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Innovation and regional inequality

Venue: Online

This event is part of the Research Centres Impact Day hosted by the School of BEI.

Centre for Innovation Management Research 

Director: Prof Helen Lawton Smith, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management

Innovation and regional inequality

In this session, CIMR showcases its impactful research on innovation and regional inequality. The link between geographies of inequality and innovation lies in the diversity of economic and social opportunities based on knowledge-based economic development, with some regions adversely affected while others benefit. The policy implications lie in the need for more equitable investment in human and technological resources.


  • Dr Thanos Fragkandreas, University of Westminster 
  • Prof Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester
  • Evelyn Wilson, National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange
  • Jacadi Nicholas, BEIS
  • Chair: Daniele Archibugi



Professor Helen Lawton Smith has specialised in studies of innovation and entrepreneurship in both high-tech and traditional sectors in the UK, Canada, France and Belgium, with a particular interest in university-industry interaction. Her work has been funded by the European Commission, the ESRC, regional development agencies and the CNRS.

Dr Thanos Fragkandreas is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Westminster, London. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. His research focuses on innovation and inequality, innovation paradoxes, innovation policy, organisational identity and innovation, and the methodology of innovation studies. Thanos was recently involved in an academic project on innovation and regional productivity, which was commissioned by the OECD and European Commission.

Evelyn Wilson is a Founder and Director of The Culture Capital Exchange which she co-established in 2011. From 2005, she was Senior Manager at its previous iteration, LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange). She is Co-Investigator on Boosting Resilience and co-wrote the bid. From 2012- 2016, she was Head of Knowledge Exchange with Creativeworks London focusing on the conception and delivery of its Knowledge Exchange Programme. Evelyn is advisor to the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School, associate of the Centre for Innovation Management Research and member of the Creative Industries Council Clusters and Regions Group. Most recently she has co-conceived and will co-direct the new National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange with her long term collaborator and Co-Director Suzie Leighton.

Elvira Uyarra is Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) where she is also director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and member of the UK Productivity Institute. Elvira is also Adjunct Professor at the Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Western Norway. Her work sits at the intersection between innovation studies, policy studies and regional studies. She researches the role of innovation and industrial policy on regional development and diversification, including smart specialization and transformative innovation policies.

Jacadi Nicholas is a Senior Government Economist in the department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), having led BEIS’ RD&I place analysis team for several years, she is now the lead analyst on the Levelling Up R&D Mission – the forefront of innovation and regional inequality in Government. A master in Finance and Econometrics, a poet and a member of The JK Cartoon Studios – Jacadi merges the analytical and creative sides of herself and is passionate about designing innovative analytical data projects - winning several awards in BEIS for analysis.

Professor Daniele Archibugi graduated in Economics at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza' and took his DPhil at the SPRU, University of Sussex. Daniele is a professor of innovation, globalization and international relations. Daniele has worked and taught at the Universities of Sussex, Naples, Cambridge, Harvard, Rome LUISS and others. He also held courses at Asian Universities such as Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto and at the SWEFE University, Chengdu.

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