Robyn Klingler-Vidra

Robyn Klingler-Vidra


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    Research interests

    • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Competitiveness
    • Venture capital markets
    • Political Economy of East Asia
    • Inclusive Innovation
    • Diffusion and Contextual Rationality
    • Patient capital
    • Sustainability policy

    Dr Klingler-Vidra is currently engaged in several research projects. First, since 2010 she has been investigating why and how the Silicon Valley model is adapted as it diffuses globally, with particular emphasis on the forms innovation policies take in East Asia (see The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia, Cornell University Press, 2018). Second, she is exploring the relationship between the personal characteristics of policymakers and their innovation policy preferences. This includes the educational backgrounds of innovation policymakers, such as where and what they study at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Third, she is examining emerging models of inclusive innovation, from both a policy and grassroots level, in Southeast Asia. Fourth, she is working with Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo to explore the social drivers of startup capitalism. 

    Biographical details

    Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra is Reader in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at King’s Business School. She is the author of The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018) and Inclusive Innovation (with Alex Glennie and Courtney Savie Lawrence, Routledge, 2022).

    Her research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital and has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including International Affairs, International Studies Quarterly, New Political Economy and Regulation & Governance.

    She has delivered executive education for the LSE, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tel Aviv University and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and led international studies for the UN Development Programme. She is the academic co-lead of Carrots & Sticks, the world's most comprehensive database of corporate sustainability policies.

    Robyn obtained her BA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her MSc and PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Research interests (short)

    • Corporate sustainability policy
    • Diffusion and Bounded Rationality
    • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Competitiveness
    • Inclusive innovation
    • Political Economy of East Asia
    • Venture capital

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, All Politics is Local: Sources of Variance in the diffusion of venture capital policies, LSE London School of Economics & Political Science

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2014


    • JQ Political institutions Asia
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Venture Capital
    • Sustainability
    • Institutions


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