Design & User-centred innovation

One of the best-established results in innovation studies has been that successful innovations depend on innovators who have a good understanding of, and relationship with, their prospective customers. But in recent years there has been increasing awareness that users can be important resources for the innovator, contributing ideas about useful products and designs, and even playing an active role in the innovation process alongside conventional R&D. At the same time we are hearing ideas about “open innovation” and “open source software”, and user-developed innovation in Web2.0. These, and related, issues are explored further under this theme.

Related GRIPS activities


  • Across much of Europe, the populations of Member States are getting older; what this means for innovation in general is uncertain. Novel fields enco...
    Innovation in an age-integrated society
  • The primary purpose of this mini study on Design is to serve as an input for policy development in the Commission. Secondly, it is meant to serve ...
    Design as a tool for innovation

Innovation policy workshop

  • The European Commission is currently developing a new Innovation Plan for Europe, which is expected to be proposed for spring 2010. As part o...
    Labs for a more innovative Europe
  • Ageing is not a novel topic within economic and policy research, but this research has tended to focus on macro-economic implications (pensions, hea...
    Innovation in an ageing society
  • The European Commission's 2006 Communication "Putting knowledge into practice: A broad-based innovation strategy for Europe" outlines the ...
    Design as a tool for innovation



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