Dr Elvira Uyarra


Elvira Uyarra is a Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (Manchester Business School). During 2008-9 she was Innovation Policy and Research Fellow at NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Elvira holds a Ph.D in Science and Technology Policy (Manchester), an MSc in Technical Change and Regional Development (Cardiff) and a BSc ('licenciatura') in Economics (University of the Basque Country). Elvira has worked in the field of regional technology, innovation and development since 1998 first as an industry-based economist and then as academic researcher. She joined the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (then CRIC) in 2002. Elvira’s research and teaching activities centre mainly on: regional science and innovation policy; spatial dimensions of knowledge and innovation; evolutionary approaches to public policy, universities and regional development, and the innovation impact of public procurement. Currently she is working jointly with Professors Luke Georghiou and Jakob Edler on a two-year project 'Understanding Public Procurement of Innovation', funded by the ESRC, BIS, NESTA and TSB, the objective of which is to analyse how the public demand for goods and services in the UK is currently influencing the innovation behaviour of suppliers and supply chains - and how this can be improved. Her work has been published in Research Policy, Innovation, European Planning Studies, Environment & Planning C, The Journal of Evolutionary Economics, as well as chapter contributions in edited books volumes for Palgrave and Edward Elgar Publishers.