. The contributors build a novel analytical framework to understand the European research space as one shifting from a fragmented space of ‘science in Europe’ to one that is labelled ‘European Science’, and the chapters explore dynamics of this shift through the lenses of political science, organisation theory, science policy and related analytical traditions.

Chapter 9: The internationalisation of research institutes

Laura Cruz-Castro, Koen Jonkers and Luis Sanz-Menéndez

Subjects: business and management, organisational innovation, organisation studies, innovation and technology, organisational innovation, politics and public policy, european politics and policy


In this chapter we are interested in how public research organizations address internationalisation pressures and Europeanisation dynamics. Whereas internationalisation of research (with a focus on individual research collaboration and, more recently, on researcher mobility) has been widely analysed, we do not know that much about internationalisation processes and strategies at the organizational level of research institutes. And while public research organizations have traditionally been considered as very responsive to national governments’ demands, despite their relevance in terms of public expenditure, no significant efforts have been made to better understand the impact of the European research policy and the emergence of a new space for research on the functioning, structures and strategies of these organizations. A starting point in this chapter is that the conditions under which organizational actors engage and invest resources in international activities are dependent on the structure of the public science system as well as on the organizational features of the public research organizations themselves. In this chapter we will try to build an analytical framework to provide a better understanding of the role of key organizational attributes of public research organizations in the internationalisation process.

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