Philippe Larédo is Directeur de Recherche at the newly created Université de Paris-Est (Ecole des Ponts, Laboratoire Territoires, Techniques, Sociétés - LATTS) and professor at the University of Manchester (MBS, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research).
He is also a board member of the new French institute on research and innovation in society (IFRIS).
Previous appointments were at Ecole des Mines (CSI, 1991-2002), the French Comité for Research Evaluation (CNER, 1988-1990) and the French Ministry in charge of Research (1981-1988, being responsible of the marine technologies national programme from 1983 to 1986 and then of strategic studies and evaluation).
His main role at Manchester deals with the PhD programme (60 PhD students in the public and private management of science, technology and innovation).
In recent years, in the context of the introduction of the French tax credit for R&D, he has undertaken a review of literature and studies on tax credit for R&D that have been performed in the context of setting up the French tax credit system.
His research interests are on new emerging sciences and breakthrough innovation and on research and innovation policies. On the former he has gathered national and European projects to study the dynamics of nanotechnology with new developments on the delineation of emerging fields (Mogoutov and Kahane, Research Policy, 2007) and collective work focused on agglomeration dynamics, on nanotechnology as a new type of general purpose technology and on their policy implications.
On the latter he has edited with Philippe Mustar, Research and Innovation Policies in the New Global Economy (Edward Elgar, 2003 for the paperback edition), and was until September 2009 co-ordinating a European Network of Excellence on the subject, PRIME standing for policies for research and innovation in the move towards the ERA (www.prime-noe.org).
He is a board member of the new association that succeeds to the Prime network for studies of policies for research and innovation (EU SPRI FORUM) and the president of the new international association of indicator designers (ENID).
He presently works on three European projects dealing with breakthrough science (and the ERC, EURECIA), on the development and effects of ‘joint programming’ between national research organisations (JOREP) and on a foresight of the relations between innovation policies at large and innovation policies for defence and for security (SANDERA Project).
He runs a large French National Agency Project of the dynamics of nanosciences and nanotechnologies (having been until 2009 the president of the strategic committee of the French programme on nanotechnologies).
He also works on the knowledge capabilities of firms (with a multi-annual contract for developing new quantitative based methods with AREVA) and is presently co-responsible of a project in charge of developing a new approach to characterising and measuring the impacts of the research carried out by one of the large fFrench research organisations (INRA).
He is the co-author with Luke Georghiou of the 2006 OECD report on recent trends on evaluation.
Other recent expert level activities deal with regional policies ("Constructing Regional Advantage", EC 2006), on "rationales for the ERA" (2007-8, see 2008 report published by the EC) and on the strategic evaluation of the Spanish CSIC (2008).
He was also member of the Spanish Committee in charge of reshaping the 1986 law on science (2008-09).
He is also an adviser to the French "Commissariat aux grands investissements" ( CGI, in charge of allocating a special fund of 20 billion euros to Universities) and of a French region (Pays de Loire) for their higher education, research and innovation policy.