Department of Organization


Room: KIL/14.A-4.95
Susana Borras
Susana Borrás is Professor at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark. She holds a Degree (UAB, Barcelona) and a PhD (EUI, Florence) in political science and sociology. She conducts research on the interaction between governance and innovation. Her research interests are on the following related topics: the design of innovation policy and its instruments, the governance of change and scale-up processes in socio-technical systems, the organizational strategies of legitimation in science and technology regulatory areas, and the organizational capacity and processes related to social learning and policy learning.
For more than two decades Susana Borrás has advised governments and institutions at international and national levels on matters of science, technology and innovation policy. She is currently member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV), and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for European Studies, Sciences-Po Paris, France. From 2013 to end-2016 was board member of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. In 2010 she was member of the group of experts who conducted the mid-term evaluation of the EU’s FP7, which served as a basis for the political discussions that lead to the new EU’s framework, the so-called “Horizon 2020”. And in 2010-2014 was member of the Danish Research Policy Council, advising the Danish Minister and Parliament. 


Primary research areas
  • Governance of science and innovation
  • Organizing change in socio-technical systems
  • Innovation policy and innovation systems
  • Organizational capacity
  • Social and Policy Learning
  • Legitimacy of science and technology governance
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  • Regulation and Governance of Digital Business (BSc Digital Management)
  • Social Science Research Design and Methods (PhD course)
  • Business and European Governance (BSc European Business)



She supervises at Ph.D., Master thesis, and Bachelor thesis levels in the areas related to her teaching and research.

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Susana Borrás; Stine Haakonsson; René Taudal Poulsen; Trine Pallesen; Christian Hendriksen; Lucas Somavilla; Susanna Kugelberg; Henrik Larsen; Francesco Gerli / The Transformative Capacity of Public Sector Organizations in Sustainability Transitions : A Conceptualization.
Lund : Lund University 2023, 47 p. (Papers in Innovation Studies, No. 2023/02)
Working paper
David Howoldt; Susana Borrás / Innovation Policy Instruments for Grand Challenges : Targeting Constellations of Diverse R&I Actors?.
In: Industry and Innovation, 6.10.2022
Journal article > peer review
Susana Borrás; Sylvia Schwaag Serger / The Design of Transformative Research and Innovation Policy Instruments for Grand Challenges : The Policy-nesting Perspective.
In: Science and Public Policy, Vol. 49, No. 5, 10.2022, p. 659-672
Journal article > peer review
Lasse Bundgaard; Susana Borrás / City-wide Scale-up of Smart City Pilot Projects : Governance Conditions.
In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 172, 11.2021
Journal article > peer review
Susana Borrás; Jakob Edler / The Roles of the State in the Governance of Socio-Technical Systems' Transformation
München : Fraunhofer 2020, 27 p. (Fraunhofer ISI Discussion Papers Innovation Systems and Policy Analysis, No. 65)
Working paper
Susana Borrás; Jakob Edler / The Roles of the State in the Governance of Socio-technical Systems’ Transformation
In: Research Policy, Vol. 49, No. 5, 6.2020
Journal article > peer review
Susana Borrás / Changes in European Research and Innovation Governance : Coordination Effects and Membership Effects.
In: Handbook on Science and Public Policy. ed. /Dagmar Simon; Stefan Kuhlmann; Julia Stamm; Weert Canzler. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2019, p. 401-418 (Research on Public Policy)
Book chapter > peer review
Susana Borrás / Domestic Capacity to Deliver Innovative Solutions for Grand Social Challenges
In: The Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration. ed. /Diane Stone; Kim Moloney. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2019, p. 182-199
Book chapter > peer review
B. Guy Peters; Susana Borrás / Governance and European Integration
In: Introduction to Political Sociology. ed. /Benedikte Brincker. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 195-312
Book chapter > peer review
Susana Borrás; Charles Edquist / Holistic Innovation Policy : Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems, and Instrument Choices.
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2019, 320 p.
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Outside activities
November 2022 - December 2023
43 days
European Commission
High level expert panel
No outside activities to report
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
1 month visiting professor in March 2020
Research Council Norway (RCN)
Chair of the evaluation board for the FORINNPOL call for proposals
European Union H2020 - Research Executive Agency of the European Commission 
Chair of the board evaluating research proposals under the call TRANSFORMATIONS-13-2018
International Public Policy Association and the University of Padova
3 days of teaching at: “International Summer School in Public Policy 2019”. Teaching in Democratic governance, Policy Innovation and Learning”.
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