Thesis Title: Innovation and Economic Development in Weaker Regions; the Role of Government as a Driver of Growth in Wales
Primary Supervisor: Professor Robert Huggins
Secondary Supervisor: Professor Dylan Jones-Evans (University of West of England)
Reviewer: Dr. Christopher Bear
Starting Date: September 2010
Completion Date: 2014
Funding Source: NESTA Full Scholarship
- BA Geography, University of Cambridge, 2009
Grants and Prizes
- Triple Helix International Conference 2013 – Best Student Paper
- Globelics Academy 2013 Best Paper Award
- Graduate College Grant for Interdisciplinary Activities - £1,000 competitive grant awarded to organise and run “Wales- Doing Things Differently?” (2013)
Innovation and Economic Development; Regional Economic Geography; Innovation Policy; Welsh Politics and Government.
My thesis examines the evolution of Welsh innovation policy and programmes following devolution, from 1999 to the present day. It proposes a novel conceptual framework drawing on key theories of regional innovation in order to conduct an in-depth study of the Wales case, and to fundamentally question the applicability and relevance of these theories in the weaker region context.
Pugh, R. 'Smart Specialisation or Post- Hoc Rationalisation?', Regional Insights (Regional Studies Association), Accepted.
Pugh, R. 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Triple Helix Policies and Programmes in Wales', Triple Helix International Conference, 8-10th July, 2013. Winner of Best Student Paper Award.
Pugh, R. 'Developing a theoretical framework for the analysis of innovation policy in a weaker region', Globelics Academy, Tampere, 20th-31st May 2013. Winner of Best Paper Award.
Pugh, Jones-Evans & Mackenzie 'Living on the Edge: the Development of Entrepreneurship Policy in Weaker Regions', RENT XXVI, Lyon, France, 22nd-23rd November 2012.
Zhang & Pugh 'Impacts of Government Policy on Universities: A Critical Analysis of Wales', Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 17th-20th April 2011.
Pugh, R. 'Getting the “policy mix” in innovation policy; some clarification and discussion', Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 17th-20th April 2011.
Pugh, R. 'Innovation and economic development in uncompetitive regions; the role of government as a driver of growth in Wales', RGS-IBG Mid Term Conference, Durham, UK, 1st-3rd April 2011.
- “Wales Doing Things Differently” Conference Co-Organiser 2013.
- “Spotlight on Social Sciences” Conference Committee Member 2011-2013.