Afonso Amaral, researcher at IN+ and Ph.D candidate at Instituto Superior Técnico and Carnegie Mellon University, had a paper distinguished as a Highly Commended piece by the Babbage Industrial Innovation Policy Awards at the University of Cambridge. This work was Afonso Amaral's first paper and the only representing a Portuguese and American university in this competition. The paper is entitled "National core competencies and dynamic capabilities in times of crisis – Regulation of ventilators and new market entrants in Portugal versus Spain" and is co-authored by his three Ph.D. supervisors Granger Morgan, Joana Mendonça and Erica R.H. Fuchs.
Of the many papers submitted, seven were given highly commended and three winners were given joint first. Jaime Bonnin Roca, former IN+ researcher and graduated from the CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy in 2017 at Instituto Superior Técnico and Carnegie Mellon University, was one of the joint winners.
The Babbage Industrial Innovation Policy Awards at the University of Cambridge was created to encourage practice-oriented academic and professional contributions to industrial innovation policy analysis and design. The competition seeks to elicit new, multi-disciplinary insights, analysis or synthesis to enhance the development of effective policies towards industrial innovation and the juri includes leading international academics from economics, engineering, management and political science.