SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Prof Nick Von Tunzelmann

Post:Emeritus Professor (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
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R.M. Phillips Professor of Science and Technology Policy, SPRU

BA, MA (Hons)(Canterbury, New Zealand), MA (Cambridge), DPhil (Oxford)


Nick von Tunzelmann began his career as a lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and lectured in the Faculty of Economics & Politics at Cambridge University between 1970 and 1984, before joining SPRU in 1984. His research interests include:

  • The emergence and development of complex technological systems
  • Managing technological and product complexity
  • Technology and competitiveness of European industries
  • International technology transfer
  • Long-run evolution of technologies
  • Evolutionary approaches to governance

He has given presentations to government officials in the UK, Spain, Eastern Europe, Brazil, New Zealand, and elsewhere, and to international organisations such as the United Nations and European Union.

He was UK editor of Industrial and Corporate Change (OUP) from 1991 to 2004, and more recntly an editor of Research Policy, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (Elsevier) since 1989