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

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

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

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

Participation in global value chain, innovation and productivity: an empirical analysis of firm-level data – Michela Bello

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

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

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

Critically assessing the dynamics of global public research funding on climate, energy, and transport – Abbas AbdulRafiu

Distributed Ledger Technology for Sustainable Finance: Energy Demand in the Digital Society – Yushi Chen

Energy justice and security implications of large crossboundary hydropower dams - A comparative analysis – Cecilia Llamosas

How can social and digital innovations facilitate persistent change of energy efficient behaviour of individuals in support of a sustainability transition of the energy system? – Devon Wemyss
Innovation and Project Management

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

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

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

Front-end conceptualization of public construction project as social innovation process for co-production of public value – Shah Saadi

Establishing the Use of Simulation for Innovation and Sustainability in Project Management – Javier Calderon Tellez

Three essays on the barriers to finance for creative industry firms in the UK – JC Reid

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

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 Alexander Ghionis

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

What is the status for grant-publication mismatch in biomedical research in the UK and USA? – Yasemin Aslan

Double uncertainty: an exploration of organizational approach to implementing agile regulation in an uncertain political climate – Jessica Hadjis van Thiel

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

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

Diffusion of renewable energy technologies in a violent conflict context: Solar PV diffusion in Yemen – Abeer Al-Eryani

Diffusion in Grassroots Innovation Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico – Pablo Ayala Villalobos

Evaluating the influence of public policy mixes on low-carbon transitions of passenger mobility: A case of Dhaka city’s passenger mobility – Tohmina Khatoon