Professor of Economic Policy
Department of Economics and Business Administation,
University of Alcalá.
Director of the research group INSERAS, services for society.
Previous academic positions include:
– Visiting Fullbright Schuman Scholar at Boston University (USA),
– Distinguished professsor at VTT-Tekes (Finland),
– Honorary scholar at the University of Birmingham (UK)
– President of the European Association for Services Research (RESER).
Previous staff positions at international institutions:
– The World Bank Group, Washington DC, USA (2012-2016)
– the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (2002-2004).
Teaching on Economic Policy and Innovation
Do not interfere the market where it works out… I have always asserted that there is only one thing worst than the market: no market.
On-going H2020 Project
COVAL Understanding value co-creation in public services for transforming European public administrations 2008-2011
Bridging service experiences and service innovation: a new model for understanding the future of servicesRubalcaba, L. (2018)
Experience and innovation in services: from human encounters to social buildingRubalcaba, L. (2018)
Understanding social innovation in service industries. Industry and InnovationGallouj, F., Rubalcaba, L., Windrum, P and Toivonen, M. (2018)
CompetitivenessRubalcaba, L. (2017)
Social innovation: an emerging research field?Van der Have, R., and Rubalcaba, L. (2016)
The study of economics does not seem to require any specialised gifts of an unusually high order. Is it not, intellectually regarded, a very easy subject compared with the higher branches of philosophy and pure science? Yet good, or even competent, economists are the rarest of birds. An easy subject, at which few excel! The paradox finds its explanation, perhaps, in that the master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must reach a high standard in several different directions and must combine talents not often found together. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher—in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man’s nature or his institutions must lie entirely outside his regard. He must be purposeful and disinterested in a simultaneous mood; as aloof and incorruptible as an artist, yet sometimes as near the earth as a politician.
Public-Private Innovation Networks in Services
/ Ed. Edward Elgar
Gallouj, F., Rubalcaba, L. and P. Windrum (eds.) (2013)
The New Service Economy: Challenges and Policy implications for Europe
/ Edward Elgar, Glos (UK)
and Massachussets (US)
Rubalcaba, L. (2007)
La innovación y la nueva economía de servicios en América Latina y el Caribe. Retos e implicaciones de política
CINVE – IDB
Aboal, D., Crespi, G. y L. Rubalcaba (2015)
To call a field a science should not spell either a compliment or the reverse.