Manchester Institute of Innovation Research



The Institute conducts a wide range of activities, including funded research projects.

The list below covers some of our current major projects; it is not an exhaustive list, and does not represent the full range of expertise and activity at the Institute. For further information on other activities, see the details of our research themes, and our individual academic profiles.

 The gaming of metrics projects
The gaming of metrics is at the centre of a number of recent scandals (such as LIBOR-fixing and car emissions tests), yet the study of gaming is fragmented and under-researched.
The Alliance: Gaming of Metrics  project aims to unify work on gaming into a more coherent body of research to establish AMBS as a leading research hub for its analysis.
Learn more about the Alliance project, the Gaming of Metrics

 Modelling the Behavioural Foundations of Strategy
In Alliance: Modelling the Behavioural Foundations of Strategy our aim is to develop and test theory on the behavioural foundations of firm performance, using agent-based modelling, to address the following questions:
- How do the cognitive capabilities (i.e. bounded rationality constraints) and emotional capabilities (i.e. motivational constraints) of individuals and groups influence the ability of firms to identity, pursue and compete for strategic opportunities (hereafter, opportunity capture)?
- Which competing theoretical descriptions of individual and group capabilities – specifically, those predicated on ‘hot cognition’ versus ‘cold cognition’ – best account for the range of well-documented behavioural impediments to opportunity capture (e.g. learning failures, biased information search, cognitive inertia, threat rigidity, and prospect neglect)?
- How do organizational (e.g. structure, culture) and industry (e.g. dynamism, munificence) factors moderate the effects of cognitive and emotional capabilities?
Learn more about the Alliance project, Modelling the Behavioural Foundations of Strategy 

 Northern Powerhouse
Our Alliance: Northern Powerhouse project  sets out the current economic profile of the key city regions across the North and compares their performance with that of London and of the UK as a whole.
The project has included six half-day workshops including: Manchester and its economic strengths and weaknesses; business, professional and creative sectors in Manchester; the skills and employment challenge facing Manchester; and the infrastructure imperative. It has also included two pilot projects: Mapping, measuring and understanding the business services and creative industries sectors in Greater Manchester; and governance of the city region.
Learn more about the Alliance project, Northern Powerhouse and Devolution

 Regional Industrial Systems and Networks The Alliance: Regional Industrial Systems and Networks project analyses the processes of successful industrial regeneration by complementing the analysis of existing academic studies into regeneration processes through the collection of additional data. It also identifies common structures, networks and aspects that lead to positive regeneration outcomes.
Learn more about the Alliance project, Regional Industrial Systems and Networks


 Sustainable Energy Innovation
The Alliance: Sustainable Energy Innovation project seeks to understand the changes in corporate value creation and capture attributable to the emergence of sustainable energy innovations in the European energy sector.
It analyses these changes through a study of the ways in which electric utilities reconfigure their business ecosystems and develop new boundary-spanning activities.
The project combines Jonatan Pinkse’s research on climate change and sustainable innovation with Eva Niesten’s work on inter-firm collaborations, transaction cost economics, and the energy sector. For the empirical analysis a unique database will be built that focuses on new collaborations that firms in the European energy sector have undertaken to anticipate sustainable energy innovations.
Learn more about the Alliance project, Sustainable Energy Innovation

 Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand logo  
The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) sits at the forefront of research on the transition to a low carbon economy. We investigate new technologies and new ways of doing things that have the potential to transform the way we use energy and achieve substantial reductions in energy demand. The Institute's Professor Frank Geels is the Co-Director.
Learn more about CIED

City Verve 
CityVerve brings together pioneering uses of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to redefine ‘smart’ in the context of a living, working city. It aims to build and deliver a smarter, more connected Manchester, creating a city that uses technology to meet the complex needs of its people.
There is consortium of 21 organisations delivering CityVerve – including Manchester City Council, Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco, BT and other tech players. The project is also backed by Government and Innovate UK.
Learn more about CityVerve

 ERA LEARN logo ERA-LEARN  is a support action (CSA) funded by Horizon 2020. It started in January 2015 as a support platform for the Public-Public-Partnerships (P2P) community.
Learn more about ERA-LEARN
 EU logo
Dr Krassi Paskaleva is an invited expert on the EU Expert Group on evaluation methodologies for the interim and ex-post evaluations of Horizon 2020, The overall objective of the expert group is to design and apply new methodologies to identify and assess the social impacts of the three pillars of Horizon 2020: (a) excellent science, (b) industrial leadership and (c) tackling the seven societal challenges (during its first years of implementation); as well as of past Framework Programmes. The methodology will contribute to the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 due by the end of 2017 as well as to the subsequent final evaluation of Horizon 2020 in 2023.
Learn more about the EU Expert Group on evaluation methodologies for the interim and ex-post evaluations of Horizon 2020

 European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation logo
The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation.
Professor Jakob Edler is the current President of Eu-SPRI, and MIOIR hosts the secretariat.
Learn more about the Eu-SPRI Forum

 The IFB Research Foundation logo
The IFB Research Foundation aims to understand the practices and that lead to high performance and longevity in family firms.
The Institute's Professor Joseph Lampel, along with Professor Ajay Bhalla from the Cass Business School, will be conducting 10 case studies to investigate the issues and challenges facing family businesses, including innovation, governance and entrepreneurship.

