Dr Fumi Kitagawa

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Position: Lecturer in Enterprise Studies
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


I joined Manchester Business School in February 2011. I am a member of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). My areas of research interest include: innovation policy, academic entrepreneurship, university-industry relationships, regional innovation systems, and industry engagement in research training.

Prior to joining MBS, I worked in research at European University Institute in Italy; and University of Bristol in the UK. I also worked as Assistant professor at CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy) at Lund University in Sweden. Prior to that, I worked at the government research institute in Japan, focusing on higher education policy. I was involved in the OECD project studying regional contribution of higher education in South Korea and Canada.

I have PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham in England.

Kitagawa, Fumi (2004) Universities and Regional Advantage in the Knowledge Economy: Markets, Governance and Networks as Developing in English Regions. Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham. http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/46/

Research Interests

My areas of research interest include:

  • innovation policy, university-industry relationships;
  • the role of higher education in innovation systems and competence building;
  • multi-level governance and regionalisation of science and innovation;
  • industry engagement in reesarch training.

Currently funded projects include:

2011-2012 ESRC Seminar Series “New Institutional Imperatives: Contemporary
Universities and Third Mission” (2011-2012, Co-applicant with Dr. Vorley, University of Sheffield)


2011-2012 Incentivising Knowledge Exchange. A comparison of vision, strategies, policy and practice in English and Scottish Higher Education
SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) – Research Grant, Principal Investigator
(with Dr Claire Lightowler (IRISS) as Co Investigator).

Programme involvement

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  • Kitagawa, F. (2014). Collaborative Doctorates: Employer engagement and Skills for Innovation. Higher Education Quarterly, 68(3), 328-347. . Publication link: 99a1872e-b501-4bb5-94b1-45ec9080d172


  • Kitagawa, F., Goodman, R. (Ed.), Kariya, T. (Ed.), & Taylor, J. (Ed.) (2013). Universities, the state and geography: Perspectives from the UK and Japan. In The Changing Relationship between the State and Higher Education: Oxford Studies in Comparative Education Series. Symposiums Books. . Publication link: 0e06f0dd-9017-4106-9945-12cf4ff6a223
  • Kitagawa, F., & Cooke, P. (Ed.) (2013). The evolution and transition of UK governance institutions. In Re-framing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation and Transition. (pp. 341-358). Routledge. . Publication link: 0f03de6d-e71a-45fe-91f8-f7433a3d11be
  • Cooke, P., & Kitagawa, F. (2013). From state to market via corruption: Universities in an era of privatization: universities in an era of privatization. In Leadership and Cooperation in Academia: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management|Leadership and Cooperation in Academia: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management. (pp. 70-87). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: 10.4337/9781781001813.00013. Publication link: 728af839-a2c9-476d-81d8-fa682c6c591e


  • Kitagawa, F., Powers, B. (Ed.), & John, E. P. S. (Ed.) (2012). Innovation Policy, Regional Convergence and Institutional Diversification:: A Comparative View on Higher Education Systems and Innovation in East Asia. In Higher education, commercialization, and university-business. (In Press ed.). New York: AMS Press. . Publication link: 0772edf4-4a72-40c6-8e72-97c0d188936f
  • Kitagawa, F., Krishna, V. V. (Ed.), & Ramakrishna, S. (Ed.) (2012). Universities Impacting Regional Innovation and Development in Japan: Linking Excellence and Relevance. In Impacting Society and Economy: Role of Universities in Asia-Pacific. (In Press ed.). Singapore: National University of Singapore Press. . Publication link: 2a732c8d-3a5b-44db-87a7-ac31732e656f
  • Kitagawa, F., & Lightowler, C. (2012). Incentivising Knowledge Exchange: A comparison of vision, strategies, policy and practice in English and Scottish Higher Education. http://www.srhe.ac.uk/downloads/FK_CL_10%20September2012reportfinal.pdf.. Publication link: a3755d33-464d-4f3e-b34e-9c75935c4f6e
  • Kitagawa, F., & Cooke, P. (Ed.) (2012). City-regions, Innovation and Universities:: the Evolution and Transition of the UK Urban Governance Institutions. In Reframing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovaiton and Transition. New York: Routledge. . Publication link: 8c70e0c9-c306-42cb-b11f-1dfc3c16e05e


