Debbie Cox

Debbie Cox


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Deborah studied social sciences at degree level and has a Masters degree in Information Management from Sheffield University. She is also a qualified teacher and has a teaching degree in Adult, Further and Higher Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been working in the field of STI policy research for over 20 years at Manchester and has experience of leading and managing successful transnational research projects. Deborah has co-authored a range of publications in the field of STI policy including books, journal articles, OECD briefings and research reports.

Research interests

Deborah’s research interests lie in public sector research systems and the socio-economic impacts of research. She has expertise in evaluation and the IT industry, including human resource dimensions and mobility.

Deborah is currently the Manager of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and the Sustainable Consumption Institute.  She runs the Secretariat for the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research adn Innovation (Eu-SPRI).

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Information Management, The University of Sheffield

Award Date: 19 Jul 1991

External positions

Associate Editor, Foresight journal

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Creative Manchester


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