Recent Publications


UNICEF 2015: Around the world, an innovation revolution for children is growing – often in the most unexpected places – and increasingly led by young people themselves.


Fueled by creativity, connectivity, and collaboration, new ways of solving problems are emerging – in tech design studios and university laboratories, in development organizations and corporations, and in kitchens and community centres.


About the Book

The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South offers an edited collection on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. In doing so, its intention is not to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned but to re-theorise planning from a deep understanding of ‘place’ as well as a commitment to recognise the diverse modes of practice that come within it.

Market Menagerie examines technological advance and market regulation in the health industries of nations such as India, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and China. Pharmaceutical and life science industries can reinforce economic development and industry growth, but not necessarily positive health outcomes. Yet well-crafted industrial and health policies can strengthen each other and reconcile economic and social goals.

This paper suggests that demand instruments of international vaccine procurement, instead of being seen primarily as a global management instrument, can usefully induce industrial change and technological innovation through improved technical standards and regulations. The example of Indian vaccines is analyzed, and an industrial evolution schematic is investigated. The findings suggest that some fine tuning can improve the demand side for technological innovation.

Active scholarly exchanges

TCLab-affiliated academic papers were presented at the Globelics conference Addis Ababa in Oct 2014; and at several others including a TCLab organized session on “Industrial Policy Above and Below the Radar” at the American Association of Geographers, at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, and others in Europe.

Postdoctoral scholars from the UK, Brazil, and Finland were hosted, all with a focus on different aspects of technological change and social transformation.

2014-15 TCLab Brazil-India partnerships expand

In 2014-2015, TCLab has focused on decentralized industrial governance and creation of new programs away from Columbia University and in developing economies.

With TCLab and Brazil Co-Director Prof. Monica Pinhanez, the programs have expanded with generous support from the FAPERJ Rio agencies, and from the Columbia Global Centres. These Programs are now independent of Columbia University and primarily associated with Brazil’s leading business and public administration school FGV-EBAPE.

In 2016, TClab and affiliated research continues being presented to audiences in several countries, including the US, UK, and Brazil.

Past TCLab Visiting Scholars are now Assistant professors in UFABC, Brazil, and London School of Economics, Senior public policy officers in the Brazilian government, and at public research institutes.

TCLab related research has been published in several peer-reviewd journals:

Urban Studies; Environment and Planning: Governance and Policy; Cambridge Journal of Regions; Economy and Society; International Small Business Journal; Journal of Economic Geography; European Planning Studies; IPEA Brazil applied economics institute,

and as scholarly books, including:

Award-winning (2012) Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States (Stanford University Press, Economics and Finance), which won the 2015 EAEPE Myrdal Prize (Smita Srinivas)

Recently published (in Portuguese for now)

Albert Fishlow and José Eustáquio Ribeiro Vieira Filho (2016) Agriculture and Industry in Brazil: Innovation and Competitivity

Director Srinivas has also recently completed an edited volume (with G. Bhan and V. Watson) The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (2017 forthcoming, UK) which takes on several sticky political economy issues in planning and policy.

References (TCLab-sponsored or authored by TCLab authors or Visiting Scholars)

Bhan, G,.Srinivas, S, V. Watson. (eds) (forthcoming, 2018). The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Srinivas, S. (forthcoming, 2017) “Evolutionary Demand, Innovation, Development” in D. Nathan, S. Sarkar, and M. Tewari (Eds). Upgrading and Innovation in Global Value Chains in Asia (Cambridge University Press);

S. Srinivas (forthcoming, 2017) “No Global South’ in Economic Development Plans” in V. Watson, G. Bhan, S. Srinivas (Eds.) Companion to Planning in the Global South (Routledge, UK);

Srinivas, S. (forthcoming, 2015). Healthy Industries, Unhealthy Populations: Lessons from Indian problem-solving. In: Mackintosh, M. et al. (eds) Making Medicines in Africa. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Srinivas, S. and J. Vieira Filho. (2014). Farm versus firm: learning and technical linkages of agriculture and industry, paper presented at the Globelics conference 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

Lee, N. (2014). The creative industries and urban economic growth in the UK. Environment and Planning A, 46(2), 455-470.

Srinivas, S. (2014). Demand and Innovation: Paths to Inclusive Development. in Ramani, S. (ed) Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 78-106.

Lee, N., & Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2014). Creativity, cities, and innovation. Environment and Planning A, 46(5), 1139-1159.

Fornazier, A., & Vieira Filho, J. E. R. (2012). Heterogeneidade estrutural no setor agropecuácio brasileiro: Evidências a partir do censo agropecuário de 2006 (No. 1708). Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA).

Srinivas, S. (2012). Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Lee, N. (2011). Are innovative regions more unequal? Evidence from Europe. Environment and Planning-Part C, 29(1), 2.

Srinivas, S. (2011). Industrial welfare and the state: nation and city reconsidered. In: Tilly, C. and Hanagan, M. (eds) Contention and Trust in Cities and States. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 129-148.

Pereira, L., & Plonski, G. A. (2010). Bridging the Technology Gap in Brazil: The Case of Photonics. International Journal of Management, 27(2), 243.

Rauen, A. T., Furtado, A. T., & Cário, S. A. F. (2009). Processo Inovativo na Indústria de Software de Joinville (SC): uma análise a partir do marco teórico neo-schumpeteriano. Revista Brasileira de Inovação, 8(2 jul/dez), 437-480.

Pereira, L., & Plonski, G. A. (2009). Shedding light on technological development in Brazil. Technovation, 29(6), 451-464.

Pinhanez, Monica Fornitani. (2008) Reinventing VAT collection: Industry vertical assessment, revenue increase, and public sector reliability. Diss. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Srinivas, S. and K. Viljamaa. (2008). Emergence of Economic Institutions: Analysing the Third Role of Universities in Turku, Finland, Regional Studies. 42 (3, 2008): 323-341.

Srinivas, S. and J. Sutz. (2008). Developing Countries and Innovation: Searching for a New Analytical Approach, Technology in Society. 30 (2, 2008): 129-140.

Tapaninen, A., Seppanen, M., & Makinen, S. (2009). Characteristics of innovation: a customer-centric view of barriers to the adoption of a renewable energy system. International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 4(1-2), 98-113.

Srinivas, S. (2006). Industry and Innovation: Some Lessons from Vaccine Procurement, World Development. 34 (10, 2006): 1742-1764.

Srinivas, S. and Lund, F. (2000). Learning from Experience: A Gendered Approach to Social Protection for workers in the Informal Economy. Geneva: ILO.