Dr Kieron Flanagan

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Position: Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Kieron is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy at the Alliance Manchester Business School and a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST). He has published conceptual and empirical work on a range of issues in science, technology and innovation policy and has worked with or advised international, national and regional/local policy-makers. He is an active commentator on science, technology and economic development policy and has been quoted in a range of publications. He also comments on science policy issues on Twitter as @kieronflanagan and at the 'Political Science' science policy blog at The Guardian, which he co-edits.

He teaches courses on science and technology policy and science-society issues to Manchester undergraduates (through the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning) and to postgraduates via the Manchester MSc Programme in Science Communication. He also teaches an introductory University-wide undergraduate option introducing the study of technological change and an MSc optional course unit on regional, national and global dimensions of innovation from an innovation and economic development policy perspective.

Research Interests

Kieron has worked on studies of innovation (especially in knowledge intensive and non-technological business or creative service sectors) but most of his work has been in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy.

His work on the funding and management of research has often looked at research infrastructure policy and at research performing organisations such as universities and public research institutes. Other work has focused on policy for/impacts of science, technology and knowledge production activities at the sub-national (regional/city-regional) level. A third strand of work has explored wider issues surrounding the interaction between the policy-making process and science and technology, focusing especially on understanding the institutional channels through which expert scientific and technical advice is offered to and sought by policy-makers.

Current work

His recent conceptual work has focused on the role of role of actors/agency, ideas, expertise and institutions in policy dynamics in the domain of science and innovation policy. Work here has focused on the agency of actors in policy processes and how this is constrained by but also shapes institutional contexts, and on the relationship between influential or fashionable scholarly ideas about systems of innovation or 'demand-led' policies and actual policy thinking and practice.

Reflecting an interest in research performing organizations and in the international dimensions of S&T policies, he has also been working on the international migration/mobility of researchers.

He is also working, with colleagues, on how 'mission' and policy-oriented S&T in Government is responding to various trends and pressures. This builds on previous work on government (public sector) labs and on the institutional channels through which expert advice is offered to, and sought by, policy-makers.

Kieron's research has been funded by national governments, international organisations, UK research councils and NGOs. He has published in a range of journals including Research Policy, Research Evaluation and Science and Public Policy.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Kieron has supervised doctoral students working on a range of S&T policy and innovation studies topics.

His main supervisory interest is in the broad area of science and technology policy, especially where the focus is on the policy-making process or policy dynamics (for example the role of scientists, expertise and evidence in policy making, and more generally how the agency of actors, including policy and institutional entrepreneurs but also policy targets and implementers, affects public policy and its outcomes). He is also interested in critical work on 'foundational' and often taken-for-granted concepts in the area of S&T and innovation policy (for instance the 'systems of innovations' concept).

He is interested in supervising work on sub-national (regional and local) science and innovation policies, especially as they relate to the kinds of dynamics described above.

He is also interested in supervising work on scientific research careers and the international mobility of researchers, and in work on the public communication of science and technology policies (e.g. by journalists and commentators).

Finally, on the innovation studies side he is interested in supervising doctoral research on innovation dynamics in non technology based or creative service sectors.

Programme involvement

Specialist fields




Publication summary




Showing 52 publication(s)


  • 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
  • Flanagan, K., & Wilsdon, J. (2017). Powerhouse of science? Prospects and pitfalls of place-based science and innovation policies in northern England. In C. Berry, & A. Giovanni (Eds.), Developing England's North: The Northern Powerhouse, Devolution and the Political Economy of Place. (Building a Sustainable Recovery: SPERI Research and Policy Series). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18142.23366. Publication link: f95b9c57-859f-4ac4-87f7-2ffdfb935cb8


  • 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


  • Cunningham, P., Edler, J., Flanagan, K., & Laredo, P. (2015). The Innovation Policy Mix. In Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. London: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. . Publication link: a99c683a-acc2-4d63-9751-6bd22e33f174


  • Edler, J., Cunningham, P., Flanagan, K., & Laredo, P. (2013). Innovation policy mix and instrument interaction: a review. (Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy Intervention,). London: NESTA working paper.. Publication link: 0f832ec3-143a-4029-8f99-226f32381ec5


  • Flanagan, K., Uyarra, E., & Cooke, P. (Ed.) (2012). Reframing regional innovation systems: Evolution, complexity and public policy. In Reframing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation & Transition. Routledge. . Publication link: de8a0e98-a495-4a33-960a-0749f54a52ca


  • Edler, J., PATRIES, B. O. E. K. H. O. L. T., Flanagan, K., Gok, A., Shapira, P., & ERIK, A. R. N. O. L. D. (Ed.) (2011). International Co-operation in R&D. (International Audit of Research, Development & Innovation in the Czech Republic). Prag: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.. Publication link: 6e1a6997-2513-435c-a901-c024caa4a809


