Paul Cunningham gained an honours degree in biological sciences at the University of East Anglia followed by a PhD in marine ecology at UCNW Bangor. He joined PREST in 1985. Since then his work has covered a wide range of activities and his research interests have diversified greatly from his original interest in new marine technologies. Particular (albeit broad) areas of personal research interest now include: studies of the development and application of evaluation methodologies, and R&D evaluation; investigations of HEI-industry collaboration mechanisms and the role of HEIs in regional economies; studies of quantitative measures of R&D performance and the development of science and technology indicators; national and regional level studies of innovation and the identification of best practice in innovation policy and governance; studies of transnational scientific collaboration; and international science and technology policy development.
Much of this work has been undertaken either as a direct input to, or as a means to inform, policy making. In this context, Paul has undertaken numerous studies for a wide range of bodies including UK Government Departments (Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Environment, National Audit Office, Health and Safety Executive), UK Research Councils (ESRC, PPARC, SERC), the British Council, together with international bodies such as the European Commission, the OECD, national governments (Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Poland, Sweden) and other local, regional, national and international agencies.