Innogen · News · January 10, 2008

New Innogen Director for Phase II

Professor Dave Wield joins Edinburgh as Director for Innogen Phase II.

Dave Wield has relocated from the Open University to Edinburgh to take on the role of Director of the ESRC Innogen Centre as it enters its second phase although Professor Joyce Tait stays very much involved as Scientific Advisor.


Professor Robin Williams remains as Co-Director at Edinburgh with Professor Joanna Chataway taking on the role of Co-Director at the Open University. Dr James Smith takes on the role of Director of Developing Country Research and Dr Peter Robbins will be Joanna's deputy at the Open University. Dr Catherine Lyall has been promoted to the new post of Deputy Director and Centre Manager and Lara Crossland is the new Communications and Networking Officer.


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Professor Dave Wield has relocated from the Open University to Edinburgh to take on the role of Director of the ESRC Innogen Centre as it enters its second phase although. He has been a Co-director of the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (Innogen) since its establishment in 2002 based in the Open University. His Innogen research interests focus on how the rapid changes in life science can address global food and health needs. Specifically, he has worked on new life sciences innovation, genomics and development, and regulation/governance of the life sciences.


He previously worked for five years in Tanzania and Mozambique and continues to do research on technology and international development issues, and on capacity building for science and technology. He co-directs the Open University International Development Centre which he helped found to build effective and equal partnerships with colleagues from around the world to arry out research and teaching relevant to the complex process of changing the world for the better


He has also been a Fulbright Senior Fellow at Stanford University and UC Berkeley where he conducted research on innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Dave has held grants from ESRC, EPSC, EC, Swedish Sida, Canadian IDRC and Rockefeller Foundation and has coordinated six large multinational programmes in the last decade. He has published or edited nine books, most recently Followers to Leaders: managing innovation in newly industrializing countries, Routledge, 2002(with Naushad Forbes). He has published over one hundred journal articles.