Research project

Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments (LIPSE) 

Funded by the EU's FP7 framework, the LIPSE research project (Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments) identifies drivers and barriers to successful innovation in the public sector in eleven EU countries and seven policy sectors. The project consortium focuses on five building blocks of social innovation in the public sector: the innovation environment, the inputs and outputs of innovation, tools and processes, and systems of public innovation.

Objectives and responsibilities

Organised into seven work packages, the project consortium:

  • Maps institutional environments to study the role of social networks and leadership in determining the public sector’s capacity to innovate
  • Examines citizens' roles in innovation processes, especially in terms of co-production and co-creation practices
  • Analyses the use of risk management in public sector innovation
  • Assesses what factors contribute to the successful adoption and diffusion of ICT-driven social innovations, looking especially at ‘teleworking’ and E-Procurement practices

Finally, the project is responsible for developing a comprehensive set of public sector social innovation indicators and explores future trends in social innovation through scenario-mapping with academics and practitioners.



The Hertie School, represented by Kai Wegrich and Gerhard Hammerschmid, is primarily responsible for disseminating the project’s results on the project website ( and through articles, books, road shows and conferences across Europe.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr Victor Bekkers and Dr Lars Tummers from Erasmus University Rotterdam. The other participating universities are: The University of Edinburgh, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Radboud University Nijmegen, Roskilde Universitet, Hertie School, Ecole Nationale d'administration, Tallinn University of Technology, ESADE, Universita Commerciale 'Luigi Bocconi', National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, and Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici.



LIPSE has a lifespan of three and a half years, starting in February, 2013.



LIPSE is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.


LIPSE website

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