KID SUMMER SCHOOL 2-8th July 2017 Nice, France

Knowledge Dynamics, Industry Evolution, Economic Development

KID 2017 Thematic School InSHS CNRS


The 6th Summer School on “Knowledge Dynamics, Industrial Evolution, Economic Development” (KID 2017) will be held 2-8 of July, 2017, Le Saint Paul Hotel-Maison du Séminaire, 29 Bd Franck Pilatte, Nice (France).

KID 2017 is a Thematic School funded by CNRS (Thematic School InSHS CNRS). It has trained so far more than 100 PhD and post docs participants to the highest research standards.

KID 2017 is an action of Eurkind, a research network focusing on how knowledge, innovation, and development should be articulated for a better society in Europe. It brings together reputable scientists in economics and social sciences, but also in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, environment and life sciences, belonging to European as well as non-European academic institutions (

Like in previous editions, KID 2017 takes place in the beginning of July, in one of the most beautiful locations of the French Riviera (

Aims and scope: There is now a large consensus among economists and social sciences that knowledge is a crucial input to industry dynamics, which in turn is a key component to economic development. What is less evident among our research communities is what type of knowledge is the most central in innovation processes shaping industry evolution, in view of generating advanced and sustainable development. If one wants to be realistic in that matter, it is necessary to consider that there is no univocal definition of knowledge, innovation, and development, and consequently that the possible connections between these notions are far from being unique. The sources at the origins of change, i.e. individuals, firms, industries, regions, countries, are themselves intrinsically diverse, while their joint contribution obviously shapes the drivers of knowledge, the processes of innovation, and the attractors in terms of economic development.

KID 2017 is aiming at presenting the latest results in the field. The Summer School will focus especially on the way the properties of knowledge are likely to have an impact on industry evolution and economic performance; it will be centered on how the emergence of shakeout / non shakeout industry evolution possibly contributes to economic growth and sustainability and on the interplay with the geography of economic activities. The Summer School is also dedicated to derive proposals for economic policy. Latest methodologies and protocols of research will be presented, including statistical analysis of the dynamics of firms’ characteristics and firms’ localisation, social networks analysis, dynamics of replication, simulations on modular systems, patent analysis, etc. The Summer School will underline that these methodologies and protocols of research are the outcome of close relationships between economics and other social sciences, but also with mathematics, physics, computer sciences, environment and life sciences.

KID 2017 will be centered on the most prominent analyses in the field of knowledge dynamics, industrial evolution and economic development: emergence and persistence of innovation, entrepreneurship, growth of firms, corporate governance and performance, agglomeration/dispersion of industrial activities, skills dynamics, economics of science and innovation, environment as a driver of innovation.


Srefano Bianchini (University of Strasbourg, France)

Marcus Dejardin (University of Namur, Belgium)

Martin Fransman (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Claudia Ghisetti (JRC Ispra, European Commission)

Jens Horbach (University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany)

Jackie Krafft (University Côte d’Azur and CNRS-GREDEG, France)

Michele Pezzoni (University Côte d’Azur and CNRS-GREDEG, France)

Francesco Quatraro (University of Turin, Italy)

Gaetan de Rassenfosse (EPFL, Switzerland)

Alessandra Scandura ((University of Turin, Italy)

Fabiana Visentin (EPFL, Switzerland)

Audience and content: PhD students, young or confirmed researchers attending the summer school will benefit of:

- lectures by international scholars of renowned authority in economics, business, political science, economic geography, environmental economics, computer sciences, life sciences, etc.

- lectures on the latest methodologies and protocols of research.

- presentations of their own work discussed by experts.

- recommendations on how to get published.

Scientific Committee:

Cristiano Antonelli (University of Turin, Italy), Alexander Coad (JRC-IPTS Seville, European Commission, Spain), Alessandra Colombelli (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Davide Consoli (Manchester Institute of innovation Research, UK ; INGENIO-CSIC, University of Valencia, Spain), Alexander Ebner (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Werner Hoelzl (WIFO, University of Vienna, Austria), Albert Jolink (Coventry University, UK), Jackie Krafft (GREDEG, University Côte d’Azur and CNRS), Massimiliano Mazzanti (University of Ferrara, Italy), Eva Niesten (Manchester Business School, UK), Michele Pezzoni (GREDEG, University Côte d’Azur and CNRS, France), Francesco Quatraro (University of Turin, Italy), Jacques Ravix (GREDEG, University Côte d’Azur and CNRS), Andreas Reinstaller (WIFO, University of Vienna, Austria), Paolo Saviotti (INRA GAEL, University Pierre Mendes France, France), Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy).

Submission: PhD students, young or confirmedresearchers willing to attend the summer school can apply by posting an application in one single pdf document  including i) a letter of motivation for attending the summerschool, ii) a research proposal (5 pages), iii) if any, the paper you are willing to present.

Submit your application at

Summer school prize competition: The KID 2017 prize will award the best paper presented during the students’ presentations sessions.

Local organizer: GREDEG (UMR 7321), Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Organization leads:

Jackie Krafft (GREDEG, UCA and CNRS, France)

Michele Pezzoni (GREDEG, UCA and CNRS, France)

Francesco Quatraro (University of Turin, Italy)

Information contact:

Venue: Saint-Paul Hotel-La Maison du Séminaire, 29 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice, France.

Important information:

Deadline for application: APRIL 30, 2017

Notification of acceptance: May 2, 2017

Deadline for registration and accommodation fees: May 20, 2017

Full paper submission (KID prize): May 31, 2017

Summer School Fees:

Summer School fees for participants (300 euros) include registration to the summer school (access to the summer school lectures and presentations, breaks, lunches, summer school dinners), and hotel accommodation at Maison du Séminaire (twin rooms accommodation, i.e., 2 participants per room, with breakfast included, 6 nights, arrival Sunday July 2, departure Saturday July 8).

Fees can be paid only by credit card and online.

NOTE: As for all CNRS thematic schools, there are no fees for CNRS personnel (PhDs, Post-docs, researchers, engineers, technicians and staff paid by CNRS). Please contact us at

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