Dr Elvira Uyarra

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Position: Senior Lecturer
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Elvira graduated in Economics from The University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 1996. She also holds an MSc in 'Technical Change and Regional Development' from Cardiff University. In 1998, she completed the doctoral training programme at the Department of Applied Economics, at the University of the Basque Country. From 1998 to 2001she work as economist for the Spanish consultancy firm Informacion y Desarrollo. In 2001, for a period of 12 months, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST), within the University of Manchester. In 2004 she completed her PhD in PREST, with the title 'Innovation, Knowledge and Regional Development: implications for innovation policies in less favoured regions'. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learnind and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Manchester.

Research Interests

Her 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.

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  • Uyarra, E., Flanagan, K., Magro, E., & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, J. M. (2017). Anchoring the innovation impacts of public procurement to place: the role of conversations. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy. DOI: 10.1177/2399654417694620. Publication link: 7fb913b4-36d6-4be3-8d8a-5bba33e2e77b


  • Uyarra, E., & Ramlogan, R. (2016). The impact of cluster policy on innovation. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of innovation policy impact. (pp. 196-238). Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 0e855c12-33f5-4fae-b582-aa9385ae3a41
  • Uyarra, E. (2016). 11. The impact of public procurement of innovation. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 355-381). 9781784711849: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: d25c0c05-5937-40f6-84bf-52fcc6b38f1d
  • Flanagan, K., & Uyarra, E. (2016). Revisiting the role of policy in regional innovation systems. In R. Shearmur, C. Carrincazeaux, & D. Doloreux (Eds.), Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation. (pp. 309). Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781784710774. Publication link: b6c2ede0-65fd-4810-845e-b9065bca446b
  • Uyarra, E., Moñux, D., Li, Y., Esteban, A., Rigby, J., Ospina, M. J., & Edler, J. (2016). Spurring Innovation-led Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean through Public Procurement.. Publication link: ba3de443-db5e-473b-8038-ffcb547748e4


  • Edler, J., Georghiou, L., Uyarra, E., Yeow, J., Edquist, C. (Ed.), Vonortas, N. S. (Ed.), ... Edler, J. (Ed.) (2015). The meaning and limitation of public procurement. A supplier's perspective. In Public Procurement for Innovation. (pp. 35-64). (EU-SPRI Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy). Cheltenham; Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. . Publication link: d5a9c974-0cfe-402e-bc55-24c3eb6d55ef
  • Georghiou, L., Edler, J., Uyarra, E., Yeow, J., Edquist, C. (Ed.), Vonortas, N. S. (Ed.), & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, J. M. (Ed.) (2015). The meaning and limitations of public procurement for innovation: a supplier’s experience. In Public Procurement for Innovation. (pp. 35-64). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. . Publication link: c494bad4-1221-4984-bdba-b4bac5b004fe
  • Shapira, P., Uyarra, E., Youtie, J., Cox, D., 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


  • Edler, J., Georghiou, L., Uyarra, E., & Yeow, J. (2014). The meaning and limitations of public procurement for innovation:: a supplier's experience. In C. Edquist, N. S. Vonortas, J. M. Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, & J. Edler (Eds.), Public Procurement for Innovation. (pp. 35-64). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: 10.4337/9781783471898. Publication link: 6c1cea03-cbce-4fc1-844c-47746aa23109
  • Uyarra, E., Edler, J., Gee, S., Georghiou, L., Yeow, J., Lember, V. (Ed.), ... Kalvet, T. (Ed.) (2014). Public procurement for innovation: the UK case. In Public Procurement, Innovation and Policy: International Perspectives. (pp. 233-257). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. . Publication link: 9af3de82-cc70-4c01-8722-f189a090a924
  • Pinto, H., Fernandez-Esquinas, M., & Uyarra, E. (2014). Universities and KIBS as sources of knowledge for innovative firms in peripheral regions’. Regional Studies. . Publication link: 8a4068c5-bdaa-49e6-a0b0-f73e9aa0d747
  • Bleda, M., Uyarra, E., Pinto, H., Cruz, A. R., & Nogueira, C. (2014). Knowledge needs and innovation in the maritime economy. European Commission.. Publication link: 35f19dbf-761e-43d7-a151-a10780e31534
  • Georghiou, L., Uyarra, E., Saliba Scerri, R., Castillo, N., & Cassingena Harper, J. (2014). Adapting smart specialisation to a micro-economy – the case of Malta. European Journal of Innovation Management, 17(4), 428-447. DOI: 10.1108/EJIM-03-2014-0026. Publication link: d249323c-a9a0-412c-ac8f-ae00e468525a
  • Dilaver, O., Uyarra, E., & Bleda, M. (2014). Multilevel analysis of industrial clusters: Actors, intentions and randomness model. In Simulating Knowledge Dynamics in Innovation Networks. (pp. 217-241). (Understanding Complex Systems). Springer-Verlag, London. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-43508-3-10. Publication link: a2d06827-1dda-48cf-97f4-7ccc2faa3a5b


