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Biography

Luke is Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School.He is responsible for business engagement and commercialisation activities as well as general executive duties. He continues to be active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve). In 2011 he was elected to the Academia Europaea and from 2016 chairs the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education representing universities in 47 countries. He was Co-Champion of the 2016 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest pan-disciplinary science conference. He is a director of Manchester Science Partnerships and UMI3 the University’s technology transfer and intellectual property company. 

Research interests

Luke's research interests include innovation management and policy, evaluation of R&D and innovation policy, foresight, and national and international science policy.

Innovation Policy and Management
Current work in this area is buit around the Horizon 2020 project Industrial Innovation in Transition which is based on data from interviews with 700 companies across Europe, including a key focus on managing innovation ecosystems. Other recent work has been on on demand-side actions, including the use of public procurement to stimulate innovation and measures to stimulate lead markets. 

Evaluation
Work on evaluation of R&D and innovation dates back to the first OECD review of the topic in 1985 and the evaluation of the UK's Alvey Programme for Advanced Information Technology in the 1980s in which the team established many of the practices still used in current evaluations. He continues to work on the concept of behavioural additionality which he co-invented. Currently Luke is leading a real-time evaluation of the UK national Internet-of-Things pilot CityVerve in partnership with Cisco and teh City of Manchester among others.

Foresight
In the area of foresight his principal interests include tracking the emergence of foresight as a phenomenon and evaluating its impact upon policy. He has argued that foresight has developed through a series of ideal types characterised as 1st to 5th generations. Results of his most recent project are at http://farhorizon.portals.mbs.ac.uk/

Science Policy and Management
In science policy,  interests include university mergers, the development of a friendly ecology for research in Europe, and specific topics including international cooperation in research, science in developing countries and science parks.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

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