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Dr Ohid Yaqub

Post:Senior Lecturer (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Location:JUBILEE BUILDING JUB-363
Email:O.Yaqub@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:2980
UK:01273 872980
International:+44 1273 872980
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Biography

I work on research policy and biomedical innovation. The focus of my current project is on "serendipity" and the desirability/feasibility of targeting research (see http://goo.gl/ASF8Or for a short description).

I study research systems, how they are funded, evaluated, governed, managed, and how they can contribute to industrial and corporate change. I’m interested in the life sciences, sociology of health and medicine, economics and politics of innovation, history of science and technology, bibliometric mapping of science and technology… or, for shorthand, interdisciplinary research.

My experience in these fields comes, in varying doses, from my undergraduate studies in biochemistry, my postgraduate studies in pharmaceutical patents and vaccine development (PhD 2010), teaching an array of modules at SPRU since 2007, and my time at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit think tank (2009-12). 

I left academic research to join RAND’s innovation policy team and engaged with a range of policymakers. I co-produced over a dozen reports on a variety of topics (e.g. research capacity building) serving clients in the private and charitable sectors, and informing policy in government departments.

In 2012, I returned to SPRU. The first two papers from my PhD thesis both won prizes at innovation policy conferences. In 2014, I was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship (that I declined) and an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship, during which I spent 2 years at Columbia University, USA. In 2017, I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to help build a new research team at SPRU. 

I’ve served as reviewer for the British Council on their Economic and Social Sciences Panel, 2014-17. I’ve been invited to review manuscripts for journals in the medical sciences (e.g. Vaccine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and BMJ Open) as well as the social sciences (e.g. Research Policy, Social Science and Medicine, BMC Public Health).

I’d be happy to consider - and have secured funding for - supervising new doctoral students. I welcome enquiries from research fellows who are interested in working with me (for whom I also have secured funding).