Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper was the founding director of United Nations University - Institute for New Technologies, Maastricht from the period of 1990 to 2000. He was the founding director of the Maastricht-based United Nations University Institute for New Technologies, UNU-INTECH (now UNU-MERIT). In 1985, the Dutch Government asked him to prepare a feasibility study on the creation of a UNU Institute specializing in the social and economics aspects of new technologies. The report was presented to UNU in 1987 and was to form the basis for setting up the new Institute in 1990. At that time he was a professorial fellow at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and had established a world-wide reputation in a long career that began at the OECD in the 1960s. Between July 1969 and July 1981 he was based at SPRU and the Institute of Development Studies, both at the University of Sussex, UK.

In recognition of his immense contribution to our understanding of the role of technology in economic development - and the pivotal role he played in forging close ties between UNU-INTECH and MERIT, UNU-MERIT launched the Charles Cooper Memorial Lecture Series in January 2007. The lecture series will contribute to better public understanding of science, technology and innovation in the development process.


Cooper, C., R. Turner, et al. (1995). Technological upgrading, manufactured exports and optimal accumulation. Maastricht, The Netherlands, The United Nations University, Institute of New Technologies.

Cooper, C (1995). Technology and industrial competitiveness in developing countries, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Cooper, C. (1994). Science and technology in Africa under conditions of economic crisis and structural adjustment. Maastricht, Netherlands, United Nations University.

Cooper, C. (1994). Technology and innovation in the international economy. Aldershot, Hants, England; Brookfield, Vt., USA; Tokyo, Japan, E. Elgar ; United Nations University Press

Cooper, C. (1991). Are innovation studies on industrialised economies relevant to technology policy in developing countries? Maastricht, United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies

Cooper, C (1984). ‘Learning-by-doing' in an open economy version of the Feldman model, ISS working paper series / General series, ISSN: 0921-0210, series_number: 022

Cooper, C. and J. Clark (1982). Employment, economics, and technology : the impact of technological change on the labour market. Sussex; New York, Wheatsheaf Books ; St. Martin's Press.

Cooper, C. (1981). Economic evaluation and the environment : a methodological discussion with particular reference to developing countries. London, Hodder and Stoughton.

Cooper, C. and B. World (1980). Policy interventions for technological innovation in developing countries. Washington, D.C., World Bank

Cooper, C. and R. Kaplinsky (1974). Second-hand equipment in a developing country : a study of jute-processing in Kenya. Geneva, International Labour Office.

Cooper, C., N. Whelan, et al. (1973). Science, technology, and industry in Ireland; report to the National Science Council. Dublin, Stationery Office.

Cooper, C. (1973). Science, technology and development; the political economy of technical advance in underdeveloped countries. London, F. Cass

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