SP065 - Critically examining frugal innovation
Convened by Peter Knorringa and Elsie Onsongo (both from International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands)

This seed panel seeks to provide a platform to present new (ideas for) research to critically examine the developmental impacts of frugal innovation. We invite scholars and practitioners to submit for example work in progress on assessing the quantity and quality of employment generated through frugal innovations, on the environmental impacts, on the role of solidarity in grass-root innovations and on the legitimacy of frugal innovations developed by local and international companies. Moreover, we also invite meso- and macro-level conceptual and empirical contributions that critically reflect upon accumulation trajectories, economic transformation, and the governance and political economy of frugal innovations.

EADI Working Group: Frugal Innovation and Development