SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

PhD Research

Our PhD researchers are an integral part of the development of research agendas as part of their training.

Current PhD researchers and their theses are listed below, grouped within our research theme categories.

Economics of Innovation and Industrial Policy
Micro structural change and inclusive innovation to eradicate poverty: possibilities and alternatives from rural MozambiqueBernardo Caldarola

Development of National Systems of Innovation in comparative perspective: The Pacific AllianceMelina Galdos Frisancho

Barriers and the role of international partners in university-industry relations in Latin American countriesPavel Corilloclla Terbullino

Characteristics of Collaborative Patterns and their Implications for R&D PerformanceKyung-Ju Han

Regional diversification in developing countriesClaudia Obando Rodriguez

Bargaining dynamics and consumption motivations driving people to form sharing groups: What can be learnt from agent-based modelsFrancesco Pasimeni

Structural Change and Service Global Value Chains in Developing CountriesFilippo Bontadini

Risk-reward relationship in public investments to innovation: a legal-institutional perspectiveAndrea Laplane

Essays on innovation and the development bank in BrazilMarco Carreras

The construction of a mission-oriented programme for innovation: its impact in agriculture and the trajectories of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Arthur Moreira

Competing for the Competition Rules: The EU–US Rivalry for the WTO's Agreement on Competition PolicyHammed Roohani

Virtual Currency establishment: sustainable digital value chains as the Information Communication Technology enablers for the digital economyVedad Sabljic

Understanding Patterns of Innovation within the UK Milk Production SectorJames Thomas
The contexts in which trust is acting as an enabler or barrier to the low-carbon transition  Eleanor Drabik

Crowdfunding public-private crowd partnerships (PPCPs): a new policy tool to finance energy access projects in developing countries?  The case of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP
) – Irene Maffini

Uptake and use of new smart energy technologies by domestic user, does it match designer expectations, what that means for policy – Bryony Parrish
The impact of political economy on the direction of national clean electricity innovation, examined via a case study of the US and UK, particularly focusing in on ARPA-E in the US and the Energy Technologies Institute in the UKAnna Watson

Delivering residential retrofit in the UK; the of novel business and financing modelsDonal Brown

Energy transitions from resource-based emerging economies: Case studies on South Africa's electricity sector (coal, gas and renewable energy)Marie Blanche Ting

The factors influencing a firm's choice of voluntary GHG mitigation activities (UK & German firms)Andrea Smith

Net energy availability due to changes in global energy supply systems: Implications for the economy and climate change
Claire Copeland

Policy Mixes in Sustainability Transitions: Reducing end-use energy demand of Buildings in the UKDuncan Edmondson

Overcoming the Barriers to the Delivery of near-zero Energy Non-domestic Buildings (nZEBs) in the UK: An in-depth Analysis of the Factors, Characteristics and Dynamics of Change under a Socio-technical perspectiveSofia Kesidou

The implementation of biofuels technology in oil firms: unlocking a path dependency and steering towards new technological systems?Nelson Mojarro Gonzalez
Innovation and Project Management

What is Playful Innovation? A study on the effects of Gamification, Serious Games and Lego Serious Play on the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation - Vasilis Gkogkidis

Gender diversity within major infrastructure projects from the UK construction industry Phillippa Groome

The interactions between universities and socioeconomic actors within the national innovation system: the case of Thailand - Nuttapong Nutipanich

The effect of collaboration and networking on innovation performance: SMEs in the food industry sector in Thailand - A-sa Veskijkul

Knowledge Management System in Saudi Arabia – Salem Alrakah

How to make the Pharmaceutical R&D more transparent to external partners: Create the TO BE model and the framework to implement itFabien Ibanez

The role and innovation capacity of science parks in ThailandJirapan Yimkaew

Skills integration in the Creative IndustriesMartha Bloom

The Impact of measurement Instruments for Converging IndustriesBernardo Cantone

International technology collaboration involving entrepreneurship firms: The case of the ICT industrySungjoo Lee

Changing Direction of Strategic Innovation Activity and the Evolution of Corporate Venturing in an ICT firm in KoreaYoungha Chang

Innovation and knowledge co-creation for pastoralist developmentAlexander Tasker

Technology Transfer by RTOs in Developing Countries as a Way to Create Technological Capabilities: The Case of Korea during the Industrialisation PeriodJang Saeng Kim

When You Change Gear: Contrasting Technology Catch-up Shift of Korean and Japanese Heavy Electrical Industries (1970s~2000s)Kwang Seok

Virtual Communities of Practice: the effects on learning and knowledge creation of social interaction mediated through technologyGeorge Siantonas

Science, Politics and Decision-making
Serendipity in research and innovation: diseases of the rich and diseases of the poor  Josie Coburn

Psychopharmacology; Serendipity in Research and Development for the Treatment of Psychological Conditions  Stephen Scholte

Towards responsible futures: Governance of AIMaciej Kuziemski

Appropriation of point of care testing and mobile health technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: what are the implications for health policy?Vusumuzi Ncube

How research funders learn from their investments in complex multi-goal research programmes aiming for societal impact and academic excellenceCharlie Dobson

Change and continuity in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: ensuring the Chemical Weapons Convention remains fit for purposeAlexander Ghionis

Knowledge Accumulation from Disease Outbreak Response" Knowledge accumulation is obstructed by outbreaksJoshua Hutton

Exclusion and Insensitivity: The production of justification for shale gas development through the UK planning system  – Laurence Williams

The Implementation of Health Service Innovation: A Case Study of the Medicine Use Review – Sarah Yeulet

Sustainable Development
What are the dynamics of emergence, nature and interrelations of Community Energy in energy transitions in Mexico? - Franco Gonzalez Zenteno

Energy practices and gender relations in newly electrified homes
Victoria Kasprowicz

Human Relations with Nature in Rewilding and the AnthropoceneBenedict Dempsey

The co-evolution of financial systems and sustainability transitions: Testing the necessity based on case study of how the SA government and its finance sector engaged in creating renewable energy sectorChantal Naidoo

Understanding the Development of Urban Transformative Capacity in Bristol and MedellinJonas Colen Ladeia Torrens

Transformations towards sustainable and inclusive urban mobility in a megacity in IndiaBipashyee Ghosh

Formal rules and networks for diffusion of technology in the context of an epidemic agricultural crisis: the case of small size producers of oil palm in ColombiaPaloma Bernal Hernandez

Resolving electricity poverty in eastern Africa: a need for a new private sector ‘investment model’ for electricity infrastructure developmentJulian Gregory

Factors influencing adaptation to climate risk amongst farmers in NepalLokendra Karki

Energy transitions in sub-Saharan AfricaSandra Pointel

Contested framings of 'agricultural research for development'Ruth Segal

The effectiveness of international programmes in addressing barriers to scaling up the deployment of off-grid PV systems with energy storageAnne-Marie Verbeken

Actor interactions and Transformation: Development of solar and wind power in China post 2000Kejia Yang