Ms Deborah Cox

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Position: Research Fellow
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Deborah studied social sciences at degree level and has a Masters degree in Information Management from Sheffield University. She is also a qualified teacher and has a teaching degree in Adult, Further and Higher Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been working in the field of STI policy research for over 20 years at Manchester and has experience of leading and managing successful transnational research projects. Deborah has co-authored a range of publications in the field of STI policy including books, journal articles, OECD briefings and research reports.

Research Interests

Deborah’s research interests lie in public sector research systems and the socio-economic impacts of research. She has expertise in evaluation and the IT industry, including human resource dimensions and mobility.

Most recently Deborah has been involved as the assignment manager for the RINDICATE consortium on a successful EC sponsored study of the inhibiting factors of researcher mobility. Previous project work includes research undertaken for an annual digest of industrial trends for IPTS, DG JRC of the European Commission. Recent significant project work includes a study on the growth of the environmental technologies sector in Merseyside; research exploring the Support for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Innovation Programmes for the European Commission, DG Enterprise and a short study on the Characteristics of Supportive Environment for R&D activities by Tenure Tracks and Tenures, at UK Universities and Research Institutes, for the Japan Research Institute.

Her current role at The University of Manchester also requires the coordination and administration of a portfolio of research projects. Her practical experience includes project management of the Eurolabs project – a comparative analysis of public, private and semi-private research centres in Europe. This project involved 10 European partners and responsibilities included coordinating the outputs from all partners, dealing with contractual issues and monitoring expenditure. This involved daily interaction with internal and external colleagues on the project.

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Showing 49 publication(s)


  • Muller, P., Gagliardi, D., Caliandro, C., Peycheva, V., Marzocchi, C., Ramlogan, R., ... Cox, D. (2015). Annual Report on European SMEs 2014 / 2015 SMEs start hiring again SME PERFORMANCE REVIEW 2014/2015. Luxembourg: European Union.. Publication link: 6bed225b-e413-48d8-bed2-625e3bdc0004
  • Simmonds, P., Teichler, T., Brown, N., Cox, D., Enberg, J., Hakansson, A., ... Culver, J. (2015). Final Evaluation of Security Research under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.. Publication link: 58e202de-7a3f-462f-b0b3-eb19a67fcdd7
  • Shapira, P., Youtie, J., Cox, D., Uyarra, E., Gok, A., Rogers, J., & Downing, C. (2015). Institutions for Technology Diffusion. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank, Competitiveness and Innovation Division.. Publication link: da25142e-4f0e-4074-957e-6d2ac95f96e4


  • Cox, D., Gagliardi, D., & Li, Y. (2014). What are the factors driving and hindering the adoption of open science? An exploratory study. (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working Papers; No. 76). Manchester.. Publication link: 44193702-9b4d-48eb-a236-66d9970df56d
  • De Jong, S., Barker, K., Cox, D., Sveinsdottir, T., & Van Den Besselaar, P. (2014). Understanding societal impact through productive interactions: ICT research as a case. Research Evaluation, 23(2), 89-102. DOI: 10.1093/reseval/rvu001. Publication link: 484459b6-73da-4567-b361-c7f23d044270


  • Cox, D., & Loveridge, D. (2013). Innovation for Development: Knowledge and Research Application to Address International Development Goals: A Tool Kit. (ISBN: 978-0-946007-31-8). UNESCO.. Publication link: 66d5fdad-a0f5-498f-8d18-bebceac24f55
  • Cox, D., Jong, S. D., Barker, K., Sveinsdottir, T., & Besselaar, P. V. D. (2013). Understanding societal impact through studying productive interactions. (Rathenau Instituut Working Paper Series; No. 1304). The Hague, Netherlands.. Publication link: 0dee21fe-0479-4b35-81a7-94743481e04e
  • Cox, D., & Rigby, J. (2013). Innovation Policy Challenges for the 21st Century. (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organization and Technology). New York and Abingdon: Routledge.. Publication link: 13b400ef-8662-4596-833f-781dd5935dec
  • Cox, D., & Sveinsdottir, T. (2013). "We are all trying to do something that we have never done before" Management of furthering research equipment sharing amongst UK Universities. R&D Management conference, Manchester, .. Publication link: b5227d80-9461-402f-92ac-d712aeb56197
  • Cox, D., Green, L., Bitard, P., & Rigby, J. (Ed.) (2013). Innovation Policy and Design - Design as a Tool for Innovation. In Innovation Policy Challenges for the 21st Century. New York: Routledge. . Publication link: d8f899b1-da72-468a-98a0-e7afcb1b22d6
  • Cox, D., Barker, K., & Sveinsdottir, T. (2013). The “Innovation Turn” in Policy for Large Scientific Facilities: Reflections on introducing innovation support dimensions to the operation of scientific research infrastructure. EU-SPRI, Madrid, .. Publication link: dae018ef-63fe-459f-920f-e416e4584974


