About Us

The Triple Helix Research Group at H-STAR comprises:

Professor Henry Etzkowitz' photoProfessor Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Professor at School of Management, Birkbeck College, London University and Edinburgh University Business School, UK.

Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the 'Entrepreneurial University' and 'Triple Helix' concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels. As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.

Prior to coming to Stanford, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, UK and served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, US. He has developed several innovative concepts for university-industry-government  linkages together with colleagues in the Triple Helix Research Group at Newcastle University Business School, including: (i) the 'Professors of Practice' (half-time dual positions in high-tech firm and academia held by high-tech entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds and research interests), implemented with the support of the Regional Development Agency One Northeast as a signature feature of Newcastle Science City; and (ii) the 'Novum Trivium', a undergraduate degree program proposed as a contribution to the Bologna process, which combines a specialized academic field (e.g. science, arts, engineering, etc.), with training in entrepreneurship and innovation and a foreign language and culture.

Professor Etzkowitz is the author of Triple Helix: University, Industry Government Innovation in Action (Routledge, 2008), MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (Routledge, 2002) and co-author of Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Public Venture Capital (Harcourt, 2000), and Universities and the Commercialization of Knowledge: New Dimensions for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, In Press). Recently he co-edited The Capitalization of Knowledge: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government (Edward Elgar, 2010) (with Riccardo Viale). He publishes regularly in Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, R&D Management, European Planning Studies and Minerva.

Dr. Marina Ranga's photoDr. Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University.

Marina Ranga holds a PhD and MSc in Science and Technology Policy studies from SPRU, Sussex University, UK, and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. She joined Stanford as Faculty Research Fellow of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2009-2010) and subsequently became a Senior Researcher at the Human Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR).  Prior to Stanford, she was Assistant Professor in Innovation Management at Newcastle University, UK and Groningen University, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University New York, Department of Technology and Society, and Sussex University, School of Business, Management and Economics (UK).

Dr. Ranga’ s research interests include national and regional innovation systems, policies and strategies, Triple Helix interactions and the evolution of the entrepreneurial university, the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Areas and integration with national/regional research and education policies, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. 

She is a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Expert Group on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies and of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development. She is also a consultant for the European Commission (DG Research, DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Education, DG Regio) in several initiatives: PRO INNO TrendChart, ERAWATCH Research Inventory and Intelligence Services, METRIS - Analysis of Social Sciences and Humanities in EU27, European Observatory of Research Universities and Funding Agencies in EU27, evaluation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy of the European Union, State Aid for RDI, ERALAW, Regional Innovation Monitor. She led or contributed to various research projects for the European Commission, the OECD (Regional Competitiveness Initiative of Investment Compact for South East Europe), national and regional governments (e.g. Lithuania, Northeast and Southeast England, Northern Netherlands, Flemish government, etc.) and government agencies, e.g. the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Dr. Ranga is the Chair of the Strategy Committee of the Triple Helix Association (THA) and serves as member in several other THA committees and editorial board of the THA Newsletter. She co-organized Triple Helix 9 International Triple Helix Conference held in July 2011 at Stanford University, and chaired the conference Scientific Committee. Together with Henry Etzkowitz, she contributed to the development of concepts like ‘Triple Helix Systems’, 'Professors of Practice' and 'Novum Trivium'.

Dr. Ranga has authored several book chapters, research reports and articles in Research Policy, Scientometrics, Science and Public Policy, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Journal of Technology Management and Innovation, International Journal of Transition ad Innovation Systems, European Planning Studies, etc. She is co-author (with Henry Etzkowitz) of the forthcoming book Gender Dynamics in Science and Technology: The “Vanish Box” Phenomenon (Cambridge University Press) and guest-editor of several Special Issues for the Journal of Technology Management (June 2010), Innovation, European Planning Studies (September 2012), and International Journal of Transition and Innovation Systems (fall 2012).