About us

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, building on a 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester.

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The Institute consists of a group of internationally renowned scholars and experts, and supports a broad expertise across a range of academic disciplines. With more than 50 full members, approximately 30 PhD researchers, and a range of associated academics, we are one of the world’s leading research centres in our field.

We are at the heart of innovation related research and form one of the largest components of the University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI).

We are a recognised international centre of excellence for the study of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and management. The Institute informs science and innovation policy by engaging with key policymakers, in the UK, Europe and further afield.  Reflecting the ethos of rigour and relevance, engagement with key stakeholders is at the core of our work.

The Institute also has a very strong visitor programme for academics and management and policy practitioners. We also provides a range of popular and high level short courses on evaluation, foresight and S&T policy.

Our research topics group around a set of dedicated themes. The Institute is fully integrated into several global academic networks. It is a founding member of the European Network of institutes active in innovation and science policy studies (EU-SPRI).