Personal profile


Annick Castiaux has a PhD in Physics realised under the auspices of the Belgian National Foundation for Research (FNRS). After several post-doctoral projects supported by the European Union, she decided to join the private sector. During 4 years, she worked as a consultant in Information and Knowledge Management for I.R.I.S. SA, an spin-off company located in Louvain-la-Neuve. This experience gave her some knowledge of public and private organisations and their difficulties to manage technological changes. In 2002, she came back to the university as a Professor of Innovation and Technology Management. She teaches strategy and innovation courses, integrating both technological and managerial viewpoint. Her research interest is in the field of innovation management, with a focus on ICT and sustainable (eco-friendly) technologies. She is motivated by the study of complex managerial situations where a systemic approach is needed, as collaborative or participatory innovation. In 2016, she founded the Creativity and Innovation research center with 4 other academic colleagues. This center includes now 18 researchers. One of the current focuses of the center concerns the digital transition of organisations and territories, with a particular attention to sustainability and inclusion challenges.

Areas of expertise

Knowledge management
Innovation management
Collaborative & participatory innovation
DIgital transition
Sustainable innovation
"Smart" cities
Managerial innovation

External responsibilities


Member of various scientific committees of conferences in Innovation Management: Triple Helix, ISPIM, AIMS, System Dynamics Society

Ad hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Technovation, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, International Journal of Technology Management



Knut Holt Award (ISPIM) - 2005


PhD in Physics

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996


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