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Construction site & sparks 100 pxLocal Distribution of productivity Gains: heterogeneous Effects

New project examines the effect of firm labour productivity changes on wages in the UK, particularly on low-paid occupations and low-skilled workers in local labour markets.

Tim Foxon Book Cover 100x100 pxEnergy and Economic Growth

New book examines the dynamics of energy’s role in economic and industrial change and the need to move towards a more sustainable future.

Technology landscape 100x100 pxHow to Think About Technological Change

Researchers publish toolkit of theories or concepts most useful at explaining socio-technical diffusion and transitions.

African farmers on wagon with soldiers in background 100x100 pxConflict and Private Economic activity

New project investigates impact of violent conflict on entrepreneurial activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Luigi OrsenigoProfessor of Economics of Innovation Appointed

Luigi Orsenigo appointed as RM Philips Chair in Economics of Innovation.

Rumy Hasan book cover - square 100pxReligion and Development in the Global South

New book examines compelling links between religious oppression and economic stagnation.

subUK civil-military nuclear links

Research finds previously unacknowledged links between the UK's civil and military nuclear agendas.

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Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium

Major international initiative based at SPRU to be extended to a 5-year programme.

UK at night seen from space 100pxNational Centre for Energy Systems Integration

New research centre uses innovative modelling tools to map UK's energy future.

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New project investigates screening for cancer in the post-genomic era.

Scientists looking at microscope 100pxSerendipity in Research and Innovation

ERC grant awarded for project exploring the idea of ‘serendipity’ in research.

Deep transitions graphic squareDeep Transitions programme

SPRU launches £1.5m cutting-edge research programme on Deep Transitions.

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