SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research

Sister institutions

CENTRIM - Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK

CENTRIM conducts and applies cutting-edge innovation research to train, consult and develop products and services. We specialise in 'closing the loop' between academic research and practice by transferring academic knowledge of technology strategy, problem solving, and creativity facilitation to businesses and social enterprises. The Centre is co-located with SPRU in the Freeman Centre and we work closely together on projects as well as jointly convening seminars, training activities and events.

CENTRIM currently works in four major research areas:

  1. innovation in the project economy
  2. innovation in the creative industries
  3. learning networks
  4. user innovation.

We also pursue a number of emerging research themes that are vital to innovation management in developed and developing countries. These include innovation in East Asia, innovation in university research, knowledge leakage in business and innovation in cyber crime. The close overlap with some of SPRU's research allows us to exploit each institution's specialized skills and areas of expertise. The Freeman Centre itself was specifically designed to enhance such trans-institutional and inter-disciplinary knowledge sharing as part of a JIF grant to establish an institutional home on the University of Sussex campus for research in Innovation and Science Policy. The building has a 20 year lease which dedicates its use to research in these areas. Sharing such a building with CENTRIM allows SPRU to enhance its engagement with the industrial, policy and NGO sectors.

Visit the CENTRIM website.

Institute of Development Studies

The world-leading Institute of Development Studies (IDS), which is co-located with SPRU on the University of Sussex campus, is a multidisciplinary global organisation devoted to research, teaching, and knowledge services for international development. With a reputation gained over 40 years, IDS has distinguished itself by a people-centred perspective and an intricate network comprised of international organisations, grassroots activists, government, business, and media. We also convene eight postgraduate courses spanning a range of topics.

Currently, IDS maintains five closely linked research teams:

  1. Globalisation
  2. Governance
  3. Knowledge Technology and Society
  4. Participation, Power and Social Change
  5. Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction.

There are considerable overlaps with the research interests of SPRU faculty and students, and close research and teaching relationships, including joint DPhils. Currently, SPRU and IDS jointly run the STEPS research centre.

Visit the Institute of Development Studies website.

Over the last four decades SPRU has built up a large international network of institutions with which we collaborate and engage. These include:

Asia and Pacific

Australia Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
CSTP Council for Science and Technology Policy, Japan
KIST Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea
MEST Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea
MOST Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, China
ACIIC Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness Ltd University of Sydney, Australia
ANSTIP Asian Network for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
CASTED Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development, China
CRISP Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy, India
CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research New Delhi, India
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
CSSP Centre for Studies in Science Policy, New Delhi, India
GMI Graduate School of Management and Innovation, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand
IFTEC Institute for Future Technology, Japan

Innovation Management Policy Program, National Graduate School of Management, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University Perth, Australia

ITTIN Investment and Technology Transfer Information Network
JSPS Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan
JST Japan Science and Technology Agency
MOT Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Mehran University Institute of Science and Technology Development Jamshoro, Pakistan

NEC NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore
REPP Research Evaluation and Policy Project, Australian National University
RITE Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
SCJ Science Council of Japan
STEPi Science and Technology Policy Institute, Seoul, Korea.

Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia


Graduate Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, Australia


Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


EU European Union
UK Directgov – A-Z listing of Government Departments such as the Cabinet Office and Departments of Business, Innovation and Skills; Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Energy and Climate Change, etc.
UK - Foresight Technology Foresight Knowledge Pool
UK – NESTA National Endowment of Science Technology and Arts
UK - POST Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Networks of Excellence
DIME Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe
PRIME Policies for Research and Innovation in the Move towards the European Research Area

Research Laboratory in Theoretical and Applied Economics, Strasbourg, France

BRESE Brunel Research in Enterprise, Innovation, Sustainability and Ethics, Brunel
BRICK Bureau of Research on Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Turin
CEMI Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation

Centre for the Economic Study of Innovation and Technology, University of Antwerp, Belgium


Centre for Research on Innovation and Internationalisation, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy CESPRI has recently merged with another research group to become KITES (Knowledge Internationalisation and Technology Studies)


Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy

CRIC ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, UMIST and the University of Manchester, UK
CRICT Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology, Brunel University, UK
CSI Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
CSS Centre for Science Studies, University of Lancaster, UK
CTS Centre for Technology & Society, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
CURDS Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle, UK
CWTS Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands
DELFT Management of Technology, Netherlands
DRUID Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
ECIS Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Technical University Eindhoven
EIRMA European Industrial Research Management Association, Paris, France
IAT Institut Arbeit und Technik (Institute for Work and Technology), Gelsenkirschen, Germany

Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Italy

IFZ Inter University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture, Graz, Austria
IHDP-IT International Human Dimensions Program on Industrial Transformation, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria
IKE IKE Group, Department of Business Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
Imperial College Business School Imperial College, UK
INFORSK Information Research Group, Umea University, Sweden
INGENIO Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management, Valencia, Spain
InSIS Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford, UK
IPTS Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain
IRPPS Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies, Italian National Research Council
ISI Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
ISSTI Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh, UK
ITAS Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
IVM Institute for Environmental Studies, Free University, Amsterdam
Judge Business School University of Cambridge, UK
KITES Knowledge Internationalization and Technology Studies, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
NIFU STEP Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Oslo, Norway
OPTI Observatorio de Prospectiva Tecnologica Industrial (Technology Foresight Observatory), Madrid, Spain
OST Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France
PREST Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK
RIDE R&D, Innovation and the Dynamics of Economies, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
RIIA Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, UK
RPI Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden
Said Business School University of Oxford, UK
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
SATSU Science and Technology Studies Unit, University of York (formerly at Anglia Polytechnic University)
SIPRI Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Sweden (includes online library catalogue)
SMIT Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication, Free University, Brussels, Belgium
STEPS Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Twente, The Netherlands
STS Science and Technology Studies, University College London
SUPRA Scottish Universities Policy Research and Advice Network, Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, UK
Technopolis Ltd Brighton, UK
The Royal Society The UK Academy of Science, London (includes online library catalogues)
TIP Technology Information Policy Consulting, Vienna, Austria
TNO Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Delft, The Netherlands
UNU/MERIT Institute for New Technologies, United Nations University, Maastricht, The Netherlands (includes online library catalogue)
VTT VTT Group for Technology Studies, Espoo, Finland
Wellcome Trust London, UK
WZB Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (Social Science Research Center), Berlin, Germany


AAS African Academy of Sciences
ACTS African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi, Kenya.  
AMCOST African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology
ATPS African Technology Policy Studies Network
IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute

North America

AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science, Directorate for Science and Policy Programs, Washington, D.C., US
BELFER Centre for Science and International Affairs, Harvard, US
CID Center for International Development, Harvard University, US
CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, US
CISTP Center for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., US
Council on Competitiveness Washington, D.C., US
CPROST Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
CRUISE Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science and Environment, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
CSIIC Canadian Science and Innovation Indicators Consortium
CSPO Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University, US
CSTP Center for Science and Technology Policy, George Mason University, US
CTPID Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, MIT, Cambridge, MA, US
E&TIM Engineering and Technology Innovation Management, Carnegie Mellon, US
EPP Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon, US
ETSS Evolutionary Theories in the Social Sciences: An information resource based at Northwestern University, Illinois, US
George C. Marshall Institute Washington, D.C., US
Harvard Kennedy School Harvard University, US
IC2 Institute A research center for the study of Innovation, Creativity, and Capital, University of Texas, Austin, US
IDRC International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada
IRI Industrial Research Institute, Washington, DC
ISRN Innovation System Research Network, University of Toronto, Canada
MINT Management of Innovation and New Technology (MINT) Research Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
OST Oberservatoire des Sciences et des Technologies, Montreal, Canada
RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute (archive), US
SETChange Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology, Carnegie Mellon, US
SIPA School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, US
SSTI State Science and Technology Institute, Westerville, Ohio, US
STEP Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, US
STPP Science Technology and Public Policy Program, University of Michigan, US
TIM Academy of Management, Technology and Innovation Management Division, US
TOM Technology and Operations Management, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, US
TPAC Technology Policy and Assessment Centre, Georgia Tech, US
TPP Technology and Policy Program, MIT, US

South America

ABDI Agência Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial, Brasilia, Brazil
CONICET – CENIT Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación, Buenos Aires, Argentina
COPPE Technology Center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DPCT Departamento de Política Científica e Tecnológica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
EBAPE FGV Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
NPGT Technology Policy and Management Nucleus, University of São Paulo, Brazil
REDESIST Research Network on Local Productive and Innovative Systems, based at the Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RICYT Ibero American Network on Science and Technology Indicators, Buenos Aires, Argentina
International organisations
CSTD UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development
ECLAC Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
EU European Union
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
UN United Nations
World Bank World Bank

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