Exploring the contribution of public research and higher education organisations to technological and industrial change and economic development.
The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy carries out practical policy research exploring what makes national innovation systems effective at translating new science and engineering ideas into technologies, industries and economic wealth.
Based at Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, CSTI’s research projects are designed to support the evidence needs of science, technology and innovation policymakers, in particular those officials in public research agencies who are responsible for programme design, portfolio management and strategy development. The CSTI research agenda is shaped in collaboration with policy and research agency partners.
Its projects are currently organised within five closely integrated research themes:
Characterisation of enabling technologies, production technologies and processes, value chain systems; and associated industrial/innovation capabilities and competences.
Innovation system functions-based approaches to mapping emerging technology dynamics and practical foresight-related analyses for policy and research strategy development.
Exploring the role of evolving innovation system institutions (in particular standardisation and regulatory activities) on the emergence of new technologies and industries.
Analysis of sources of national economic value capture from modern manufacturing systems in the context of technological and industrial change.
Example CSTI studies include a benchmarking analysis of quantum technologies for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council; a review of international advanced materials strategies for the Government Office of Science; and an analysis of international manufacturing innovation priorities for Innovate UK and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.
As part of its work comparing technology and industrial policies in different countries, CSTI also convenes a number of policy dialogue workshops in the UK and abroad. For example, in 2015 a workshop, focusing on ‘manufacturing and innovation policy’, was held in the White House and opened by President Obama’s chief science & technology advisor, Dr John Holdren.
Institute for Government
The Institute for Government works with political parties in Westminster and senior civil servants in Whitehall to make government more effective. It provides impartial, evidence-based advice, drawing on best practice from around the world.
Centre for Cities
The Centre for Cities is an independent research organisation committed to helping Britain’s cities improve their economic performance. The Centre produces practical research and policy advice for city leaders, the civil service and businesses.