MIOIR Seminar Series - Does UK research collaboration in R&I promote levelling-up? An analysis of UKRI funding between 2014-2021
|Dates:||22 November 2021|
|Times:||15:30 - 16:30|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||Alliance Manchester Business School|
Join us for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Seminar Series 21/22, webinar hosted by Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Chair in Regional Economic Development at the Department of Strategy and International Business and the City-REDI research institute at Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK.
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Does UK research collaboration in R&I promote levelling-up? An analysis of UKRI funding between 2014-2021
During recent decades, research and innovation (R&I) public funding schemes have been crucial for driving economic prosperity and development. Among other objectives, such as premium research excellence, R&I funding encourages the establishment of research partnerships to increase the value for money by benefiting from the synergies and potential multiplicative effects of supporting R&I in a multidisciplinary context. Apart from allowing complementarities between public and private sectors, R&I partnerships may also be instrumental for a more balanced or unbalanced spatial distribution of public research funding. R&I partnerships may therefore also contribute to, or inhibit, the levelling-up of local innovation and research across space. Yet, what actually takes place is currently not entirely clear
In order to illustrate the potential of using public funding as a promotor of levelling-up in the UK, this paper analysed the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded projects repository between 2004 and May 2021. This information is complemented with data from ONS and scrapping individual information data from Company House website. Using social network analysis techniques we are able to quantify the spatial distribution of our research partnership public support, and this allows us to construct a series of indicators on interregional and intraregional research collaboration as well as the type of partnerships (e.g. public-private, university-industry). In turn this allows us to begin to develop a series of econometric models aimed at evaluating the contribution of different public research support characteristics to regional performance in the UK. Our preliminary evidence suggests that in order to support Levelling Up, major changes may be required in how R&I partnership funding is allocated.
Raquel Ortega-Argilés holds the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the Department of Strategy and International Business and the City-REDI research institute at Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK. Her current research work focuses urban and regional inequalities and development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and current issues such as the uneven regional impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 or the regional effects of the digital economy and automation. She is an editor of Regional Studies.
Role: Chair in Regional Economic Development
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