Dr Kieron Flanagan

Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy

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Kieron has supervised doctoral students working on a range of S&T policy and innovation studies topics.

His main supervisory interest is in the broad area of science and technology policy, especially where the focus is on the policy-making process or policy dynamics (for example the role of scientists, expertise and evidence in policy making, and more generally how the agency of actors, including policy and institutional entrepreneurs but also policy targets and implementers, affects public policy and its outcomes). He is also interested in critical work on 'foundational' and often taken-for-granted concepts in the area of S&T and innovation policy (for instance the 'systems of innovations' concept).

He is interested in supervising work on sub-national (regional and local) science and innovation policies, especially as they relate to the kinds of dynamics described above.

He is also interested in supervising work on scientific research careers and the international mobility of researchers, and work on the international dimensions of science more generally (including science and diplomacy) and in work on the public communication of science and technology policies (e.g. by journalists and commentators).

Finally, on the innovation studies side he is interested in supervising doctoral research on innovation dynamics in non technology based or creative service sectors. 

He is not available to supervise in the area of information systems implementation and urges prospective students to consider his excellent colleagues in the School's Management Sciences Group.  

He is currently supervising doctoral projects on the (very different) topics of 'science diplomacy' and creative industries clusters.