SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

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Miss Melina Galdos Frisancho

Post:Research Assistant in Science Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Doctoral Tutor (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
 Research student (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
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Melina Galdos' research focuses on understanding how the different actors in an innovation system perceive and act on innovation by examining the case of inclusive innovations in Peru. Her research interests revolve around the role of universities, organisations' normative expectations, and researchers' values and beliefs around the potential of innovation to overcome global challenges of poverty and social exclusion.

In 2016, Melina was awarded a 'Jóvenes Líderes Iberoamericanos' (Young Ibero-American Leaders) Scholarship to represent Peru in a leadership programme organised by the Fundación Carolina and Fundación Rafael del Pino. This experience prompted an interest in researching development in Latin America from an innovation perspective. After a year at the University of Glasgow, from where she obtained an MRes in Public Policy Research, Melina was awarded a full scholarship from the Science Policy Research Unit and the University of Sussex Bussines School to undertake a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies.


Doctoral Researcher - PhD Science and Technology Policy Studies

Research Assistant - SPRU Working Paper Series (SWPS)

President of the Latin America Society - University of Sussex


2017-Present - PhD Science and Technology Policy Studies, University of Sussex

2016-2017 - MRes Public Policy Research, University of Glasgow - Merit

2015-2016 - MA Political Science and Government, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - Distinction

2009-2014 - BA Political Science and Government, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - First Class Honours


2017-2018 PGR Representative, SPRU.

2018-2019 Co-coordinator of the Latin American Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Discussion Group, SPRU.