Ronnie is an economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester.
He gained his PhD from Manchester in 1995 and after working in the private sector for some years returned to the academia in 2000.
Ronnie has broad research interests in the area of innovation studies focusing on such issues as the emergence of new sectors, economic growth and productivity, health innovations, the growth of knowledge and science and technology and innovation and development.
His research has employed traditional econometric tools as well as network methodologies based on the collection, organisation and use of bibliographic, patent and other data.
Previous research projects include a comparative study of university-firm relationships across three UK regions; the application of complex systems thinking to economic sustainability and the uneven development of health innovations within and across various health systems.
He has also been involved in evaluating knowledge transfer within science parks, public sector innovation metrics, nano-tech clusters (Manchester) and providing consulting reports for national and international organisations.