  • Rigby, J., Cox, D., Cunningham, P., Edler, J., Gök, A., Shapira, P., ... Boekholt, P. (2012). Evaluation of the Research Council of Norway Background Report No 10. Internationalisation. Brighton, United Kingdom: Technopolis.. Publication link: 86881e86-c28f-4b9d-a10c-d74a30531f0d


  • Cox, D., & Barker, K. E. (2011). OECD ISSUE BRIEF: RESEARCH ORGANISATION EVALUATION. OECD.. Publication link: ccfa9f2a-ace6-403e-b752-02ffba9247e0
  • Barker, K. E., Cox, D., Spaapen, J., Van der Meulen, B., Molas Gallert, J., de Jong, S., & Tong, P. (2011). Final report on social impacts of research. Netherlands: No publisher name.. Publication link: de3f60dd-56e2-4e39-947d-7e99ff361def


  • Cox, D., & Barker, K. (2010). The Europeanisation of Metrology Research - how national research managers have built a European programme and what it means for research governance. In host publication.. Publication link: 5851a147-f848-4c83-bfa1-a80bc59c6153
  • Cox, D., & Barker, K. (2010). Public Research Institutes in Europe: changing environments and strategic responses. In host publication.. Publication link: d9fdcaa8-4cd3-4f31-9b34-049158495f2b
  • Cox, D., Arnold, E., Barker, K., & Slipersæter, S. (2010). Research Institutes in the ERA. (WP2 2007/S 106-12999 FORESIGHT-200702 Lot 2 WP3). No publisher name.. Publication link: f651875a-2e05-4712-92a5-a9f8696af3ba


  • Cox, D., Barker, K. E., & Sveinsdottir, T. (2009). Analysis of public research institutes in Europe in selected S&T fields Historical evolution and future scenarios - Metrology. No publisher name.. Publication link: 7b46489b-5810-40ff-94ed-8856a3d9eec4
  • Cox, D., & Gagliardi, D. (2009). The public/private nexus of R&D. (IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation; No. 06/2009). Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications fo the European Communities.. Publication link: 82c28659-99fc-4c0e-abbd-3c235e6c980e
  • Cox, D., & Boden, R. (2009). Science, Standards and Infrastructure Provision through the PFI - a case study of the National Physical Laboratory. (Manchester Business School Working Paper Series; No. 575). Manchester.. Publication link: 95291915-38a3-4a58-af22-de6b8a933a66
  • Edler, J., Georghiou, L., Uyarra, E., Cox, D., Rigby, J., Nugroho, Y., & Blind, K. (2009). Monitoring and Evaluation Methodology for the EU Lead Market Initiative A Concept Development Final Report. No publisher name.. Publication link: 40497455-f8de-4d16-8a78-11af51b61bd2


  • Cox, D., Flanagan, K., Kaloudis, A., Jones, B., Morrison, K., Nugroho, Y., ... Weckowska, D. (2008). Evidence on the main factors inhibiting mobility and career development of researchers. (DG Research). Luxembourg: European Commission. DOI: 10.2777/5555. Publication link: a743b31c-a64b-4869-a2a0-f72289a0a44d


  • Cox, D., Edler, J., Flanagan, K., Mina, A., & Cunningham, P. (2007). Study on Ireland’s International Engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation, Module 1 Report. (ISBN 978-0-946007-21-9). No publisher name.. Publication link: 5f1fe967-90cd-4e86-a0bc-bccf141d7227


  • Howells, J., Tether, B., Cox, D., Glynn, S., & Rigby, J. (2006). Information technology research in the UK: Perspectives on services research and development, and systems of innovation. Science and Public Policy, 33(1), 17-31. DOI: 10.3152/147154306781779172. Publication link: 0ca6f11b-2e46-4200-846f-cb9fde3a2b0f
  • Miles, I. D., Cunningham, P. N., Cox, D., & Malik, K. (2006). Smart Innovation: A practical guide to evaluating innovation programmes. (European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry). No publisher name.. Publication link: 11b57f16-3fe4-4c91-8c8a-d14f219ea94d
  • Butler, J., Cox, D., Gagliardi, D., Howells, J., & Nugroho, Y. (2006). Monitoring Industrial Research : The Annual Digest of Industrial R&D (First issue). (European Commission). European Commission DG Research and DG JRC.. Publication link: 75da3051-94f9-4292-b85e-24db33df6fe4


  • Cox, D., & Malik, K. (2005). Characteristics of the supportive environment for R&D activities by Tenure Tracks and Tenures at UK Universities and Research Institutes. (Japan Research Institute). No publisher name.. Publication link: 8af13020-daeb-4b35-a2e4-fd10dae7fc5e


