Professor Denis Loveridge

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Denis Loveridge (CEng, FEI, MPhil, BSc) joined PREST (now the MIoIR) in 1991 after 44 years in industry, and became an Honorary Visiting Professor shortly afterwards.

Denis' workon technology choice, technology assessment and foresight programmes, led to hisdeep involvement in the first UK Technology Foresight programme, from 1992 through toits completionin 1995. For the ECs DGXIIIhe led the development of a plan for teaching technology assessment in the EU. In 1996he led a team for DGXII that set out how the EC could makewider use of foresight programmes. In 1999Denis created a course on foresight that for 10 years became well known internationally.He has been a consulted by companies, UN organisations and governments, in Europe and elsewhere, concerning the conduct of foresight programmes and on scenario planning.

At Pilkington,Denis was involved for 20 years in corporate venturing and long-term corporate development working with Main Board Directors and Divisional Managing Directors. For 14 yearshe was a Principal Scientist and Project Co-ordinator at the British Coal Utilisation Research Association conducting basic and process research in fuel utilization.His experience before that was in the engineering and chemical industries.Denis has hands-on experience and insight into most aspects of industrial research, business and corporate venturingwith world firsts in process development, instrumentation and in the co-ordination of internationalcollaborative programmes for the reduction of air pollution from boiler plant. Corporate venturing led tocreation of a new business based on glass reinforced cement; creation of a VLSI design house (co-founder) andthe creation of the West Lancashire Enterprise Trust (founder and a Director). Corporate venturing included the conduct successful licensing oftechnology tothe worlds biggest micro-electronics companies, through to small companies involved in encryption technology and mechanical engineering machinery.

Denis' business experienceincludes the preparation of business investment prospectuses and all that involves; the use of venture capital including the management and strategic use of intellectual property for business growth and advantage.

Research Interests

Since the late 1970s his research interests have been aligned to what are currently becoming known as grand challenges (complex situations) that have profound influence on business and business creation in their many dimensions. Grand challenges are characterized through their multiple themes developing in society; science and technology; economics; ecology; politics; and human values/norms with their inter-relationships in emerging forms of society. Current examplesinclude the evolution, since the 1970s, of a knowledge society; sustainability and sustainable development; and the converging technologies (nanotechnology, biotechnology, IT, cognitive science and related matters) agenda (see also my personal page)

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  • Loveridge, D., & Cox, D. (2013). Innovation for Development: Knowlwdge and Research Application to Address International Development: A Toolkit. University of Manchester for UNESCO: UNESCO.. Publication link: 0d8ba1fa-878e-48ae-aedb-37f19532711a
  • Loveridge, D., & Aylen, J. (Ed.) (2013). Existence, limits and appreciation for R&D in a 'fuzzy' world. Skills for Future Innovation – Implications for R&D Management., University of Manchester, .. Publication link: b45ab278-99dd-4553-bcae-5f86ce37391c


  • Cagnin, C., & Loveridge, D. (2012). A framework, with embedded FTA, to enable business networks to evolve towards sustainable development. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 24(8), 797-820. . Publication link: 05cde88d-8769-40f0-8221-70af391f1cfc



  • Loveridge, D., Keenan, M., & Saritas, O. (2010). Executive training in foresight: an essay on the Manchester experience: 1999-2009. Journal Futures Studies. . Publication link: c65aeacd-4485-408c-9390-0d73d1f6984b
  • Loveridge, D., Keenan, M., & Saritas, O. (2010). A course on foresight for sponsors and practitioners. Journal of Futures Studies, 15(1), 145-156. . Publication link: 117ca425-a5f8-4b39-8400-dfa67a83abf8



  • Loveridge, D. (2008). Nano-worlds as Schumpeterian emergence and Polanyian double-movements - with Sally Randles, Paul Dewick & Jan Schmidt. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 20/1. . Publication link: 16624184-8dac-428e-a67c-af1c978b0513



  • Thomas, D. A., Popper Villarroel, R., Miles, I. D., Keenan, M. P., Loveridge, D., & Popper, R. (2004). European Knowledge Society Foresight: The EUFORIA Project Synthesis Report. No publisher name.. Publication link: 644de2f7-444d-45e7-9caa-7f27c4341482



