Centre for Innovation Policy Research
We co-create knowledge through collaborative research on innovation which contributes to place-based policy development across Wales and the world.
We conduct policy-relevant research on creativity, innovation and the economy alongside collaborators from organisations across the public, private and third sectors in the UK and internationally.
Our research has a particular focus on the spatial and place-based nature of innovation. We promote sustainability and responsible innovation when identifying and developing policy-relevant research findings.
- Conducting high-quality research
- Producing research outputs
- Generating research income
- Promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration on innovation policy
- Building networks to encourage policy-relevant research on innovation
- Informing policy development in Wales, the UK and internationally.
The Innovation Advisory Council for Wales (IACW) was invited by the Welsh Government, in late 2020, to begin a process of reviewing the innovation landscape in Wales and informing plans to develop a refreshed innovation policy for Wales.
IACW commissioned The Centre for Innovation Policy Research at Cardiff University to investigate the current state of innovation in Wales and consider the key issues in developing future policy. This report, which was submitted on 31 March 2021, represents a starting point to debates to be held over the next few months.
The CIPR team of Rick Delbridge, Dylan Henderson and Kevin Morgan held discussions with over 50 stakeholders across the innovation ecosystem and also undertook a review of secondary data. In the report, they provide an overview of the current state of innovation in Wales, review the support available for research and innovation, consider what will be needed to prepare for the future and offer recommendations to help shape the future Welsh innovation landscape.
- Crawley, A. , Delbridge, R. and Munday, M. 2020. Selling the region: The problems of a multi-agency approach in promoting regional economies. Regional Science Policy and Practice 12 (3), pp.397-412. (10.1111/rsp3.12268)
- Morgan, K. and Webb, B. 2020. Googling the city: in search of the public interest on Toronto's 'Smart' waterfront. Urban Planning 5 (1), pp.84-95. (10.17645/up.v5i1.2520)
- Coenen, L. and Morgan, K. 2020. Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift / Norwegian Journal of Geography 74 (1), pp.13-24. (10.1080/00291951.2019.1692065)
- Soroka, A. et al. 2020. Measuring regional business resilience. Regional Studies 54 (6), pp.838-850. (10.1080/00343404.2019.1652893)
- Marques, P. et al., 2019. Spaces of novelty: can universities play a catalytic role in less developed regions?. Science and Public Policy 46 (5), pp.763-771. (10.1093/scipol/scz028)
- Waite, D. and Morgan, K. 2019. City deals in the polycentric state: The space and politics of Metrophilia in the UK. European Urban and Regional Studies 26 (4), pp.382-399. (10.1177/0969776418798678)
- Prokop, D. , Huggins, R. and Bristow, G. 2019. The survival of academic spinoff companies: An empircal study of key determinants. International Small Business Journal 37 (5), pp.502-535. (10.1177/0266242619833540)
- Morgan, K. and Marques, P. 2019. The public animateur: Mission-led innovation and the 'smart state' in Europe. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 12 (23), pp.179-193. (10.1093/cjres/rsz002)
- Webber, D. J. , Healy, A. and Bristow, G. 2018. Regional growth paths and resilience: A European analysis. Economic Geography 94 (4), pp.355-375. (10.1080/00130095.2017.1419057)
- Bristow, G. and Healy, A. 2018. Innovation and regional economic resilience: an exploratory analysis. Annals of Regional Science 60 , pp.265-284. (10.1007/s00168-017-0841-6)
- Morgan, K. , Munday, M. and Roberts, A. 2017. Local economic development opportunities from NHS spending: evidence from Wales. Urban Studies 54 (13), pp.3138-3156. (10.1177/0042098016658248)
- Morgan, K. 2017. Nurturing novelty: Regional innovation policy in the age of smart specialisation. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 35 (4), pp.569-583. (10.1177/0263774X16645106)
- Sensier, M. , Bristow, G. and Healy, A. 2016. Measuring regional economic resilience across Europe: operationalising a complex concept. Spatial Economic Analysis 11 (2), pp.128-151. (10.1080/17421772.2016.1129435)
- Morgan, K. J. 2016. Collective entrepreneurship: the Basque model of innovation. European Planning Studies 24 (8), pp.1544-1560. (10.1080/09654313.2016.1151483)
- Bristow, G. and Healy, A. 2015. Crisis response, choice and resilience: insights from complexity thinking. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 8 (2), pp.241-256. (10.1093/cjres/rsv002)
