Supporting Innovation through Social Science Insight

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Supporting Innovation
through Social Science Insight

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Our aim is to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses. Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus comprises 66 academics engaged in different aspect of innovation research. By promoting awareness of and engagement with social science research, the Innovation Caucus provides research insights on the theory, policy and practice of innovation.

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The Innovation Caucus is involved in number of collaborative projects with Innovate UK, the KTN and the ESRC, as well as providing expert insight, tailored briefings, in-depth evidence reviews and commissioned research. In this way Innovation Caucus members are shaping and supporting the design, development and evaluation of policies and programmes for sustainable innovation-led economic growth in the UK.

About Innovation Caucus

The Innovation Caucus is a multidisciplinary team of social science researchers led by Professor Tim Vorley and jointly appointed by Innovate UK and the ESRC. As leading scholars, the Innovation Caucus members provide expert insight and counsel to Innovate UK and the ESRC.

Our Membership

  • Professor Tim Vorley — Innovation Caucus Lead

    Tim is the Innovation Caucus Lead and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School. His research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation policy, as well as local and regional economic growth and development.

    Twitter: @timvorley

  • Professor Iain Doherty — Innovation Caucus Thought Leader

    Iain is Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional

    Twitter: @iaindocherty

  • Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas — Innovation Caucus Thought Leader

    Nola is Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s Belfast. Her research interests include the dynamics of innovation ecosystems, business innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium enterprises.

    Twitter: @profnola

  • Professor Irene Ng — Innovation Caucus Thought Leader

    Irene is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at WMG. Her research lies in the trans-disciplinary understanding of value, and particularly in new business and pricing/revenue models.

    Twitter: @ireneclng

  • Professor Paul Nightingale — Innovation Caucus Thought Leader

    Paul is a Professor of Strategy at the University of Sussex and Deputy Director of SPRU. His main areas of work now relate to financial innovation, and its impact on the economy.

    Twitter: @nightingale_p

  • Dan Hodges — Innovate UK

    Dan is Head of Economics and Evidence at Innovate UK, formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board, which is the UK government’s innovation agency. He leads the analytical team, covering evaluation, analysis and research.

    Twitter: @econdanh

  • Melanie Knetsch — ESRC

    Mel is ESRC’s strategic lead for Innovation and Interdisciplinarity. Her responsibilities include developing ESRC’s thinking and activities around interdisciplinary, challenge-led activities and ensuring that our research portfolio is more visible to potential users as well as creating opportunities to enable researchers from other communities to engage with social science.

    Twitter: @mel_knetsch

The full list of Innovation Caucus members is available here.

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