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Professor Alan Hughes

Visiting Professor

The Management School



Research overview

I have a particular research interest in innovation and science policy and in the evolution of manufacturing and UK productivity and have extensive policy experience in these areas. Thus I was a member of the Lead Expert Group for the UK Foresight Project on the Future of UK Manufacturing from 2012-2014  and a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) from 2004-2104. CST is the UK government's top-level advisory body on science and technology policy issues.CST's remit is to advise the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales on strategic issues CST organises its work around five broad themes (research, science and society, education, science and government and technology and innovation) and takes a medium to longer-term approach.

My research includes, in addition, the analysis of the growth, financing and innovative behaviour of large, small and medium sized enterprises, takeovers, corporate governance and the market for executives in large-scale enterprise as well as the design and evaluation of industrial and enterprise support policies, including management training. I have published extensively on these issues including articles in the Journal of Operations Management, Economic Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Industrial Economics, The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Small Business Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of High Technology Management Research and Sloan Management Review. I have also edited and written numerous books and official research reports which have served to disseminate their policy implications in UK and other OECD economies. My work has been cited over 7000 times with an h index of 44 and an i10 of over 100.

Career Details

2016 -               Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lancaster University Management School

2014 -               Professor of Innovation, Imperial College Business School, London

2013-                 Life Fellow, Sidney Sussex College Cambridge

2013-                 Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies (Emeritus) University of Cambridge

2013- 2016       Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Universities and Business 


Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland Business School, Brisbane, Australia


BA (Econ) Cambridge

MA (Cantab) Cambridge 

Research Grants

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC):

Integrated Knowledge Centre in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Photonics and Electronics: Commercialisation Practices and Policy

Award Period: 2007-2013

Amount: CBR component £395,000

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB), National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS):

UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) – The Cambridge/Imperial Innovation Research Centre.

Award Period: 2009-2014

Amount: £2,799,800

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):

Interactions between Arts and Humanities Academics and the Private, Public and Third Sectors.

Award Period: 2010-2013

Amount: £61,000


EPSRC, AHRC, ESRC ,Natural and  Environmental Research Council (NERC), Science  and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Higher Education Funding Council for  England (HEFCE) Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

               KnowledgeExchangeInteractions  between UK academics and External Organisations 2005-2015

               Award Period: 2015-2016

               Amount: £180,000

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