Cornelia Lawson

Cornelia Lawson


  • Alliance Manchester Business School, Room 8.022

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Cornelia Lawson is a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and currently heading the Innovation, Strategy and Sustainability group at Alliance Manchester Business School. 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, research funding decision making, and transformations in science, such as AI. Prior to joining AMBS Cornelia was a lecturer 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.

  • Scientific committee member and chair of the annual conference "Organisation, economics and policy of scientific research" 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

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 → …

Research Affiliate, Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREI), Bath

1 Apr 2021 → …

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


  • Research Productivity
  • Scientist Mobility
  • Research Funding
  • Gender Bias
  • University-Industry Collaboration
  • Research Collaboration
  • Migration
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • AI in Science
  • PhD careers


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