  • Georghiou, L., Edler, J., Uyarra, E., & Yeow, J. (2013). Public procurement as an innovation policy tool: choice, design and assessment. Technological Forecasting and Societal Change. . Publication link: a6d53078-f50f-4ca2-a9e5-deb890e5bf29
  • De Silva, L. R., Uyarra, E., & Oakey, R. (2013). Academic Entrepreneurship in a Resource Constrained Environment: Diversification and Synergistic Effects. In Technology Transfer in a Global Economy.: International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship vol.6.. Publication link: c6458295-0ca4-4167-a8da-139bb6821772
  • Uyarra, E., Flanagan, K., & Cooke, P. (Ed.) (2013). Reframing regional innovation systems: Evolution, complexity and public policy. In Reframing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation & Transition. Routledge. . Publication link: 638a9a29-4864-4dcd-b915-a5cb8dda45fd


  • Uyarra, E., Treumer, S., & Piga, G. (Ed.) (2012). Competitive dialogue and contractual design fostering innovation and need analysis. In The Applied Law and Economics of Public Procurement. Routledge. . Publication link: dfe234d8-ff25-44d7-9e26-55fb43f63574
  • Uyarra, E., Edler, J., Brown, L. (Ed.), & Osborne, S. (Ed.) (2012). Public Procurement of Innovation. In The Handbook of Innovation and Change in Public Sector Services. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 6ed903d0-abee-4093-b0e6-a70ca420b81e
  • Pinto, H., Uyarra, E., & Guerreiro, J. (2012). Diversidades de sistemas de inovação e implicações nas políticas regionais: Comparação das regiões do algarve e da andaluzia. REVISTA PORTUGUESA DE ESTUDOS REGIONAIS, 29(1), 3-14. . Publication link: 3fb63067-7443-4f23-b8fd-050826069a77


  • Gee, S., Yeow, J., & Uyarra, E. (2011). Sustainable innovation through public procurement: The case of ‘closed loop’ recycled paper. In Public Procurement for Innovation. Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 3179df74-9d65-4182-bb6c-10677ba20fb0
  • Uyarra, E. (2011). Regional Innovation Systems Revisited: Networks, Institutions, Policy and Complexity. In The Role of the Regions, Networks, Scale, Territory. (pp. 169-194). Gothenburg: Region Skane. . Publication link: 3b5ebb64-2333-40b9-851c-445bc77f8380


  • Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2010). La relevancia del concepto 'sistema regional de innovación' para la formulación de la política de innovación. Ekonomiaz, (70), 150-169. . Publication link: a1481b5e-64c9-4643-ae26-b90145dd96de
  • Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2010). From regional systems of innovation to regions as innovation policy spaces. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 28(4), 681-695. DOI: 10.1068/c0961. Publication link: bbd808fc-e04d-4391-a80e-7b0969733f0e
  • Eriksson, A., Caniels, M., Cooke, P., Uyarra, E., Sotarauta, M., & Wallin, J. (2010). Regional innovation Policy in Transition: Reflections on the Change Process in the Skåne Region. Stockholm: Vinnova.. Publication link: 31bf3c70-c8d5-4cd3-9250-3f64b52ad97c
  • Uyarra, E., & NESTA (2010). Opportunities for innovation through local government procurement. (Research Reports). London: Nesta.. Publication link: 740690d6-2d37-47e9-802f-b806e067cd99


