CIMR panel on ‘Innovation and regional inequality’, Research Centres Impact Day

CIMR is organising a panel on ‘Innovation and regional inequality’ to showcase how our research helps to address burning socioeconomic challenges.

The event is part of Birkbeck’s Department of Management Research Centres Impact Day on July 18th.

When: 18 July 2022, 12:45 — 13:45
Venue: Online
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This event is part of the Research Centres Impact Day hosted by the School of BEI.

Centre for Innovation Management Research 

Director:Prof Helen Lawton Smith, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management

Innovation and regional inequality

In this session, CIMR showcases its impactful research on innovation and regional inequality. The link between geographies of inequality and innovation lies in the diversity of economic and social opportunities based on knowledge-based economic development, with some regions adversely affected while others benefit. The policy implications lie in the need for more equitable investment in human and technological resources.


  • Dr Thanos Fragkandreas, University of Westminster 
  • Prof Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester
  • Evelyn Wilson, National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange
  • Jacadi Nicholas, BEIS
  • Chair: Daniele Archibugi


Professor Helen Lawton Smith has specialised in studies of innovation and entrepreneurship in both high-tech and traditional sectors in the UK, Canada, France and Belgium, with a particular interest in university-industry interaction. Her work has been funded by the European Commission, the ESRC, regional development agencies and the CNRS.

Dr Thanos Fragkandreas is a Lecturer for M.A. MEAS. He worked as a Research Assistant for the Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with focus on Japan/East Asia from 2019 to 2022. Thomas holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Studies (University of Huddersfield, UK), and Masters of Arts in Management (London Metropolitan University, UK), as well as a Research Masters (MRes) degree on Innovation Management and Technology Policy from Birkbeck, University of London (UK). Thanos obtained his PhD dgree in 2021 at the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London; where he has also taught courses on innovation management, strategic management, and research methods in management. His doctoral thesis focussed on innovation systems and inequality.

Evelyn Wilson is a Founder and Director of The Culture Capital Exchange which she co-established in 2011. From 2005, she was Senior Manager at its previous iteration, LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange). She is Co-Investigator on Boosting Resilience and co-wrote the bid. From 2012- 2016, she was Head of Knowledge Exchange with Creativeworks London focusing on the conception and delivery of its Knowledge Exchange Programme.

Evelyn is advisor to the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School, associate of the Centre for Innovation Management Research and member of the Creative Industries Council Clusters and Regions Group. Most recently she has co-conceived and will co-direct the new National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange with her long term collaborator and Co-Director Suzie Leighton.