Ruth Knoblich
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Ruth Knoblich

Doctoral student supervised by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer




Ruth Knoblich has been working as a DAAD Lecturer at the South African-German Centre for Development Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, since December 2019. She is an associated member and part of the structured PhD programme "International Development Studies" at the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at Ruhr University Bochum, where she was previously employed as a research fellow. Ruth is a research associate in the Intellectual Property Unit of the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town, where she spent 16 months as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in 2017/2018.

Research interests

Regulation of STI in the context of sustainable development | Innovation systems in emerging countries | New technologies in Africa | International science and technology cooperation | Science diplomacy

Doctoral project

Ruth Knoblich investigates how countries with advanced technological innovation profiles and highly unequal societies regulate intellectual property rights against the background of their respective innovation systems. The main assumption is that such countries are facing a multitude of sometimes contradictory objectives when it comes to regulating IP, which are potentially driven by three main sources of legitimacy: techno-nationalism, social development and inclusion as well as internationalization. Ruth uses the example of South Africa to examine the extent to which institutional path dependencies and actors' interests impact the complex decision-making setting, thereby contributing to an understanding of the dynamics and development paths of southern innovation systems over time.

Selected publications

  • Knoblich, Ruth (2017): Die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte. Interessen, Strategien und Einfluss Brasiliens, Indiens und Chinas. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Knoblich, Ruth; Mayer, Maximilian; Carpes, Mariana (Eds.) (2014): The Global Politics of Science and Technology Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 - Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines. Heidelberg: Springer Publishing.
  • Knoblich, Ruth (2019): Book Review: 'Knowledge and Global Power: Making New Sciences in the South'  (Edited by Fran Collyer et al.). Johannesburg, South Africa: Wits University Press 2019. European Journal of Risk Regulation.
  • Knoblich, Ruth; Schonwetter, Tobias (2018): Rising Middle-IP Powers dissolving the North/South polarization in the international IP system. University of  Capetown Intellectual Property Unit.

Last updated: 07 February, 2024

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