  • 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
  • Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2009). Understanding the innovation impacts of public procurement. (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working paper; No. 574). Manchester, United Kingdom.. Publication link: 68adec5c-2e42-4e7c-9256-b581738ddc9f
  • Tsipouri, L., Edler, J., Rolstam, M., & Uyarra, E. (2009). Managing risks in public procurement, official summary report for the European Commission, expert group on risk and public procurement. European Commission, DG Research.. Publication link: b0d54ace-1ba3-48b8-8da4-e7e7e889442b
  • Uyarra, E., Howells, J., Tether, B., Rubalcaba, L. (Ed.), & Kox, H. (Ed.) (2009). Innovacion en los servicios a empresas: de la adopcion tecnologica a los cambios multiples, complementarios y simultaneos. In Servicios a empresas y crecimiento economico en Europa. Madrid: Marcial Pons Libreros. . Publication link: c6fd2331-91bc-4dae-9bbf-b4b3923a4ca9
  • Shapira, P., Luger, M., Uyarra, E., & Marzocchi, C. (2009). Innovation for the Manchester City Region: A discussion paper. Manchester.. Publication link: d18d4a6a-8820-4eb6-8685-d7896d93f6f7


  • Edler, J., Georghiou, L., Blind, K., & Uyarra, E. (2008). Monitoring and Evaluation Methodology for the EU Lead Market Initiative: A Concept Development. Report for the Innogrips/Lead Market Initiative. Brussels: DG Enterprise, European Commission.. Publication link: 05166bab-91d5-4f10-80d9-8a3d3bee7e0e
  • Uyarra, E., Weresa, M. (Ed.), & Filho, W. L. (Ed.) (2008). Learning regions?: Reflections on regional innovation strategies illustrated by the Castilla y Le??n region in Spain. In Fostering innovations and transfer of knowledge in regions. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publisher. . Publication link: 567f85a8-5493-49ad-bb17-0af55409a86c
  • Uyarra, E. (2008). What is evolutionary about Regional Systems of Innovation? Implications for regional policy. (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working paper; No. 29). Manchester.. Publication link: 840dec14-29b0-44cf-9e2c-54aba90d2d03
  • Uyarra, E. (2008). The impact of universities on regional innovation: A critique and policy implications. (Manchester Business School Working paper; No. 564). Manchester.. Publication link: 84e7a0b2-8fe6-465b-8b1a-e32974ee5003


  • Uyarra, E., Howells, J., Tether, B., Rubalcaba, L. (Ed.), & Kox, H. (Ed.) (2007). Innovation in Business Services: From Technological Adoption to Multiple, Complementary, Concurrent Changes. In Business services in European economic growth. London: Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: 4265d40b-cbfb-4dcc-8d34-19054769aa31
  • Laranja, M., Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2007). Policies for Science, Technology and Innovation: Translating Rationales into Regional Policies in a Multi-level Setting. (Manchester Business School Working Paper Series; No. 527). Manchester.. Publication link: b7644373-dd2c-40b3-a88b-dabc461f8c45


  • Uyarra, E., Paraskevopoulou, E., Corona, J. M., & Dutrenit, G. (Ed.) (2006). Modelos de ciencia, tecnología e innovación en el contexto internacional. In Diagnóstico de la política científica, tecnológica y de fomento a la innovación en México (2000-2006).. Mexico D.F.: Foro Consultivo Cientifico y Tecnologico. . Publication link: 4cd16e94-9cf5-47c8-9c84-4627b5eebef0