  • Loveridge, D., & Ausadamongkol, K. (2001). Foresight in Thailand: the case of the IT industry. Foresight: the journal of futures studies, strategic thinking and policy, 3. . Publication link: 16bb385f-783d-4e6d-9112-200d886613af


  • 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


  • Loveridge, D., & Upham, P. (1998). The Natural Step and Technology Choice. In ERP Conference on “Sustainability and Governability,” Weetwood Hall, Leeds.. Publication link: 0759dbab-900c-4771-9299-2bd8989eafc1


  • Loveridge, D. (1997). Technology Choice: game, set or match? In Managing R&D into the 21st. Century: Theory and Practice: the Tools of the Trade.. Publication link: 7eece71c-5140-494c-a040-c9755ad97001


  • Loveridge, D., Street, P., & Georghiou, L. (1996). Environmental Issues in the UK Technology Foresight Programme. In “Environment, Long-term Governability and Democracy: 21st. Century Prospectives for the Environment,” Abbaye de Fontevraud, France.. Publication link: c336aecc-bfb4-4683-ac37-a02607b8ada7
  • Loveridge, D. (1996). Foresight as an Information Source for Scenario Planning. In IIR Conference on “Scenario Planning,” London.. Publication link: d56a1ebe-511c-4d1c-b764-ecb917df8c41
  • Loveridge, D. (1996). Technology and environmental impact assessment: Methods and synthesis. International Journal of Technology Management, 11(5-6), 539-553. . Publication link: 20889b1e-fa8b-4476-bc25-60fb074311a0
  • Loveridge, D. (1996). Foresight, Technology Assessment and Evaluation: synergy or disjunction? In CEC ASTPP Conference, Amsterdam.. Publication link: a320f5e9-8e18-42c8-a531-5915288bd49d
  • Nedeva, M., Georghiou, L., Loveridge, D., & Cameron, H. (1996). The use of co-nomination to identify expert participants for Technology Foresight. R and D Management, 26(2), 155-168. . Publication link: a43c2a79-41b5-41f0-a4c7-0304cedb8703
  • Dale, A., & Loveridge, D. (1996). Technology assessment - Where is it going?International Journal of Technology Management, 11(5-6), 715-723. . Publication link: 969d632a-9d63-41d0-a726-21624604a776
  • Loveridge, D. (1996). Technology Choice: fitness for purpose, valuation and risk [end of award report to ESRC]. No publisher name.. Publication link: 878b75a1-8ce8-44fb-b11b-201600e3962f
  • Cameron, H., Loveridge, D., Cabrera, J., Castanier, L., Presmanes, B., Vazquez, L., & Van, D. M. B. (1996). Technology Foresight: perspectives for European and international co-operation [report to DGXII, CEC]. No publisher name.. Publication link: 8303729c-b5f3-4382-ad74-d92e4037cb33


  • Loveridge, D., Dale, A., Evans, J. E., & Kastrinos, N. (1995). Definition of the Overall Framework for Development, Dissemination and Teaching of TA Course Modules [report to Interfaces, DGXIII, CEC]. No publisher name.. Publication link: 23e4c74e-d9f2-468e-bce4-4313252de18a
  • Nedeva, M., Loveridge, D., & Georghiou, L. (1995). United Kingdom Technology Foresight Programme Delphi Survey. Office of Science & Technology.. Publication link: f08b784c-15cf-42ab-a5b0-55210f12f164




  • Barker, K., Loveridge, D., & Georghiou, L. (1992). Managing Technology Transfer as Corporate Strategy: licensing technology to Japan. In host publication.. Publication link: b14d8abb-cdd9-4e7e-9cb8-c27fcd3be8ca



  • Loveridge, D., & Whiston, T. G. (1987). Make or Break: the role of product, process and systems life factors in relation to British competitive performance [Science Policy Research Unit report to joint committee of the SERC and ESRC]. University of Sussex.. Publication link: 6815de00-1621-440a-a05a-83a5eb7d131c