  • Kitagawa, F., & Temple, P. (Ed.) (2011). Universities and Spatiality in Regional Knowledge Economies. In Universities in the Knowledge Economies: Higher Education Organisation and Global Change. New York: Routledge. . Publication link: dd32eec0-d3ec-4f28-bac6-f9357ae38bd0
  • Kitagawa, F., & Urayya, E. (2011). Convergence and Divergence for Sustainable Regional Growth - Regional Innovation and Higher Education in the UK Government Policy Trajectories 1997-2011. In host publication.. Publication link: e47c5d6a-c511-453b-acca-9fcd3cc8e58c
  • Kitagawa, F. (2011). Industrial Doctorates - Employer Engagement in Research and Skills Formation. (ESRC LLAKES Centre Research Paper; No. 27). London.. Publication link: bebbf312-4c12-412a-9691-95f385919c9c
  • Kitagawa, F., & Lightowler, C. (2011). Incentivising Knowledge Exchange: A comparison of vision, strategies, policy and practice in English and Scottish Higher Education. In host publication.. Publication link: 6e578850-8694-403e-901c-0150023a3d77
  • Kitagawa, F., & Robertson, S. (2011). University Incubators and Knowledge Mediation Strategies: Policy and Practice in Creating Competitive City-Regions. (LLAKEs Research Paper; No. 27). Institute of Education, University of London.. Publication link: 228f3d46-3de8-4e92-b6c0-c3afe4585e68
  • Kitagawa, F., Shepperd, L., & Styles, J. (2011). Entrepreneurial capital and entrepreneurship as a career process: case studies of graduates from University of Manchester. In host publication.. Publication link: 0b85f5f4-ad8d-43ef-bb88-b7698a63e62e
  • Kitagawa, F. (2011). City-regions, Innovation and Universities: the Evolution and Transition of the UK Urban Governance Institutions. In host publication.. Publication link: 0089418e-c270-411a-ba39-ca1e5c7a6197


  • Kitagawa, F., & Wigren, C. (2010). Fostering Innovation from Basic Research: Entrepreneurial Intermediaries for Research Commercialization at Swedish ‘Strong Research Environments'. (CIRCLE Working Paper; No. 2010, 2).. Publication link: c111dd7e-62dc-4d85-90c5-57b8dd94d717


  • Kitagawa, F. (2009). Book Review on Cooke, P., et al (2007) Regional Knowledge Economies: Markets, Clusters and Innovation. In Economic Geography. Progress in Human Geography, 33, 565. . Publication link: 20536880-1b96-4fc0-967b-d233eff64131
  • Kitagawa, F., & Huggins, R. (2009). Devolution and Knowledge Transfer from Universities: (ESRC Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies Initiative).. Publication link: 5dbd5d25-29c7-49c9-ac61-53bb542c7698
  • Kitagawa, F. (2009). Evolution of Research Alliances and Clustering in East Asia: Implications for the Multi-Scalar Governance of Science and Innovation. (IMIT Working paper). http://www.imit.se/pdf/reports/2009_210.pdf.. Publication link: a4163b22-9f87-45ec-a072-6416e0d298ba


  • Kitagawa, F. (2008). Book Review on Hardin, A et al. (eds.) (2007) Bright Satanic Mills: Universities, Regional Development and the Knowledge Economy. Studies in the Education of Adults, 40(1), 129-130. . Publication link: 57fdc6e8-7523-4fa4-8dd2-25b45e34951c
  • Kitagawa, F., Palfreyman, D. (Ed.), & Tapper, T. (Ed.) (2008). (Post-) Mass Higher Education and Japanese Elite Universities. In Structuring Mass Higher Education: The Role of Elite Institutions. (pp. 257-280). New York: Routledge. . Publication link: 7c89f2a3-1c8a-42cd-a89b-5912bc499b19
  • Kitagawa, F. (2008). Policy Reforms, New University-Industry Links and Implications for Regional Development in Japan. (CIRCLE Working Paper).. Publication link: 496ac10b-5261-4f22-901e-0abcfa4e659d


  • Kitagawa, F., Turpin, P. (Ed.), & Krishna, K. (Ed.) (2007). New S&T Policies and Re-positioning of Universities in the Changing National Innovation System: The Case of Japan. In Technology Policies and the Diffusion of Knowledge in the Asia and Pacific Economies. (pp. 70-97). Edward Elgar. . Publication link: c59b61c1-0fe4-4de1-97e5-b07b0ccf15ce



  • Kitagawa, F., Cooke, P. (Ed.), & Piccaluga, A. (Ed.) (2004). Industry-science relationships as enhancing regional knowledge economies: a comparative perspective from Japan and the UK. In Regional economies as knowledge laboratories. Edward Elgar Publishing. . Publication link: 588355fc-f4a1-4a56-bbeb-7d44db098007