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Matias Ramirez
Senior Lecturer in Management (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
T: +44 (0)1273 877758


I have undertaken research in the following areas:

  • Transformative innovation: I have been involved in ongoing research, training and mentoring with a partnership between SPRU and the Colombian department of science and technology (Colciencias). This includes leading a major collaboration to assist Colombian academics work with regional authorities to develop STI policies that promote both environmental sustainability and inclusion and editing policy document such as Colcencias "Green Book" on meeting the SDG's through transformative innovation policy. I have also worked closely with CONACT of Mexico and the Foro Consultivo Cientifico y Tecnologico to develop transformstive innovation polices.    
  • Inclusive Innovation: Developed a framework using Social Network Analysis to analyse incorporation of small producers into innovation processes.  Recent work include a study with the Chilean ministry of Agriculture on inclusion of small berry producers in innovation (see spanish slides) and responses to plagues in the Palm oil clusters in Colombia.
  • Knowledge transfer and capabiity development in local clusters and system of innovation in developing economy contexts. Recent projects include an analysis of intermediaries in emerging agricutural clusters in Latin America 
  • The formation and functioning of communities of practice amongst knowledge workers and scientists: This includes research into the formation of epistemic communities, knowledge management and the relationship between labour mobility and learning. He was the principal investigator in an ESRC funded project looking at networks of knoweldge workers in China's largest high technology park between 2006 and 2007.
  • International comparative analysis of employment regimes and management in high-technology sectors: Project  focuses on how networks of professional, occupational and practice-based networks are configured across national systems.

I have published in a range of Economics, Geography and Management journals. These include the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industry and Innovation, International Journal of Innovation Management, Service Industries Journal, New Technology Work and Employment, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning C and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. 

I am willing to consider new students in the above or similar areas.

I was on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society between 2008 and 2010. He has also reviewed papers for numerous journals including Research Policy, International Business Review and Journal of Change Management. He has undertaken consultancy projects in innovation management and management of networks of organisations.

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