  • Miles, I. D., Cunningham, P. N., Rigby, J., Green, L., & Uyarra, E. (2005). NHS Direct, An Innovation in Social Trust, PUBLIN Report No. D12-3 UK case study WP4. No publisher name.. Publication link: 2a48409b-400a-474a-8cfd-2377e70d0296
  • Cunningham, P. N., Grant-Pearce, C., Green, L., Miles, I. D., Rigby, J., & Uyarra, E. (2005). In Sickness, in Health and in Innovation: NHS DIRECT - a health sector innovation study. In 'Breaking New Ground' - Innovation in the Public Sector International Conference.. Publication link: d8b0373f-b63c-4df1-88fc-c0415ed6ea8f
  • Cunningham, P. N., Grant-Pearce, C., Green, L., Miles, I. D., Rigby, J., & Uyarra, E. (2005). In sickness, in health and in innovation: NHS DIRECT - a health sector innovation study. Administration, 53(3), 42-65. . Publication link: a926d597-d9f1-48d6-835b-0a78e9c348ba
  • Flanagan, K., Uyarra, E., & Laranja, M. (2005). (Old and New) Rationales for Regional Science and Innovation Policy. In Explaining the Policy Mix - PRIME Network of Excellence Workshop, Sevilla, Spain.. Publication link: a79b1fa7-343b-4055-9bf2-0bdd68fa7a6f


  • Metcalfe, S., Ramlogan, R., & Uyarra, E. (2004). Competition, Innovation and development; The instituted connection. Institutions and Economic Development, 1. . Publication link: 27eb3521-ec8a-4fbf-9599-fb92550d0493
  • Uyarra, E. (2004). Regional Profile: r&d policy and the 3% objective in the North West region of England [Report for the ERAWATCH project, prototyping phase, ESTO expert group, IPTS]. No publisher name.. Publication link: 215ac678-40ff-4dd8-8c55-397a83631be6
  • Howells, J., Tether, B., & Uyarra, E. (2004). Innovation in Service: issue at stake and trends [Study for DG Enterprise, Commission of the European Communities]. No publisher name.. Publication link: 85c5123a-4d82-4db3-9197-1c294b1a6e6a
  • Nauwelaers, C., Winjes, R., Cahill, E., Wagner, P., Koschatzky, K., Uyarra, E., & Buchinger, E. (2004). Erawatch Prototyping Phase, ESTO Study No. 2: analysis on the regional dimensions of the 3% Action Plan. No publisher name.. Publication link: 6ffcc656-1e27-48a6-8746-5acc0b16b4da
  • Metcalfe, J. S., Ramlogan, R., & Uyarra, E. (2004). Competition, innovation and economic development: The instituted connection. In Leading Issues in Competition, Regulation and Development|Leading Issues in Competition, Regulation and Development. (pp. 58-91). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. . Publication link: 53cf40f2-329c-4223-8045-b2750a348d1d


  • Uyarra, E., & Cunningham, P. N. (2002). Lifelong Learning - an Overview of National Measures in the EU Member States and Candidate Countries [Thematic Report for the European Commission, Enterprise Directorate. Trend chart on innovation.]. No publisher name.. Publication link: c0faf9b7-787f-4ff2-b363-7b4f06fbccb0
  • Metcalfe, S., Ramlogan, R., & Uyarra, E. (2002). Economic development and the competitive process. (CRC Working Paper Series n.36). Manchester.. Publication link: c203bec5-d6ee-4c2a-b0d3-f0054fed219b
  • Cunningham, P., Malik, K., Uyarra, E., Clifford, J., & de Tauzia, J. (2002). Progress Towards the Objectives Set Out in the European Commission on Innovation in a Knowledge-Driven Economy: thematic report. EC DG Enterprise.. Publication link: 12dfa27a-23e7-450b-9566-82f54530001a
  • Castillo, J., Barroeta, B., & Uyarra, E. (2002). Nuevas Pautas de Intervencion en Materia de Innovacion y Empleo: las estrategias de territoriales de empleo e innovacion. Ciudad y Territorio, XXXII (122). . Publication link: 2611e03a-faee-421c-966c-230959d39f4d