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Dr Dylan Henderson

Dr Dylan Henderson

Lecturer in Innovation and Organisation

+44 (0)29 2087 6928
E23B, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


My research and teaching spans business innovation, digital and government. I am particularly interested in the spatial dynamics of business activities and strategy development within regional ecosystems. My research is currently examining the role of actors, organisations and institutions in regional innovation strategies, with a particular focus on new forms of policy and ecosystem dynamics. In a separate strand of research I am looking at the deployment of broadband and mobile technologies in urban and rural regions and their impact. My research has been published in a range of leading journals and policy publications, and has included research for organisations such as the European Commission, Welsh Government, regional development agencies, local authorities and universities across Europe.


Education and qualifications

  • PhD Interactive Learning and Regional Development, 1999, Cardiff University (ESRC award)
  • MSc Technical Change and Regional Development (Distinction), 1995, Cardiff University (EPSRC / SERC award)
  • BA (Hons) Geography, 1993, Manchester University

    Career overview

    • 2021 - Lecturer in Innovation and Organisation, Cardiff Business School
    • 2016 - 2020 Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff Business School
    • 2005 - 2016: Senior consultant, CM International
    • 1999 - 2005: Consultant, CM International
    • 1994 -1995: Research assistant, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Cardiff University

    Honours and awards

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Professional memberships

    Regional Studies Association

    Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 

    Committees and reviewing

    • 2016 - 2018: Cardiff Business School’s Shadow Management Board
    • 2021: Cardiff Business School Estates Strategy Committee














    Courses I currently teach:

    Introduction to Management and Organisation (BST1510), module leader

    Masters in Public Leadership, Research Methods (BST660), module leader

    eMBA, Digital Transformation, Organisations and Society (BST623), module leader

    Modern Business Enterprise (BS3561), lecturer

    Previous courses:

    Management theory and evidence (BS1511)

    Business Design (BS3747)

    Primary research interests

    • Innovation ecosystems
    • Digital technologies
    • Public policy for innovation and technology
    • Old industrial regions
    • Actors, agency and institutitons

    Research projects

    Recent funded projects:

    • Review of priority sectors for digital innovation, Welsh Government (2022)
    • 5G Wales Unlocked Observatory, DCMS/Welsh Government (2021-2022)
    • Carmarthenshire Local Innovation Strategy Study, Carmarthenshire County Council (2021)
    • Innovation Advisory Council for Wales Innovation Commission: Scoping the Future (2021)
    • Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation Research Project, WERU / Welsh Government (2016-2020)
    • Final evaluation of the Academic Expertise for Business programme, Welsh Government (2014)
    • End of programme evaluation of the SMART Cymru RD& I programme, Welsh Government (2014)
    • Evaluation of the impact of the KTP programme in Wales, Welsh Government (2013)
    • The role and importance of design in non-design intensive businesses in Ireland, Department for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland (2013)


    My main supervisory interest is in the broad area of the governance of regional innovation and digital policies. If you are interested in being supervised I would encourage you to take a look at my publications list (journal articles especially). You should also note that my research interests relate to the ecosystem of actors and institutions associated with innovation and digital, rather than the impacts of technologies in a business setting per se.

    Current supervision


    Marina Kacar

    Research student

    Past projects