Mercedes Bleda

Mercedes Bleda


Personal profile


Mercedes Bleda is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Strategy at AMBS. She has a first degree in economics (University of Murcia, Spain), and a PhD in Innovation Studies from the University of Manchester. Before completing her PhD in the UK, Mercedes worked in the department of quantitative economics at the University of Murcia in Spain as a lecturer in mathematical economics, and as a researcher in the area of complex dynamical systems. Afterwards, she joined the Centre for Research on Organisations, Management and Technical Change (CROMTEC) and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the university of Manchester. Mercedes is currently a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) doing research on a variety of topics with a focus on sustainable innovation and innovation policy issues.  

Research interests

Mercedes' research focuses on cognition and emotion in organizations, particularly applied to strategic behavior and decision making. She also applies a behavioural approach to analyse adaptation decisions in companies as well as policy-making decisions in public organisations. She has been a researcher in several projects in these areas for the ERSC and the EPSRC, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the European Commission, the OCDE, and other institutions at the national and and local levels, both in the UK and Spain.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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