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Inclusive innovation and development

Research Innovation and development with The Open University

The Development Policy and Practice Group carries out interdisciplinary research in science, technology and innovation systems, global justice, politics of development and development management.

The group is recognised for its internationally excellent interdisciplinary research on innovation and development and for its growing profile in generating theoretically informed and empirically grounded knowledge on the roles and impacts of individuals, groups and systems in development processes.

The group is continuously developing new conceptual frameworks and avenues of inquiry and prides itself in being able to attract and retain world-class researchers and students who are willing and able to expand conceptual and empirical horizons. The group’s network of local and global partners provides students and researchers access to a vibrant intellectual community.

Within the context of innovation and development, we are interested in research about innovation as a driver of social change that helps the poorer sections of society. We welcome proposals which address issues of innovation, governance, politics, equity and social justice in both the developed and developing world.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

Potential projects include:

  • Institutions, markets and processes of innovation
  • The role of co-operatives in inclusive innovation and sustainable development
  • Governance of innovation and development
  • Inclusive innovation and the role of politics and power
  • The role of industry associations in innovation and development
  • Theory, evaluation and measurement of inclusive innovation.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Ben Lampert, Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 655434

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.