Science and Innovations in Iran: Development, Progress, and Challenges

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Editors: Abdol S. Soofi and Sepehr Ghazinoory

Hardcover: 274 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137030097
ISBN-13: 978-1137030092

Book Description

Over the course of the last two decades, Iran has gone through major industrial transformation, in spite of major obstacles in the path of the country's development. This comprehensive book examines the Iranian government's mobilization of resources to develop science and technology, presenting an overview of the structure, dynamics, and outcomes of the government's science and technology policies. It evaluates sectors at the systems level and emphasizes the prominence of government, rather than of the market, in the innovation system of the Iranian economy. Written by authors who are in positions of leadership in the industries they discuss, this book offers an unparalleled look into Iran's current technology achievements.


Political Science, Public Policy, General

Political Science / Political Economy
Political Science / Public Policy / General
Science / General
Technology & Engineering / General
Technology & Engineering / Military Science


"This book shifts the focus from militarism and Islamic fundamentalism to the structure and reasons for the growth of science in the country . . . the book is a worthwhile reminder that Iran . . . is more complex than the story line that has been generally disseminated in the US. The chapters on the history of the science in Iran and the country's scientific educational system are particularly interesting . . . Recommended." - Choice

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures

Editors’ Preface


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The History of Science in Iran from a Physicist’s Perspective

Chapter 3. From Developing a Higher Education System to Moving toward a Knowledge-Based Economy: A Short History of Three Decades of STI Policy in Iran

Chapter 4. The National Innovation System of Iran: A Functional and Institutional Analysis
No Access Abdol S. Soofi, Sepehr Ghazinoory and Sanam Farnoodi

Chapter 5. Information and Communication Technology: Between a Rock and a Hard Place of Domestic and International Pressures

Chapter 6. Nanotechnology: New Horizons, Approaches, and Challenges
No Access Fatemeh Salehi Yazdi and Mohammad Ali Bahreini Zarj

Chapter 7. Biotechnology in Iran: A Study of the Structure and Functions of the Technology Innovation System
No Access Tahereh Miremadi

Chapter 8. Nuclear Technology: Progress in the Midst of Severe Sanctions
No Access Behzad Soltani and Marzieh Shaverdi

Chapter 9. Iran’s Aerospace Technology
No Access Parviz Tarikhi, Mohammad Abbassi and Maryam Ashrafi

Chapter 10. The Automotive Industry: New Trends, Approaches, and Challenges
No Access Manochehr Manteghi

Chapter 11. Conclusion
No Access Sepehr Ghazinoory and Abdol S. Soofi

List of Contributors

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Abdol S. Soofi is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Soofi received his PhD in economics from the University of Californian, Riverside, and has published over forty scholarly articles in various academic journals in the fields of economics and international finance, input–output modeling, economic doctrinal history, nonlinear deterministic dynamics and economics, and technology modeling and management. He has authored a book on international business and co-edited Modeling and Forecasting Financial Data: Techniques of Nonlinear Dynamics with Linagyue Cao. Soofi was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Mathematics and Systems Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in the summer of 2002, and has been a visiting scholar at the School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China on numerous occasions since 2005. Soofi is also a Fulbright senior specialist.

Sepehr Ghazinoory is an associate professor in the Department of Information Technology Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. He received his BSc, MSc, and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). He has authored numerous books in Farsi and has published articles about cleaner production, strategic planning, and management of technology in English. He was also a consultant to Iran's presidential Technology Cooperation Office for four years and a senior consultant in formulating the national Iran Nanotechnology Initiative. He is currently a consultant to different ministries and organizations in Iran.

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