 Global Innovation Policy Accelerator logo  
The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator is a collaborative development programme for innovation policy leaders and managers.
Nesta and Innovate UK are partnering with unique team of academic, public and private sector organisations (including the Institute) to lead the design and delivery of a brand new tailor-made development programme for innovation policymakers in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
The programme is funded through the UK government’s Newton Fund and we aim to deliver executive development to national cohorts of senior policymakers from the main innovation institutions, while strengthening the implementation capabilities of their teams. This programme has the potential to make a real difference to national innovation systems and drive greater inclusive economic development.
Learn more about The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator

 Industrial Innovation in Transition
Industrial Innovation in Transition (IIT) is funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon2020 program, (H2020 RIS / EURO-2-2014). The project is implemented by a consortium consisting of universities and public research organisations. the partners include Aalto University, Manchester University, University of Twente, Joanneum Research Center and Zabala Innovation Consulting .
The objective of the project is to create a holistic understanding of what are the current best practices in the most innovative companies in order to produce an updated best practice documentation for European CTOs.
Learn more about IIT

The KNOWMAK project, funded through Horizon 2020, aims at developing a web-based tool, which provides interactive visualisations and state-of-the-art indicators on knowledge co-creation in the European Research Area (ERA).
Learn more about KNOWMAK

KNOWSCIENCE focuses on understanding the interplay between policy instruments intended to govern higher education and research (HER) and the informal rules and processes that have developed for ensuring the quality of the knowledge they produce. We refer to this as the interplay between structural and epistemic governance. An understanding of this relationship is necessary for building sustainable knowledge producing institutions and securing society’s long-term knowledge provision.
MIOIR will be concentrating on a particular project, looking at National Evaluation Systems (NES) and their impact on universities, researchers and research fields.
Learn more about KNOWSCIENCE

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Mokter Hossain holds a 2 year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, supervised by Dr Krassi Paskaleva.
Through the H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 “OPENINNOVATIONIMPACT” call, Mokter's project will concentrate on 'Adopting open innovation 2.0 by integrating responsible innovation for sustainability'
EU research and policy are actively promoting “open innovation 2.0”, “responsible innovation” and “sustainability” in order to address complex societal challenges. Despite apparent importance to consider these three concepts together, they are isolated from each other. This project takes a novel approach to explore them holistically to understand their combined impact in society. The objective of the research is to investigate how open innovation 2.0 is integrating responsible innovation and contributing to sustainability. Under the open innovation 2.0 phenomenon, several hundred Livings labs are active in the EU region to tackle diverse societal problems. How these Living labs are integrating responsible innovation and contributing to sustainability has not been explored yet. The proposed project is novel and innovative because it focuses on responsible innovation and sustainability of Livings labs. So far, there is no study on open innovation 2.0 from the lenses of responsible innovation and sustainability. The project has four related work packages (WPs). WP1 will synthesize the existing literature on open innovation 2.0. WP2 will investigate Living labs to understand their operating process and focus. These two WPs provide guidelines for the subsequent two WPs: WP3 will explore how responsible innovation is integrated in Living labs and WP4 will reveal the contribution of Living labs to sustainability. Thus, these four WPs together will yield new insightful and compressive knowledge on open innovation 2.0, responsible innovation, and sustainability, taken in integration. The findings of the project will be beneficial for researchers, managers, policy makers, users, and other stakeholders. Its results can be used on multiple levels – regional, national, and institutional. EU and other regions will be able to develop responsible and sustainable policies on open innovation 2.0 to gain the best benefits from the open innovation 2.0 phenomenon. 

 Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science
How can we characterise the process through which research makes an impact in society? Which preconditions are required for research to be put into use in industry, health and care, policymaking and other contexts? These are the central questions in the Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science (OSIRIS), funded by the Forinnpol programme in the Research Council of Norway. 
OSIRIS is hosted and led by TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, and has three national and international scientific partners, as well as several user partners. 
Learn more about OSIRIS

 Research and Innovation¬†Observatory
For 2016 and 2017, Dr Effie Amanatidou has been the country correspondent for Greece for the RIO (Research and Innovation Observatory) service of the European Commission.This service among other things produces annual country reports on the state, challenges of the national research and innovation systems of the EU Member States. 
Learn more about the RIO
Read the country analysis for Greece

