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Ray Lambert

Visiting Research Fellow


Born, July 13, 1949 in London


Primary: Holy Trinity Church School, Forest Hill, London
Secondary, Brockley County Grammar School for Boys, London SE4

BA, Social Science, Upper Second.  Middlesex University. 1972
MSc (Econ) London School of Economics. 1973
BA, History of Art, Upper Second, Birkbeck, University of London, 1988
PhD, History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London, 1998


Civil Servant, UK Government Economic Service, 1973 to 2011.
Specialising for the last 18 years in aspects of the economics of innovation and innovation policy, with special reference to metrics, indicators and modelling of the innovation system; programme evaluation; the innovation infrastructure for the knowledge economy including standards, design, measurement and their impact.

Currently a freelance consultant working on projects in the economics of innovation, with special reference to design, standards and accreditation. Clients include the UK Design Council, the British Standards Institution, European Standards Bodies (CEN/CENELEC), Heritage Lottery Fund, UK Accreditation Service, European Commission's Joint Research Centre, OECD.


Sometime Deputy Chairman of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators.

Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Business Research, Judge Institute, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Ray’s interests lie in the field of innovation and innovation systems, with particular focus on the infrastructure and institutions that enable the circulation and validation of technological and business knowledge that supports innovation, including studies of the impact of these structures.  These include formal standards and the processes of standards making; accreditation, metrology and measurement and design.  Most projects are carried out on a consultancy basis usually in collaboration with colleagues from Birkbeck, especially Dr Marion Frenz and from other Universities and Consultancies.

Recent and forthcoming publications

  • Frenz, M., & Lambert, R. (2013). The Economics of Accreditation. United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
  • Frenz, M., & Lambert, R. (2014). Innovation,skills and performance in the downturn. London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • The links between standards/standardisation and research and innovation.  Consultancy project with Dr Paul Temple, University of Surrey and Optimat, a Glasgow based consultancy.
  • Contribution to a collective OECD study of Design in innovation and its measurement.
  • Swann, G.M.P.  and Lambert R. (2017), Standards and Innovation: A Brief Survey of Empirical Evidence and Transmission Mechanisms. in Handbook of Innovation and Standards, Edward Elgar.
  • King, M., R. Lambert and P. Temple (2017), Measurement, standards and productivity spillovers, in Handbook of Innovation and Standards , Edward Elgar.

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