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Dr Matias Ramirez

Post:Senior Lecturer in Management (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, Business and Management)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877758
International:+44 1273 877758

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After ten years living in Chile working as a freelance journalist, I studied undergraduate economics at University College London as a mature student. I completed my PhD at the Manchester School of Mangement, UMIST (now merged with the University of Manchester) where I researched on the relationship between work organisation and innovation in the UK and US telecommunications sector. Thereafter I was a researcher at Birkbeck College, London and Lecturer at Brunel University. I was fortunate to join SPRU at the University of Sussex in 2007.

My research interests have evolved from studies of regional innovation and knowledge work in organisations where I led an ESRC project on labour markets, knowledge transfer and innovation in China. More recently, I have focussed on the relationship between science. innovation and societal grand challenges with a particular focus on Latin America. This has led to a number of projects and publications on topics related to agribusiness clusters and small producers in Colombia, Peru and Chile. I am actively involved in the transformative innovation policy consortium ( and have led major research and collaborative projects with Colciencias and CONACYT, the respective Colombian and Mexican science and technology agencies where I have written about regional transformative innovation policy and the importance of social movements for transformations in Latin America.  




I am a senior lecturer at SPRU. I am in charge of admissions for the PhD programme and deputy chair of the post graduate exam board. 

Community and Business

I have undertaken the following roles for outside organisations: 

  • Lead researcher for Colombia in transformative innovation policy consortium. Provided key input to Colciencas "Green Book" and Policy Orientations for Transformative Regional Policy Document, 2018.
  • Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional, Medellin campus, 2017.
  • Reviewer for research projects for the Dutch research council NWO, 2015.
  • Visiting academic to Universidad Pontifice Bolivariana, Medellin to teach doctoral training module, 2016. 
  • Referee for ESRC project proposals “First Grants application” 2009.
  • External examiner for Birkbeck College Business and Management Undergraduate programme 2005-2008.

External training:

  • For CONACYT, Mexico: January 2018: Transformaive Innovation Policy: As part of 4 year CONACYT-TIPC consortium.  
  • For Colciencias, Colombia April 2016: Inclusive innovation and intermediation. As part of 4 year SPRU-Colciencias memorandum agreement of training.
  • For the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation 2013-14: Knowledge and human resource management. 


  • For National University of Colombia December 2011: The impact of the growth of Asian economies Colombia, workshop on innovation, Bogota.  
  • For Colciencias (Colombia) August 2011: Training on assisting the development of innovation capabilities through consultancies in incremental and radical innovation and organisational culture
  • For DEFRA 2009-2010: The role of workplace networks in developing new initiatives to reduce carbon emissions with Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN): 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Team for ‘Climate Solidarity’ project led by Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN). Funded by DEFRA. 2010-2011.
  • Oxford Analytica 2006: “China’s Innovation System”.