Project team

Find contact details of the key members of the team below.


Dr Jorge Tiago Martins

Principal Investigator 

My areas of expertise are strategy and technology innovation management, more specifically the impact of technologies on complex organisational contexts.

I coordinate the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Regional Technology Foresight project. Spanning over two years (2018-2020), the project is aimed at helping UK regions identify, absorb and exploit a variety of technological innovations that can drive transformation across UK manufacturing.

My research and teaching bridge the Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management (IKIM) & the Information Systems (IS) Research Groups.

Dr Sonal Hukampal Singh

Research Associate 

Sonal H. Singh completed her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur India. She developed a framework that connects the innovation and entrepreneurship at the grassroots level and proposed a mechanism by which grassroots innovators can generate economic and non-economic benefits from entrepreneurial activities. She also assessed the potential of grassroots technological innovation for sustainable development using multicriteria decision making technique. Prior to this, she was associated as a visiting researcher with the Sheffield University Management School, the University of Sheffield.  Her research interest includes technology foresight, innovation, entrepreneurship, techno-entrepreneurial leadership and sustainable development. Sonal has worked as Research Associate in Regional Technology Foresight Project at Information School, the University of Sheffield from February 2020 to July 2020. 

Professor Tim Vorley

Project Mentor

Tim has substantial experience of carrying out economic and policy research and evaluations, managing over numerous academic grants. His work is focused around innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise policy and economic development from an institutional perspective. He is the co-director of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network.

He is currently leading the ESRC/Innovate UK Innovation Caucus to provide social science insights that inform the development of innovation policies and programmes and feed into ongoing work with the Industrial Strategy.

Dr Ivan Rajic (May 2018 to November 2019)

Research Associate

Ivan holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. The main focus of his research is the emergence and persistence of regional development disparities within capitalist countries, and how they can be overcome, with the UK as the main case study. In addition, focusing on Scotland as the main example, he looked at how regional development disparities can create inter-regional economic conflicts, which, under certain circumstances, can become the basis for separatism.

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