Lynn Mytelka

Professorial Fellow

  • Lynn Mytelka
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
    United States of America

    Research Interests

    • Biotechnology
    • clustering
    • Innovation systems
    • North-South co-operation
    • technological upgrading in traditional industries

    Biographical Statement

    Professor Lynn Krieger Mytelka is the former Director of UNU-INTECH (July 2000 to December 2004) and is currently a Professorial Fellow with the Knowledge and Industrial Dynamics group at the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Between 1996 and 1999, she worked with UNCTAD, Geneva, as Director of the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development. Prior to this she taught at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where she was Professor, Faculty of Management and Public Policy from 1982 and subsequently a Distinguished Research Professor. She held an Honorary Professorship and Chair in Development Economics at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands until 2010.

    Professor Mytelka’s research covers a broad range of issues in development, science and technology, including innovation systems,clustering, technological upgrading in traditional industries, North-South co-operation, biotechnology, strategic partnerships, multinational corporations and competitiveness. Currently she is on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment, working on the innovation chapter and responsible for the chapter on Capacities and Capacity Development for Energy Transitions. She has undertaken numerous research and capacity building projects and consultancies for various governments and international agencies, including the EU, OECD, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, IDRC and the World Bank. She serves on a number of advisory and editorial Boards. Among her recent publications are Making Choices About Hydrogen: Transport Issues for Developing Countries (edited with Grant Boyle) Tokyo: UNU Press, Ottawa: IDRC Press, 2008 and  Innovation and Economic Development (ed.) The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2007.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Mytelka, Lynn K., 2006, Divides and Rules: The Impact of New Wave Technologies on Learning and Innovation in the South, Journal of International Development, Vol. 18, pp. 1-16
    • Mytelka, Lynn K., 2006, Divides and Rules: The Impact of New Wave Technologies on Learning and Innovation in the South, Journal of International Development, 18: 861-876
    • Hall, Andy, Lynn K. Mytelka & Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, 2005, The innovation systems concept: implications for agricultural research policy and practice, ILAC Policy Brief, No.2., International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. Rome in pp 4
    • Mytelka, Lynn K., 2004, Clustering, Long Distance Partnerships and the SME: A Study of the French Biotechnology Sector, Journal of International Technology Management, 24:8, pp.791-808
    • Mytelka, Lynn K. & Lou Anne Barclay, 2004, Using Foreign Investment Strategically for Innovation, European Journal of Development Research , 16:3, pp. 527-555
    • Delapierre, Michel & Lynn K. Mytelka, 2003, Cascades d’Innovations et Nouvelles Strategies Oligopolistiques, Revue D’Economie Industrielle, 103: 2eme et 3eme trimestres, pp.233-252
    • Mytelka, Lynn K. & Keith Smith, 2002, Policy Learning and Innovation Theory: An Interactive and Co-Evolving Process, Research Policy, 14:23, pp. 1-13