The Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management (CIMR) is a college-wide research Centre of Birkbeck, University of London. Launched in 2008, it undertakes international research focusing on multi-disciplinary academic, industrial and commercial themes relating to the management of innovation. It is a hub for enabling collaborations, teaching and sharing of research, ideas and practice to create impact and facilitate more effective management, commercialisation of innovation and the development of effective policy. Our researchers regularly publish in top quality journals, present at international conferences and undertake consultancy for national and international policy-making bodies and research for influential think tanks.

Its roles are to:

  • engage with academics, students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in current debates,
  • disseminate the results of research undertaken by the Centre’s academics, students and visitors, through reports, journal articles, seminars and conferences,
  • undertake research consultancy on topical issues,
  • showcase undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on the management of innovation by members of the Centre.
  • involve alumni in the Centre’s activities
  • engage with industry to investigate innovative processes, policies and practices.

How it works

CIMR has three categories of researcher:

  • Academic staff,
  • PhD students supervised by core academic staff,
  • Visiting Fellows.
    Visiting fellowships are honorary and are awarded to, individuals such as entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and policy-makers who can contribute valuable experience and insight and contribute to the CIMR’s research and teaching and outreach activities.

Research findings are disseminated and published in academic articles and the CIMR’s Working Paper Series . Helen Lawton-Smith is one of the Editors of the Journal, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, which is hosted at CIMR and published by Wiley.

A key form of cross disciplinary engagement is through CIMR’s series of workshops, held on a termly basis, and through initiating and hosting international conferences. The events have a strong policy focus.

Historical Activities

As part of our ongoing efforts we have run and hosted a number of different activities. Below is a short list:

Birkbeck Enterprise Hub

The Birkbeck Enteprise Hub was ran by the CIMR and our then Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Andrew Atter. Its goal was to be a student-led forum bringing the hottest entrepreneurial people and ideas into Birkbeck.

DIME Working Papers

The CIMR worked with the Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe to produce a number of working paper on Intellectual Property Rights. Details can be found in our Publications section, and the associated DIME website.

Research Impact: Developing Analytics and Policy (RIDAP)

In December 2016, Birkbeck hosted a workshop on ‘Measuring the Impact of Academic Research: Best Practices and Open Questions’, which sought to provide an up-to-date assessment of recent research in the field of impact research, specifically to unpack some of the issues and concepts around impact and to have an informed policy debate around such issues.

The workshop concluded by announcing the creation of a new impact research and policy network, RIDAP, the running of a quarterly workshop series, and the establishment of a newsletter for the network on this topic. The RIDAP Briefing Paper #1 can be found in our Research section.


Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research (TRIGGER) was started in 2014 at Birkbeck and has grown since. It looks at increasing the number of women in those university sectors where they are underrepresented. TRIGGER has since moved to a website of its own.

Uddevalla Symposium 2016

The Uddevalla Symposium is a yearly symposium that looking at such topics as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics, sociology and urban and regional planning. The CIMR and Birkbeck hosted the 19th Uddevalla Symposium in 2016. You can find more information at the Uddevalla Symposium website.