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Professor David Wield

David Wield

Profile summary

Professional biography

I am Professor of Innovation and Development at the Open University and Co-Director of the Innogen Institute at the Open University and the University of Edinburgh. I was Director of the ESRC Innogen Centre from 2007-2014 and remains a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh. I have previously worked at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and at Eduardo Mondlane University Mozambique, at Imperial College, Aston University, the Architectural Association and the University of Edinburgh and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley.

Research interests

My research interests focus on interdisciplinary research in innovation and development where theoretical and empirical outcomes are likely to have policy and public implications.

  1. Innovation, learning and knowledge in the life sciences
  2. Engineering and innovation in developing countries
  3. International research policy and capacity building
  4. The policy and management of technology.

Teaching interests

I have extensive teaching and curriculum development experience and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I helped to establish the Open University's doctoral training programme. My teaching interests include in:

  • technology policy, innovation and management at undergraduate postgraduate and doctoral levels
  • development policy and practice, at undergraduate, postgraduate doctoral levels.

Impact and engagement

I have worked with a wide range of external organisations including: UNCTAD, Great London Council, Mozambican Government, Swedish SIDA, Scottish Government and the BBSRC.

External collaborations

I am the Editorial Boards of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management and I.J. Technology Management and Sustainable Development. I am a peer reviewer for various other journals, a Fellow of the ESRC Peer Review Panel, and have reviewed for EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Scottish Carnegie in the UK. I am an External Assessor at the LSE and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. I was a Research Excellence Framework sub-panel member in 2008 and 2014. I have served as external assessor in Wageningen University, the Academy of Finland, Genome Canada, and for the Global Management Award, Birla Institue of Management, India.