  • Howells, J., Cox, D., & Malik, K. (2004). The Public Research Base and its Links with Industry. Report of the CREST Expert Group. (European Commission). No publisher name.. Publication link: de2b2463-b9d0-44ab-b961-eb2bfae101bf
  • Nedeva, M., Cox, D., & Boden, R. (2004). The Appliance of Science: new public management and strategic change. In host publication.. Publication link: bc2a37bd-5286-446c-97ae-6c3449944043
  • Barker, K. E., & Cox, D. (2004). Measuring IST Industrial Impact and Socio-economic Results - MEASURE (under the Information Society Technologies Programme of the European Commission?s Fifth Framework Programme). DATABANK (coordinator), IDATE, Teleport and PREST 2002-2004. No publisher name.. Publication link: d83a84d9-9f55-4adb-90cb-09f2db6ba5a2
  • Nedeva, M. N., Cox, D., & Boden, R. (2004). Scrutinising Science, The Changing UK Government of Science. Palgrave Macmillan .. Publication link: 3a2d1cf2-a252-443d-9a45-05610a069630


  • Rigby, J., & Cox, D. (2003). Testing the Boundaries of Public Private Partnership: the privatisation of the UK defence evaluation and research agency. In host publication.. Publication link: 76166d9a-7d78-4233-889d-85fea53a1346
  • Georghiou, L., Barker, K. E., Keenan, M. P., Flanagan, K., & Cox, D. (2003). A Comparative Analysis of Public, Semi-Public and Recently Privatised Research Centres, Summary Final Report. (European Commission). European Commission Publication.. Publication link: 6a0bf82c-0709-4ccf-8df1-29f4b4b7406f


  • Georghiou, L., Barker, K. E., & Cox, D. (2002). The Evolution of Public Sector Laboratories in Europe. In World Congress of Sociology.. Publication link: e2534a88-04f9-4576-9937-90d07b569a6d


  • Cox, D., Barker, K., & Gummett, P. (Ed.) (2001). Government Laboratories - Transition and Transformation. Amsterdam: I O S Press.. Publication link: 251c3ab6-0577-4e96-ad9c-a8fc1c12a3b5
  • Howells, J., Glynn, S. M., Cox, D., Rigby, J., & Tether, B. (2001). UK R&D Strengths in IT, Electronics and Communications (ITEC) and Creative Content Industries. No publisher name.. Publication link: ab2c501b-3e12-45f6-93fe-77b2a8864cc7
  • Georghiou, L., Cox, D., Barker, K. E., Boden, R., & Gummett, P. J. (Ed.) (2001). Administrative Reform of United Kingdom Government Research Establishments: Case studies of new organisational forms. In Government Laboratories - Transition and Transformation. (pp. 96-19). Amsterdam: I O S Press. . Publication link: 6b8460b8-5bb0-44ec-afa4-8c4c1fd15663


  • Miles, I. D., Flanagan, K., & Cox, D. (2000). Ubiquitous Computing: toward understanding European strengths and weaknesses. No publisher name.. Publication link: 9b5536d7-ac4a-4d78-b549-b2898b975095
  • Angel, S., Cox, D., & Georghiou, L. (2000). Links to the Science Base of the Information Technology and Biotechnology Industries (Report prepared in support of work undertaken by the Centre for Innovation and Competition for the ESRC (CRIC) at the request of the D-G for research councils). No publisher name.. Publication link: 6aee8859-5930-4a19-9ec1-272d28cd2132
  • Cox, D. (2000). Final Reports and Deliverable 3: preliminary results report socio-economic and industrial assessment of FPIV telematics applications projects completed between 1996 and 1998 (for the TAP-ASSESS Consortium - EC DG13). No publisher name.. Publication link: 80d65509-97b2-40ce-a244-d8f39a397713
  • Gummett, P. J., Cox, D., Boden, R., Barker, K., & Rhodes, R. A. W. (Ed.) (2000). The Changing Central Government of Science and Technology. In Transforming British Government: Volume 2 - Changing Roles and Relationships. Houndmills: Macmillan. . Publication link: db934332-eb5e-420f-92fb-36e876acb4f1


  • Loveridge, D., & Cox, D. (1999). Innovation for Development - a Toolkit (submitted to UNESCO for publication). No publisher name.. Publication link: 09748488-8acb-4f07-b850-45bfba0ae8e5


  • Boden, R., Gummett, P. J., Cox, D., & Barker, K. (1998). Men in White Coats….Men in Grey Suits: new public management and the funding of scientific research in the UK. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 11, 3, 267-291. . Publication link: 17bf64ec-ebd8-4e14-acb0-a456e4ed4c27


  • Ellis, D., Cox, D., & Hall, K. (1993). A comparison of the information seeking patterns of researchers in the physical and social sciences. Journal of Documentation, 49(4), 356-369. . Publication link: 16ecb8f8-96c8-4fc1-afe1-b95bcc98800d