University of Gothenburg


The Gothenburg U-GOT KIES centre focuses our attention on the dynamics of knowledge-intensive innovation ecosystems, and especially how and why they help create conditions for economic growth and impact the prosperity of societies.

Background and formalities

The Gothenburg U-GOT KIES centre provides a unique opportunity to promote long-term excellence in research on our topics, which also influence the future of society and the economy.

Note that the centre is expected to be truly international, and activities reflect the interests of the community of affiliated researchers. Hence, the Gothenburg U-GOT KIES centre is supported by constituent members – eg. our affiliated researchers and societal advisory council – who are passionate about their respective research and how to further impact the university and society. They will take on important roles in developing the planned activities, in bringing in additional scholars into activities, and in renewing the university.

Moreover, promoting long-term excellence in research on our topics is a strategic investment to further develop framework condition to support Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship” (VR DNR 2017-03360). The Distinguished Professor’s Program is a large-scale 10-year program.

Finally, the locality of the center matters in that the local and distant society will be impacted. Gothenburg is an exciting city, exhibiting renewal over time, within different knowledge-intensive ecosystems. An example is automobile and transportation manufacturing, which has now moved into AI and electro-mobility. We are linked into the local community, and will provide a gateway for diverse societal actors to access this group of researchers. We will develop digital tools for diffusion.

The Vice-Chancellor of Gothenburg University has taken the formal decision to initiate our centre, running in this phase from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2027. The Gothenburg U-GOT KIES centre is formally constituted as a cross-faculty and cross-university research center to stimulate research and societal impact related to knowledge-intensive innovation ecosystems. The Centre cooperates with the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The host department responsible for infrastructure and support is the Department of Economy and Society, University of Gothenburg.