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Professor Ranga holds a European PhD and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy studies, both from the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), Sussex University, UK. She is currently CEO of the Triple Helix Research Group plc Belgium, a Visiting Fellow in the School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, UK and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nuclei of Studies in Innovation, Knowledge and Work at the Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to coming to Stanford, she held Assistant Professor positions in Innovation Management at Newcastle University Business School, UK, and Groningen University, the Netherlands, and research positions at SPRU, Sussex University, UK and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
Professor Ranga has been a member of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development since the Board's inception in 1995, and a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe's Expert Group on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies since 2007. She is also a consultant for the European Commission in several projects, such as the PRO INNO TrendChart, ERAWATCH Research Inventory, METRIS (Analysis of Social Sciences and Humanities in the EU27 countries), and the European Observatory of Research Universities.
Her research interests include national and regional innovation systems, Triple Helix interactions and the evolution of the entrepreneurial university, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. She led and/or contributed to various research projects for the European Commission, United Nations, national and regional governments, examining knowledge flows in the European Research Area based on university patenting in the 27 EU countries, research policies in the top nine non-European R&D spenders, the use and effect of New Instruments in the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme, the economic impact of large-scale research facilities, the effects of size on research performance, creation of high-tech valleys in Lithuania, linkages between small firms and knowledge institutions in Northern Netherlands, entrepreneurship policies and practice for Northeast England. Recently, she was involved in an EU-funded study on the participation of women in technology transfer and entrepreneurship in four European countries (UK, Germany, Finland and Romania) and chaired the Special Track on Gender, Science, Technology and Innovation and a Gender Expert Panel in the Triple Helix VII International Conference (Glasgow, June 2009).
Professor Ranga has authored several articles in prestigious academic journals such as Research Policy, Scientometrics, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Science and Public Policy, etc., book chapters and research reports on the European entrepreneurial university and Triple Helix interactions, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship (e.g. the book chapter 'The Coming Gender Revolution in Science', in the New Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Cambridge: MIT Press, co-authored with Etzkowitz et al). She is currently Guest Editor (together with Prof. Henry Etzkowitz) of a Special Issue on Gender and Technology for the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation (Spring 2010).
During her fellowship at Stanford, Professor Ranga worked on a book together with Prof. Henry Etzkowitz - "The 'Vanish Box' of Women in Science: From Academia to Technology Transfer", which analyses a significant phenomenon emerging at the intersection of science and economy in the Knowledge Society: many highly skilled female scientists take up careers in technology transfer and other science-related professions that provide not only new career paths, but also more favourable work conditions than academia.
Professor Ranga was a fellow at the Clayman Institute from November 2009 to June 2010.