CIMR Research in Focus 9: Looking ahead to 2022

A very Happy New Year from all of us at the CIMR! We have had a busy end to the year and there is lots to look forward to in 2022.

Our research has continued to explore inequalities and power dynamics at the national, regional and individual level. Findings from Norrin Halilem, Muthu De Silva and Nabil Amara highlight gender disparities in informal entrepreneurship among academics in business schools. Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Helen Lawton Smith, Ning Baines, Maria Tsouri and Saverio Romeo explore the divergence in patterns of regional development in twin towns in France and the UK, while Grazia Ietto-Gillies takes an in-depth look at the asymmetry of power in economies and transnationality.

Federica Rossi shares insights on new business models for innovation intermediaries supporting the digital transition and what the KEF 2021 narratives tell us about HEI’s engagement with the arts and cultural sector.

New research by Ray Lambert and Marion Frenz explores the impact of private food safety standards on food business sites.

As discussion about the availability of COVID-19 testing and the crucial role of vaccines continues, the importance of Life Sciences innovation in battling the pandemic is clearer than ever. Our timely debate with leading figures on this topic furthered the conversation on next steps for UK Life Sciences policy.

We were delighted to close off the autumn term by welcoming Touker Suleyman, businessman and Dragon on Dragons’ Den, to share his inspiring story with Birkbeck’s entrepreneurial MSc students. Three of our students and alumni pitched their businesses to Touker and received expert feedback and the opportunity for further mentoring on their idea.

Get involved with the CIMR in 2022

Our Debates and Workshops in Public Policy series restarts on 26 January with a varied calendar of events, from passion in entrepreneurship to digital technology and transformation. All are welcome to join us for these online discussions.

For researchers, we have two calls for papers open. Dr Ellen Pei-Yi Yu is organising a conference on “Environmental Finance for the Common Good” at Birkbeck on 31 March and 1 April 2022. Submissions of papers on environmental finance are welcome. Ellen’s research on greenwashing was recently featured in Forbes.

Colleagues are also calling for contributions to the Technovation special issue “Innovation Intermediaries and Emerging Digital Technologies”, deadline 1 September 2022.

We hope to welcome you to an upcoming event soon.