I. Ulnicane MSc (Inga)

Inga Ulnicane-Ozolina

Ravelijn room RA 4424

Inga Ulnicane
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


Since October 2008 Inga Ulnicane is working at the STePS department on her PhD Thesis on influence of institute governance on international research collaboration in nano S&T in Europe. Inga holds BA and MA in Political Science from University of Latvia, MA in European Studies from University of Basel, Switzerland, and MPhil in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. In 2011 she was a visiting researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Her stay at MIoIR (September-December 2011) was supported by the mobility award from the Eu-SPRI – European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation.

Before joining the STePS department, Inga has taught Political Science and done qualitative and quantitative research in social sciences including studies on science, innovation and higher education policy. From 2006 to 2008 she had been a country expert for ERAWATCH, TRENDCHART and UNIDEV projects at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Recent research

In the PhD Thesis, the influence of governance of public research institutes on international collaboration in nano S&T in Europe is studied. This study addresses the following research questions: What motivates scientists to collaborate internationally? If and how does the institute governance facilitate or hamper emergence and development of international collaboration? And what kind of dynamics of convergence and diversity in research governance can be observed across national and organizational boundaries?

Empirically, international collaborations of the German public research institutes - Max-Planck, Helmholtz, Leibniz, Fraunhofer – in nano S&T with their counterparts in Europe are studied. The study combines multiple methods and data sources. In particular, 60 semi-structured interviews with scientists collaborating internationally in 30 leading nano S&T institutes in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and United Kingdom have be conducted (2009-2011).

Since 2012, a number of new research activities are undertaken to study the governance of the European Research Area (ERA). These include participation in setting up a new international research network for studies of the ERA and involvement in the European project RIF 2030 “Research and Innovation Futures 2030”.


Inga Ulnicane has been involved in teaching Political Science since 1997. She has developed and taught public administration, policy analysis and political economy courses. At the STePS department she has taught Innovation and Technology Dynamics course in the Business Administration Master Program. This course covers topics of innovation systems, socio-technical transitions, and RTDI policy instruments.

Recent conference presentations and papers

  • “Changing governance of research activities: Transnational convergence vs. diverse impacts”, presentation at the 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science)/EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology) conference, 17-20/10/2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • “How does the design of joint research activities matter: Different conditions for knowledge co-production in formal and informal international research collaboration”, paper presented at the 28th EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium “Design!?”, Sub-theme “Organizing Science”, 4-7/7/2012, Helsinki, Finland.
  • “Reconciling organizational diversity: Influence of institute governance on international research collaboration”, presentation at the European Sociological Association 10th conference, SSTNET (Sociology of Science and Technology Network) session, 7-10/09/2011, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • “International collaboration in nano S&T as a change mechanism in research institutes”, presentation at the Eu-SPRI conference “Tentative Governance”, 28-29/10/2010, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Selected publications

  • Adamsone-Fiskovica, A., J. Kristapsons, E. Tjunina, I. Ulnicane-Ozolina (2011) “Latvia: Repositioning of Academic Institutions in a Catching-Up Country”, in: Gorasson, B., C.Brundenius (Eds.) “Universities in Transition. The Changing Role and Challenges for Academic Institutions”, Springer, pp.219-246.
  • Adamsone-Fiskovica, A., J. Kristapsons, E. Tjunina, I. Ulnicane-Ozolina (2009) “Moving beyond teaching and research: economic and social tasks of universities in LatviaScience and Public Policy, Special issue on third mission, Guest editors: Gorasson, B., R.Maharajh, U.Schmoch, Vol.36, Number 2, pp.133-137.
  • Kristapsons, J., A. Adamsone-Fiskovica, I. Ulnicane-Ozolina (2009) “ERAWATCH Country Report 2008: An assessment of research system and policies: Latvia”, European Commission, Directorate General for Research.
  • Adamsone-Fiskovica, A., J.Kristapsons, I. Ulnicane-Ozolina (2008) “INNO-Policy TrendChart - Policy Trends and Appraisal Report: Latvia”, European Commission, Enterprise Directorate-General.
  • Ulnicane-Ozolina, I. (2007) “Lisbon Strategy for Facilitation of Knowledge and Innovation”, in Ozolina, Z. (Ed.) “Latvia’s View of the Future of European Union”, Zinatne, pp.187-213. (in Latvian)
  • Rasnaca, L., V.Daukste, Z.Krisjane, I.Ulnicane-Ozolina (2007) “Regional Development in Latvia”, in: Zobena, A. (Ed.) “Latvia. Human Development Report 2006/2007. Human Capital”, University of Latvia, Chapter 2, pp.44-63.
  • Kristapsons, J., I. Ulnicane, A. Adamsone-Fiskovica (2006) “Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the knowledge based economy in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007-2013. Country Report: Latvia”, European Commission, Regional Policy Directorate-General.
  • Ulnicane, I. (2006) “Building Innovation Capacities in New Europe: Role of Public Policy”, in: King, R., T.Muravska (Eds.) “European Union Enlargement of 2004 and Beyond: Responding to the Political, Legal and Socio-Economic Challenges”, University of Latvia, pp.497-508.
  • Ulnicane, I. (2005) “The Impact of the EU on the Development of National Systems of Innovation in New Member States: Opportunities and Challenges”, in: Formica, P., J.Stabulnieks (Eds.), “Knowledge Based Entrepreneurship: Innovation policy and dynamic development of knowledge-driven entrepreneurship. Baltic Dynamics 2004”, EffeElle Editori, pp.153-162.
  • Ulnicane, I. (2005) “Europeanization of Research, Technological Development and Innovation Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Role of Domestic Factors”, in: Ozolina, Z. (Ed.) “Scientific Papers University of Latvia Volume 686 Political Science”, University of Latvia, pp.127-142. (in Latvian)
  • Jansone, D., I.Reinholde, I.Ulnicane (2002) “Public Administration in Latvia”, University of Latvia. (in Latvian)


Other professional activities

  • Co-organizer of the international conference “INTERACT UNI: New perspectives on enduring research questions in university-society interaction?”, at University of Twente, May 9-11, 2012.
  • Reviewer for Research Policy (since 2009)
  • Co-editor of three edited volumes of the Political Science Department, University of Latvia: Alternative V, Alternative VI, Latvia 2020 (2007-2008)
  • Contributions to the meetings and publications of the Teaching and Learning Politics network of the epsNet (European Political Science Network) (2005-2008)