Cornelia Lawson
  • Alliance Manchester Business School, Room 8.022

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am inviting PhD applications in the domain of metascience. I am particularly interested in how AI is changing the organisation of science.

Personal profile


Cornelia Lawson is Professor at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR). Her research investigates the performance and career paths of researchers and inventors, as well as inter-organisational and inter-sectoral research collaboration and knowledge transfer. At present she is working on projects that look at open innovation in science, gender biases and diversity in science, research funding decision making, and the impact of AI on science.

Cornelia is currently heading the Innovation, Strategy and Sustainability group at AMBS; before that she was Programme Director of the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (2020-2022). Prior to joining AMBS Cornelia was a Prize Fellow at the University of Bath School of Management and a JSPS post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. She holds a PhD in Economics from City, University of London.

  • Member of the ESRC peer review college
  • Scientific committee member and chair of the annual conference "Workshop on the Organisation, economics and policy of scientific research" (WOEPS) (since 2011)
  • Guest Editor with Stefano Breschi (Bocconi), Francesco Lissoni (U Bordeaux), Andrea Morrison (U Utrecht) and Ammon Salter (U Bath) of a Special Issue in Research Policy on STEM Migration, Research, and Innovation (2020).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Economics, City University of London

PGCert, Japanese Studies, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

External positions

Visiting Researcher, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives

1 Jan 2023 → …

International Affiliated Fellow, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy

1 Apr 2018 → …

Research Associate, Centre for Business Research, Cambridge

1 Mar 2016 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


  • Evaluation of Research
  • AI in Science
  • Diversity in Science
  • Gender Bias
  • Scientist Mobility
  • Research Collaboration
  • PhD careers
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Science-based innovation


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