Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning

Evolutionary Approach to Policy Learning, Knowledge Governance,
and Decision-Making

Theme

I am developing the evolutionary approach focusing on knowledge for policymaking. In a nutshell, there are three fundamental variables:

  • More heterogeneity of knowledge is likely to promote the emergence of ‘deviant contribution’ leading to policy innovation.
  • Policymakers are selective on which knowledge to use for their purpose, and this depends on their policy paradigm shaping core beliefs and preferences.
  • Preservation refers to the way we keep the memory of past experiences of policymaking.

These three (analytical and normative) variables are used to analyse how and which knowledge leads to policy innovation/change. Finally, all these aspects should be investigated considering the spatiality of policy learning.

Ideas for future collaborations

[to be completed] I would like to have more case studies to apply the evolutionary framework testing the validity of these hypotheses. Furthermore, the theoretical framework needs further development combining policy studies and knowledge management.

Publications & Projects
  • Dotti, N. F. (Ed.). (2018, forthcoming). Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions. From Research to Practice. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publisher.
    • Gerritsen, A. L., & Dotti, N. F. (2018). Knowledge Governance: Theoretical and Empirical Reflections on territorial innovation policy. In N. F. Dotti (Ed.), Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions. From Research to Practice. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Dotti, N. F., & Colombino, A. (2018). Knowledge for policymaking: an evolutionary perspective to achieve policy resilience. In N. F. Dotti (Ed.), Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions. From Research to Practice. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Dotti, N. F., & Colombo, A. (2018). Conclusions on Research-Policy Dialogue. In N. F. Dotti (Ed.), Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions. From Research to Practice. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Dotti, N. F. (2018). Knowledge that matters for the ‘survival of unfittest’: The case of the new Brussels’ rail junction. Transport Policy, online first version. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X16306072
  • Dotti, N. F., Lazzeri, G., & Bramanti, A. (2018). Smart timing and specialized spaces: Reflections on the implementation of smart specialisation strategies in Milan and Brussels. Public Policy Portuguese Journal, 3(1), 44-56. http://gdoc.uevora.pt/562470
  • Dotti, N. F. (2016). Abundant water, abundant knowledge: Cognitive patterns for policy changes in Brussels’ water management system. European Urban and Regional Studies, 0969776416677621. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776416677621
  • Dotti, N. F. (Ed.). (2016). Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a research-policy dialogue. Brussels: RSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy. Retrieved from http://www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/documents/Lessons4CP.pdf
    • Dotti, N. F. (2016). A Research-Policy Dialogue for the EU Cohesion Policy. In N. F. Dotti (Ed.), Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a research-policy dialogue. (pp. 26–42). Brussels, Belgium: RSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy. Retrieved from http://www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/documents/Lessons4CP.pdf
  • Dotti, N. F. (2016). Knowledge, policymaking and learning: an evolutionary approach to achieve policy resilience in European cities. In J. Bloomfield (Ed.), Making cities. Visions for an urban future (pp. 84–90). Brussels, Belgium: Eurocities. Retrieved from http://eurocities.eu/30visionsforcities
  • Dotti, N. F. (2015). Global growth agendas: regions, institutions and sustainability. Town Planning Review86(6), 733–738. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2015.41a