Evaluating co-innovation principles in a fundamental bioprotection research programme addressing challenges to potato production
Co-innovation can be effective for addressing complex challenges involving multiple stakeholders who hold diverse viewpoints and perceptions. Addressing these challenges requires changes at various scales. However, there is limited systematic research on how co-innovation can work in different projects and what impacts it can have on the outcome. Co-innovation principles were tested for their potential to enhance the impact delivered by a fundamental research project investigating options for managing the tomato potato psyllid/Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum complex in potato crops. A series of interviews and workshops were undertaken to increase interactions within the programme and with industry stakeholders. Additionally, a member of the research team, trained in co-innovation theory and practice, took a leadership role in planning and delivering technology transfer activities. The effects of bringing co-innovation principles to the programme are described, in particular the challenges encountered when introducing these concepts into a fundamental research programme.