Professor David Wield

Professor of Innovation and Development

Dave is Professor of Innovation and Development at the Open University and a Co-Director of the Innogen Institute based at the Open University and the University of Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2014 he directed the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (Innogen), University of Edinburgh and Open University. Previously, he worked at Imperial College, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique and Aston University. He has also been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University/University of California, Berkeley.

He is on the editorial board of various journals and book series, on the ESRC peer review panel and was a sub-panel member of the recent REF UK research evaluation exercise.

Dave’s research interests focus on the policy and management of technology; and on development policy and practice with emphasis on industrialization and technologies.  Recent research includes projects on: innovation in life science companies; knowledge management and development, public-private collaboration and international development. His external research grants as PI total more than £12m, including from ESRC, EPSRC, European Union and Commission, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), IDRC Canada, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.

Dave is very happy to consider new doctoral students in these areas

Bioeconomy, pharmaceuticals and the global economy

This research focuses on the transformation of the bioeconomy in the last decade. The decades after the 1950s witnessed major growth in the bioeconomy, at the same time as the rise and maturation of the drug discovery system. This system is now in crisis and the research focuses on the relationship between changes in the bioeconomy and changes in the global economy, including the growth of more...

Connecting science and innovation in Scotland

The science base in Scotland has traditionally been strong with world leading universities. But the innovation system is less robust. This research analyses the weak relationship between science and innovation in Scotland, discovering the reasons behind this disconnect, particularly human capital, funding for innovation and academic-industrial collaboration.
The research is funded by the ...

Engineering and international development

The importance of science for development has been an increasing part of development discourses since 2000. Policy triggers included the MDG debates, the UK Chief Scientist, and increased public engagement with issues of science and development. But engineering has been less emphasised in these debates, surprisingly since engineering and engineers are crucial for the transport, water, energy, i...

Issues involved in diffusion of knowledge through migration of scientific labour in India

In the past, ‘brain drain’ has proved to be a big curse for developing countries like India and China but in the emerging global competitive environment, the brain drain can provide crucial advantage to these formerly backward regions. Through successful diffusion of knowledge the communities of such scientists and engineers can provide the skill and know-how needed to help local firms shif...

Policy Influences on Technology for Agriculture: Chemicals, Biotechnology and Seeds (PITA)

Technological innovation in the agrochemical, biotechnology and seeds industries and in associated public sector research establishments (PSREs) has the potential to deliver more socially and environmentally sustainable farming systems and to improve the quality of life in Europe. This is particularly true of farms on the most fertile land.

However, although policies developed in differe...

Health innovation for the world's poor: Who are the players and what is the game?

Joanna Chataway, Rebecca Hanlin, Joyce Tait and David Wield

A variety of public private partnering arrangements and innovative financing mechanisms has begun to change the neglected disease landscape over the last decade.  How significant are these public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements?  Are these players likely to endure?  Do they deserve the continued support of develo...

Innovation in Africa

The Open University's research on 'Innovation and the private sector in inclusive African development' s ranked among 'the top 20 most impressive UK research contibuting to the development' by the Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS). UKCDS is a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development. Highlighting the significance of the Open Uni...

Regulations: Constraints or Enablers?

Regulations: Constraints or Enablers?

In keynote presentation, Professor David Wield argues that open innovation practices could help regulatory systems become smarter, enabling and driving – rather than constraining – innovation.

In April Professor David Wield was invited to provide a keynote presentation at the 4th Annual Open Innovation Conference [link to:...

Why Innogen Work Matters: Prof. David Wield

David Wield discusses why Innogen's work matters. 
Innogen pioneers approaches that connect people, policy and practice to innovative solutions for real world problems.

Professor David Wield

Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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