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Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS)

Birkbeck hosted a half-day workshop on 15 June to launch Birkbeck’s new Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS). The event was sponsored by the School of Business Economics and Informatics (BEI) and the School of Law. After a welcome from Prof Philip Powell, Executive Dean, BEI, three distinguished guest speakers from the fields of economics, politics and criminology talked about the importance of institutions and political economy in their respective research fields. Prof. Stephen Farrell (University of Sheffield) presented preliminary results from an ESRC funded project, The Long-Term Impacts of Thatcherism. Dr Waltraud Schelkle (London School of Economics) presented some of the key findings from her new book, The Political Economy of European Monetary Solidarity. Prof. Geoffrey Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire) talked on The importance of institutions in understanding international economic performance. Dr. L. Andriani, Dr. D. Hodson, Prof. R. Smith and Dr. S. Xenakis led a final roundtable discussion about the origin and the aim of the CPEIS.

Birkbeck Sport Business Centre

On Thursday 27 July 2017, the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre and the Birkbeck Sport Business Society (the Association of Sport Management Students and Alumni) co-hosted a social event for current sport management students, alumni and staff in the Birkbeck Bar. The evening was very well attended and there were plenty of opportunities for catching up. The Birkbeck Sport Business Society presented an annual report of their activities and elected new representatives to take the Society forward in 2017/18.

Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR)

Workshops and Research Seminars

May 8 2017: Presentation and discussion of the article Small Firm Adaptive Capability, Competitive Strategy, and Performance Outcomespublished in Strategic Change. Presenters were George Chryssochoidis (University of Kent) and Dimitrios Dousios (University of East Anglia). The event was chaired by Carlo Milana, with Ning Baines and Dina Mansour as discussants.

June 23 2017: A workshop on “Absorptive Capacity: Conceptual and Empirical Issues” was organized by Marion Frenz and Grazia Ietto-Gilles.

September 12 2017: A workshop on “How can SMEs make the most of public R&D investment? Drivers of SMEs impactful engagement with universities” was organized by Dr Federica Rossi at the British Academy, London SW1Y 5AH.

CIMR Working Papers


The members of the Trigger team organised a workshop on “Women & Careers in STEMM” at the University of Pisa on 27 May 2017.

The final conference of the TRIGGER project was held at the British Medical Association building on June 21 2017.