Quality in research is a highly prioritized, but also a much debated issue in research policy. The Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-QUEST) constitutes an 8-year commitment to explore the nature and mechanisms of research quality – funded by the RCN FORINNPOL initiative. 
Learn more about R-QUEST

 RISIS logo
The purpose of RISIS is to develop a distributed infrastructure serving researchers in the field of science and innovation studies. We are developing databases and analytical tools that improve our understanding and are developing indicators that match the theoretical state of the art.
We aim:
- To stabilise and maintain our databases and make them available to all interested researchers in Europe.
- To develop new datasets to address the lasting theoretical and policy problems only partially covered by existing sources.
- To improve the interface between datasets, and work towards better problem-based integration.
- To develop platforms that will help researchers build their datasets from a variety of data, and provide them with instruments to organize and analyse a wealth of information.
- To develop an overall architecture for the infrastructure so that researchers can access, build, integrate and treat data at a distance.
Learn more about RISIS

As part of RISIS, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research has developed the Science and Innovation Policy Evaluations Repository (SIPER). This is a central source of knowledge on research and innovation policy evaluations.
Its aim is twofold:
- to provide on-line access to a unique collection of policy evaluation reports, located at a single location;
- to allow policy learning by providing an informed analysis of the database contents that is both searchable by policy makers and other stakeholders and which provides the basis for additional academic analysis.
We aim to include all evaluations of science and innovation policy programmes typically conducted after the year 2000 (although we will include earlier, ‘seminal’ evaluations) from around the world.
Access SIPER

 Slips, trips and falls (STF)
Gamification is about the way in which ‘game thinking’ can engage participants and change behaviours in real, non-game contexts. It has been increasingly applied in a variety of contexts supporting environmental and social goals and there is evidence that gamification can contribute positively to learning new behaviours. There are calls for gamification to be applied in interventions designed specifically with and for older people to facilitate healthy living and improve quality of life. Slips, trips and falls (STF) are the largest cause of accidental death in older people across Europe with 30% of people aged 65 and older, and 50% of people aged 80 and over, falling at least once per year.
The objective of our research is to develop an app that combines game thinking with theories of behavioural change and evidence about falls prevention to:
- motivate users to exercise regularly;
- and improve their awareness of preventative/therapeutic interventions to reduce STF.
What sets us apart from the other health apps is that ours is evidence based, theoretically underpinned and developed with and for older people.
With funding from the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Account, a team of multi-disciplinary researchers from The University of Manchester, designers from creative agency Reason Digital and sheltered housing users from New Charter Group have co-developed and tested a prototype app. The team are currently working on a second version of the app in a project funded by Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network.
For further information, please contact Paul Dewick.


 SME Performance Review  

The Institute has been involved in the annual European Commission SME Performance Review for a number of years, delivering the review as part of a consortium for the Commission. The Institute’s involvement in the Review is led by Dr Dimitri Gagliardi.

The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA). With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review provides comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries.

Learn more about the SME Performance Review

Sri Lanka

Many advanced economies are at the forefront of the growth of university-industry linkages. But many developing countries like Sri Lanka have yet to fully implement this type of important linkage phenomenon. Knowledge interaction between these actors can take a variety of forms and that means we must view such linkages more broadly than just a bilateral collaborative agreement. Moreover, these institutions are increasingly working together in innovation projects, which can help firm competitiveness and some university research commercialisation. 
This research project, lead by Dr Khaleel Malik and funded by the British Academy, aims to provide an understanding of university-industry interaction in developing countries, mainly via insights from Sri Lanka, but also some comparison with another South Asian country (Pakistan). This will help advance our understanding of this phenomenon via qualitative interview analysis, as well as through workshops, conferences and development of student case study material. Lessons learned should be of interest to universities, business managers and policymakers.
For further information, contact Khaleel Malik

 Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals
The University of Manchester’s, Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM), funded by BBSRC/EPSRC aims to develop new faster, more predictable and reliable “greener” routes to fine and speciality chemicals production. The Centre will provide tools, technology platforms and SynBio ‘know-how’ to drive academic discovery and translate new knowledge and processes towards industrial exploitation. The technology will lead to new products and methods for drug development, such as new antibiotics, and agricultural chemicals and new materials for sustainable manufacturing.
The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) platform is developing major programmes on the ethical and regulatory aspects faced by SynBio, which includes real-time assessment and anticipation of research and innovation trajectories, deliberation and reflection, and collaborative development.
The RRI Group seeks to initiate early RRI dialogue, provide expertise, guidance and training in responsible governance of SynBio innovation, and foster public engagement and training for the research community.
Learn more about SYNBIOCHEM

Triangulum is a five year €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the globe.
The University is working with 23 European partners from urban municipalities, research institutions and industry to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions whilst boosting the economy.
Over a five year period, Triangulum will transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three ‘lighthouse cities’ Manchester, Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway).
Concepts learnt will be transferred to the ‘follower cities’ of Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sabadell (Spain).
Learn more about Triangulum


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