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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CPUT welcomes new Research Chair

SKILLED: Dr Thomas Thurner joined CPUT in April SKILLED: Dr Thomas Thurner joined CPUT in April

CPUT has appointed Prof Thomas Thurner as the new Research Chair for Innovation in Society. 

Over the next five years, Thurner will develop and support research activities in the Faculty of Informatics and Design and the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences. He joined CPUT in April from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, where he established himself as a leading researcher in innovation management with a specific focus on state-owned enterprises. His research has been published in leading journals like the International Journal of Innovation Management.

AT CPUT, Thurner will focus on collaborative innovation processes through communities of practice. Such informal communities include a wide number of actors and organisations active in a field and cross over different levels and types of knowledge.
“In Africa, we should not focus too much on the supply side of technological innovations, but rather should study users and their processes of making things work. There is enormous potential in innovation processes outside of organisations.”

The aim is to establish a self-financed research group, which will be connected to international universities and provide a steady flow of research papers on African innovation experiences. Thurner says the first major step towards reaching excellence in innovation studies at CPUT is to identify areas with great strategic potential for further excellence in research and the involvement of relevant stakeholders.
Thurner will also work on building up critical research skills in the faculties and actively engage in the supervision of Masters and Doctoral Students.

Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.