- Delbridge, R. and Edwards, T. J. 2013. Inhabiting institutions: Critical realist refinements to understanding institutional complexity and change. Organization Studies 34 (7), pp.927-947. (10.1177/0170840613483805)
- Mariotti, F. and Delbridge, R. 2012. Overcoming network overload and redundancy in interorganizational networks: the roles of potential and latent ties. Organization Science 23 (2), pp.511-528. (10.1287/orsc.1100.0634)
- Kasabov, E. and Delbridge, R. 2008. Innovation, embeddedness and policy: evidence from life sciences in three UK regions. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 20 (2), pp.185-200. (10.1080/09537320801931671)
- Edwards, T. J. , Delbridge, R. and Munday, M. C. R. 2007. A critical assessment of the evaluation of EU Interventions for Innovation in the SME sector in Wales. Urban Studies 44 (12), pp.2429-2448. (10.1080/00420980701540960)
- Edwards, T. J. , Delbridge, R. and Munday, M. C. R. 2005. Understanding innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises: a process manifest. Technovation 25 (10), pp.1119-1127. (10.1016/j.technovation.2004.04.005)
Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund
CIPR is partnering with Y Lab and the Cardiff Capital Region to develop and deliver a Challenge Fund. The purpose of the CCR Challenge Fund programme is to create commercial opportunities for companies, who are invited to propose solutions to major societal challenges identified through a competitive process by public bodies. The £10m Challenge Fund programme will run over three and a half years and includes £2m provision for research, management and operational activities that will be undertaken by CIPR and Y Lab in partnership with the CCR.
The Challenge Fund programme offers an opportunity for CU researchers to shape and develop a challenge fund initiative, undertaking primary research that informs the development of new policy and practice in the operation and delivery of the fund, while inputting to the practical application of research that contributes to public services innovation. This builds on the previous work of CIPR’s co-convenors and Y Lab and anticipates future opportunities as challenge funds are increasingly part of policy approaches to economic development and innovation.
Innovation of Future Public Services (Infuse)
Infuse is an innovation and research programme designed to build skills and capacity for public services across the Cardiff Capital Region.
Funded by Wales European Funding Office European Social Fund, Infuse is a collaboration between Cardiff University, Y Lab, Nesta, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Office and the ten local authorities that make up the region.
The programme will be built around opportunities to tackle real-life questions, driven by the biggest challenges faced by the region.
Professor of Organizational Analysis
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Head of the School of Geography and Planning
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Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies, Professor of Marketing and Innovation
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Research Associate, Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund
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Pro-Dean for Research, Impact and Innovation
Professor of Organisation and Innovation Analysis
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Lecturer in Management, Employment and Organisation
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Professor of Economic Geography, Director of Research and Innovation
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Co-lead and Academic Director, Y Lab
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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Series Workshop 1- 18 March 2021 Session 1 - Professor Andrew Johnston Session 2 - Dr Daniel Prokop Session 3 - Professor Michael Fritsch and team
Session 4 - Dr Katharina Scheidgen and Ms Michaela Hruskova
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Series Workshop 2 - 25 March 2021 Session 1 - Dr Rhiannon Pugh Session 2 - Dr Ben Spigel Session 3 - Professor Shiri Breznitz Session 4 - Professor Robert Huggins Professor Piers Thompson
In an interview with Business News Wales, Professor Rick Delbridge discussed the reinvigorated focus on innovation both in Wales and as part of the UK’s Research and Development initiatives.
As an input to these debates, the Centre for Innovation Policy Research recently undertook a review of current innovation policy in Wales. This revealed an appetite for a more ambitious and inclusive innovation agenda. What do these developments imply for Wales and how is Cardiff University responding to these?