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Quintuple Helix Methodology

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Five-area participatory model to analyse and drive the promotion of sustainable development and the circular economy in society

Quintuple Helix methodology, used in Construye 2020+ project, has made that representatives from the Political, Educational, Economic, Cultural and Environmental areas exchanged their know-how and experience.

At the end of the 1990s, Henry Etzkowitz and Loet Leydesdorff created the concept of the so-called “Triple Helix”, a theoretical analysis model for economic growth through which governments, business organisations and educational institutions could work together on a common project that would create wealth for society, based on a previous reference, the well-known “Sabato Triangle”, in the late 1960s, proposed by John Kenneth Galbraith and developed as a model of scientific-technological policy by Jorge Alberto Sabato.

This last framework advanced the necessary relationship between the State, the scientific-technological infrastructure and the productive sector in order to coordinate efforts and promote innovation in a country. A step further was taken by Singer in early 2000, integrating the community (civil society, individual person) as a sphere in a “Quadruple Helix”.


Knowledge exchange networks for innovation

European project Construye 2020+, from Horizon 2020 program, is carrying out and adapted version of Quintuple Helix model, which involves representatives from the Political, Educational, Economic, Cultural and Environmental spheres.

Each technical partner from the Partnership has led one of the helix, managing participants from different spheres, to deal with challenges and barriers for a sustainable construction sector and to propose measures and solutions to boost a sustainable development and circular economy. In this way, different meetings have been coordinated by each of the partners are divided:

  • Political Helix
  • Social Helix
  • Enviromental Helix
  • Economic Helix
  • Educational Helix