Mónica Edwards Schachter, PhD – Independent research and miValu CEO (Spain)
Mónica Edwards-Schachter is a multidisciplinary researcher, writer, consultant, trainer and scientific disseminator with more than 25 years of experience in science and engineering education and innovation studies, particularly in social innovation, creativity and competences development. Dr. Cum Laude from the University of Valencia with a pioneering dissertation on the planetary crisis and sustainability education (Spain, 2003) and Phd (ABD) on Innovation and Engineering Projects (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2006). She holds Bachelor Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Science Education. From 2007 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO) within the Torres Quevedo and Jae-Doc programes supported by the Spanish Research Council. She has over 130 publications, including prestigious journals as Research Policy, Creativity and Thinking Skills, Review of Policy Research and editorials like Springer, Taylor & Francis, McMillan and IGI Global. She is currently participating in the project Social Innovation futures: beyond policy panacea and conceptual ambiguity, supported by EU-spri (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation). She received various prizes, like the IBM Award (Science in Action contest, 2012) with a game for scientific reasoning decision-making related to climate change and her book Redes para la Paz (Networks for peace), an essay on the interrelationships between peace, environment and sustainability (2007). Since 2008 she is blogger on innovation and creativity topics at the magazine Tendencias21 and from 2011 on living labs & hubs in Entrepreneurial Spaces & Collectivities (ESCies, UK).