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Imogen Wade

Imogen Wade

Supervisors: Dr Peter Duncan and Professor Slavo Radošević

Email: imogen.wade.10@ucl.ac.uk

Present status: PhD candidate

Working title of thesis: Governing Innovation: science cities and science parks in Russia. A case study approach

Research: In this project, I examine the governance of scientific and technological innovation in Russia. More specifically, I look at how a very state-dominant market economy and a highly authoritarian political system has been trying to stimulate scientific and technological innovation. The focus is on two particular approaches: the creation and encouragement of ‘science towns’ and science parks. Science towns are physical clusters of scientific institutes, educational establishments, and (commercial) firms in a concentrated area. Science parks provide office and/or lab space in a concentrated space and facilities for start-ups and young firms, often but not always focused on a single economic sector.

The thesis employs a mixed methods approach, incorporating the analysis of semi-structured interviews, historical sources, and public documents in Russian and English. For the thesis, I am fortunate to be jointly supervised by Dr Peter Duncan and Professor Slavo Radošević, both of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (UCL), UK.

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