Blandine Laperche is Professor of Economics at the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO, France). She is also President of the Research Network on Innovation (RNI), an international scientific association in innovation economics, management and engineering ( She is editor-in-chief of the journal Innovations, Revue d'Economie et de Management de l'Innovation / Journal of Innovation Economics and Management ( She specialises in the economics of innovation and sustainable development, focusing on two main themes: firstly, the analysis of innovation systems (national, regional and local) and the innovation strategies of organisations; secondly, the analysis of the role of new economic models (circular economy) in regional development.