Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Position: 
Research Fellow & Senior Lecturer
Email Address: 
erika@ieri.org.za
Telephone Number: 
+27 (0)12 382 3073
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Qualification Summary: 

B. Econ (University of Cantabria), Spain
MSc. (University of Sussex), United Kingdom
PhD (University of Oxford), United Kingdom

Biography: 

Erika Kraemer-Mbula is a Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research at Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa). Erika’s research interests are on Science and Technology Policy analysis, innovation systems, sustainable development and various routes to the expansion of creative competencies in Africa, including public policy, learning and international cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation. Initially trained as an Economist, Erika holds a Masters in Science and Technology Policy by SPRU (with distinction) from the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex, UK), and a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. In her academic and professional career, Erika has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to explore alternative development paths for African countries. She has been a researcher at Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) in Brighton, and the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK – between 2001 and 2011. She is an active member of several international research networks (e.g. Globelics and Africalics) and has co-authored books on 'Industrial Competitiveness in Africa' (ITDG) and 'Innovation and the Development Agenda' (OECD/IDRC).

Selected Books, Chapters and Reports

2012
Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle and Martin Schaaper
Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2012
Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Martin Schaaper and Aurelie Ek
Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2012
Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Thomas Pogue

The main objective of the ERAWATCH Analytical Country Reports 2010 is to characterise and assess the evolution of the national policy mixes in the perspective of the Lisbon goals and of the 2020, post-Lisbon Strategy. The analysis is focused on the national R&D investments targets, the efficiency and effectiveness of national policies and investments into R&D, the articulation...

Keywords: African integration | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2010
Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Watu Wamae

Innovation drives long-term economic growth. It has a crucial role to play as global economies recover from the current financial crisis. This book examines the role of innovation in developing countries, with a focus on Africa. It investigates innovation systems and their application; the key role of knowledge in innovation for development; and the importance of comparable country studies and...

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2010
Rath, A; Kraemer-Mbula, E; Bazan, M; Oldham, G; Prada and F; Sagasti

This evaluation assesses progress towards achieving the expected outcomes of Strategic Programme Objective 4, and how progress might be enhanced through improving programme policy, design and delivery.

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Global political economy | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
2009
Erika Kraemer-Mbula

The prospects of the aerospace industry in South Africa: the skills gap

Aerospace is a very diverse industry, with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications. In South Africa, aerospace activities include those surrounding defence, civilian aviation, aeronautics and space.

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Local economic development | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports
Mammo Muchie and Erika Kraemer-Mbula

The liberation of South Africa from white minority apartheid rule formally ended the formal political decolonisation of Africa as a whole. South Africa has the biggest economy in Africa, in fact 30 % of the economy of Africa as a whole. Its own size relative to other economies is no larger than that of the economy of Hong Kong, but when looked at in relation to Africa it has a very big economy...

Keywords: African integration | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Selected Books, Chapters and Reports

Presentations and Other

2014
Erika Kraemer-Mbula & Rasigan Maharajh

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), along with Stellenbosch University, is co-host  to the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Scientometrics and...

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Presentations and Other | Rasigan Maharajh
2012
Erika Kraemer‐Mbula
  1. Exchanging experiences: similarities and differences between Brazil and South Africa
  2. Important lessons from the LIPS
    2.1. Methodological lessons
    2.2. Policy lessons
  3. Ongoing questions
Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | International Seminar | LIPS | Local economic development | Presentations and Other
2012
Bitrina Diyamett and Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Building a community of innovation scholars will promote locally relevant research and policy, say Bitrina Diyamett and Erika Kraemer-Mbula.

Africa has made remarkable progress in building capacity in natural and engineering sciences over the past decade. The endorsement of...

Keywords: Africa | Building capacity | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Presentations and Other | Research
2011
Erika Kraemer-Mbula

The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the role that benchmarking can play in rural and agricultural innovations. Although generally known as ‗traditional sectors‘, rural activities are far from static but rather driven by old and new challenges pleading for innovative responses. Despite the broad range of insights from the burgeoning literature on innovation systems during the last decade...

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Presentations and Other
2011
Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Science and technology have driven huge leaps in knowledge, powering economic and social development around the world. As a result, the last decades have witnessed the fast and profound transformation of our natural, social and productive environments. However, the benefits of such profound changes have been unevenly distributed. Uneven development is manifest in unequal access to knowledge,...

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Global political economy | Presentations and Other
2010
Erika Kraemer-Mbula

The contribution of innovation to social and economic progress of developing countries is widely recognised. Governments and other actors are actively seeking to increase the firms' ability to deliver successful innovation to multiple sectors, particularly those related to emerging technologies - such as ICTs.

Keywords: Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Presentations and Other
2008
Hans Binswanger-Mkhize and Alex McCalla
  • Changing international landscape
  • Economy Wide Growth And The Bottom Billion
  • Agricultural Growth
  • Opportunities And Challenges For African ARD
  • Key Issues And Opportunities
Keywords: Africa | African integration | Agriculture | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Presentations and Other | Rural development

Conference Paper

2013
Erika Kraemer-Mbula

This paper explores innovation in rural health care systems in remote or marginalised areas where limited public health care is available. To overcome this challenge and satisfy the universal demand for health care, populations in remote rural areas often rely on multiple private providers that deliver services based on various sources of knowledge (both traditional and modern sciences). Rural...

Keywords: Conference Paper | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | Inclusive development | Innovation | Innovation theory, systems and indicators | Rural health | South Africa

IERI Working Papers

2010
Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Mammo Muchie

The innovation systems literature has provided a useful framework to analyse the linkages of firms and other organisations with both domestic and foreign actors. Although the concept of innovation systems was originally developed at the national level (Freeman, 1982; Nelson & Winter, 1982; Lundvall, 1985; Nelson, 1988, etc), the literature has expanded rapidly over the years. Since its...

Keywords: African integration | Erika Kraemer-Mbula | IERI Working Papers