Professor Joanna Chataway

Professor of Biotechnology and Development


Joanna’s research and consultancy experience includes work on science & technology capacity building, North-South Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), innovation and development. She has carried out several studies looking at these issues in relation to agricultural and health related biotechnology and has also researched risk regulation, perception and management of risk of biotechnology. She has worked in Central America, India, Southern Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Joanna is Co-Director of the ESRC Innogen Centre for research on innovation in the life sciences, which conducts research on the social and economic aspects of life science innovation. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for two INNOGEN centre projects investigating technology and knowledge flows in biotechnology and genomics between North and South and PI for another project funded by the ESRC Science in Society Programme looking at capacities to manage risks of agricultural biotechnology in several African countries.

Exploring the possibilities and limitations of new types of engagement between private and public sectors in bridging the divide between modern science and technology, innovation and the majority of the world's population. Currently involved in a range of research projects looking at the relationships between biotechnology and genomics north-south public private partnerships (PPPs), S&T capacity building, innovation and development more generally.

Joanna’s teaching activity has spanned the range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that DPP produces. She is currently deputy chair of TU875 War, Intervention and Development.

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...

Innovations for Pro-Poor Growth

A burgeoning area of interest for DPP members is the issue of how innovative activity can promote and support entrepreneurship in order to raise the income, welfare and agency of the poorest in society.  Initial ideas for the project and its conceptual base are available at www.ipg.open.ac.uk. This project currently supports three PhD students who are l...

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...

Product Development Partnerships

An Innogen funded project, this project is currently in its Third Phase having first started in 2001.  This current phase of the project is concerned with questions of partnership objectives, inputs, process and outputs; and the connections between these.  We are particularly interested in knowing whether product development partnerships for new health technologies produce sustainable institu...

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...

Innogen's Perspective on Health Innovation

Prof Joanna Chataway and Prof Maureen Mackintosh discuss Innogen's research on health innovation in developing counties.

Professor Joanna Chataway

Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

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