RedeSist is an interdisciplinary research network focusing on Local Productive and Innovative Systems. It was set up in 1997 at the Economics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IE-UFRJ), Brazil. We are particularly interested in analyzing and understanding the new requirements and forms of industrial and technological development, as well as the role, objectives, and instruments of technological and industrial policies. Since it was established RedeSist has developed a methodology applied to analyze Local Productive and Innovative Systems. This methodology has been successfully used in more than 50 empirical studies in different parts in Brazil in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture, services and creative and cultural industries.