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Özge Dilaver Kalkan
Özge is Balkan Futures Research Fellow at British Institute at Ankara and British School at Athens, affiliated with London School of Economics and a visiting research fellow at University of Surrey. Her research interests predominantly relate to evolutionary economics and computational social science. Özge completed her PhD at Lancaster and worked at Manchester and Surrey Universities as postdoctoral researcher. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, while her particular expertise is in social simulation. Interactions between social and economic agents are central to her research. While investigating issues like emergence of markets and value, technology-induced social change and evolution of innovation systems, Özge aims to accommodate social construction of reality in the computational models of social complexity. In her current research, Özge investigates trade flows and mobility of people between Thessaloniki and Istanbul. She studies socio-economic contexts and geographical patterns of these interactions and builds agent-based simulation models of the flows between the two cities.
Kieron is lecturer in Science and Technology Policy at Manchester Business School and a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST). His first degree was taken jointly in Science and Technology Policy and Biological Sciences. He subsequently completed an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Manchester and joined PREST, as the institute was then known, in 1998. Although Kieron has worked extensively on both science policy and innovation studies, his recent work has focused mainly on public policy for science, technology and innovation. His work on the funding and management of research has often looked at research infrastructure policy and at research performing organisations such as universities and public research institutes. Other work has focused on policy for/impacts of science, technology and knowledge production activities at the sub-national (regional/city-regional) level. A third strand of work has explored wider issues surrounding the interaction between the policy-making process and science and technology, focusing especially on understanding the institutional channels through which expert scientific and technical advice is offered to and sought by policy-makers.
Nigel is Professor at University of Surrey Department of Sociology. His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. Nigel has led more than 40 research projects funded by UK research councils and EU. His ongoing projects include WholeSEM on modelling energy systems, GLODERS on Extortion Racket Systems such as the Mafia, ERIE on industrial ecosystems and QLectives on concepts and systems of quality in science. Nigel is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation and the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies. He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.
Elvira is a Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. She has studied in The University of the Basque Country (Spain) and in Cardiff University, and completed her PhD in University of Manchester. She was a Marie Curie Fellow at Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST), University of Manchester in 2001. Elvira’s research and teaching activities centre mainly in the areas of: regional science and innovation policy, EU policy and regional cohesion, geographies of knowledge and innovation and evolutionary economics. She has researched several projects in these areas, particularly for the European Commission, but also for other clients at national, regional and local levels, both in the UK and Spain.
Amy is Research Project Officer and researcher working on the Evolution and Resilience of Industrial Ecosystems (ERIE) project at University of Surrey Department of Sociology. She is also a PhD student at University of Surrey and her doctoral research is in sustainable consumption. Her background is in Psychology, specialising in Applied Psychology while obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Brighton. Amy has several years experience of co-ordinating large scale projects including the design and management of recruitment strategies for several international corporations, as well as driving the ‘People Strategy’ forward for a leading social housing organisation.