  • 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
  • Flanagan, K., Uyarra, E., & Laranja, M. (2010). The 'policy mix' for innovation: rethinking innovation policy in a multi-level, multi-actor context. (Manchester Business School Working Paper Series; No. 599). Manchester.. Publication link: ea31808b-d506-46a6-83a5-2f8b1f7da74c
  • Børing, P., Flanagan, K., Kaloudis, A., & Karakasidou, A. (2010). Mobility Survey of the non-university research institutes sector. (Study on mobility patterns and career paths of EU researchers [MORE]). No publisher name.. Publication link: 9af11c1c-d6e8-4350-8c7d-2a599e3d91fa
  • Børing, P., Flanagan, K., Kaloudis, A., & Karakasidou, A. (2010). Mobility Survey of the Higher Education Sector. (Study on mobility patterns and career paths of EU researchers [MORE]). No publisher name.. Publication link: 5cffc844-bac8-4199-bf0e-ced0e4952b36


  • 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
  • Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2009). La relevencia del concepto 'Sistema regional de innvación' para la formulación de la política de innovación. Ekonomiaz, 70(1), 150-169. . Publication link: 18c082d3-ec9c-4cfb-93f7-9533c368779e
  • Edler, J., & Flanagan, K. (2009). Drivers of policies for STI collaboration and indicators. Background Report 1: Key Themes from the Literature. Report to European Commission, DG Research. Manchester and Amsterdam: Technopolis Group, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.. Publication link: 06c4cfdb-df64-4977-b2f6-e6bf5f18e912
  • Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2009). From regional innovation systems to regions as innovation policy spaces. (openloc working paper series; No. 6/2009). Trento, Italy.. Publication link: 3af34c48-96cb-4f86-97a0-1912c326cba5


  • 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
  • Edler, J., Flanagan, K., McMorris, I., Cox, D., Gaynor, L., Mina, A., & Cunningham, P. (2008). A Study on and concept development for Ireland's International Engagement in Science, Technology and Innovation [Report to the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Ireland]. Dublin/Manchester: Genesis Strategic Management Consultants/Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.. Publication link: c2f75a05-87ef-4fcb-9ecc-d14f83563072


  • 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). Manchester.. Publication link: 907fc2e1-cf22-40ee-a615-58105e7da619
  • Laranja, M., Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2007). Translating STI policy rationales into regional policies in a multilevel setting. In host publication.. Publication link: 91844988-f25a-4325-b218-d40b6118b9e3


  • Flanagan, K., Miles, I., & Weber, M. (2006). The social and political ecology of industrial ecology. In Industrial Ecology and Spaces of Innovation. (pp. 272-301). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. . Publication link: cd4a7fdc-0d3d-45ee-8c95-99508ee64551
  • Flanagan, K., Weber, M., Miles, I. D., Green, K. (Ed.), & Randles, S. (Ed.) (2006). Government, social attitudes and politics: the future of manufacturing in Europe. In Industrial Ecology And Spaces Of Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 2e0d80ad-ce2e-44f5-b68b-9ccc689ab07b


  • Flanagan, K., Building, M., & Problem, R. R. C. C. A. P. (2005). Building, Maintaining and Redirecting Research Capacity: Conceptualising a Policy Problem. In Technology Policy and Innovation Value Add Partnering in a Changing World. (pp. 47-50). Łódź: Centrum Innowacji Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego. . Publication link: d2f8b24c-040b-49fe-b511-769262ced4f6
  • 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


  • Popper Villarroel, R., Green, L., Flanagan, K., & Miles, I. D. (2004). Overview of Selected European IST Scenario Reports (from IPTS FISTERA project). No publisher name.. Publication link: defaa82a-0c01-42d2-855b-9c28706728a9
  • Flanagan, K., Cunningham, P., Butter, M., Ashford, R., Douglas, I., Tukker, A., ... Kuijper, M. (2004). Exploring Future Science Needs for DEFRA: part of the science forward look 2004-2013. (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). PREST, University of Manchester ISBN 0 946007 17 9.. Publication link: 298e705b-1e61-4d0c-87cf-0841c7cfec92


  • Georghiou, L., Cox, D., Keenan, M. P., Flanagan, K., & Barker, K. E. (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
  • Flanagan, K., Leitner, K. H., Malik, K., Green, L., Dachs, B., Wagner, P., ... Miles, I. (2003). The Future of Manufacturing in Europe 2015-2020 - the challenge for sustainability: industrial approaches. (European Commission). PREST, University of Manchester ISBN 0 946007 10 1.. Publication link: 373a6afe-85a9-4260-9821-08ddbf55c35c
  • Flanagan, K., Malik, K., Georghiou, L., & Halfpenny, P. (2003). Chasing the Leading Edge: from research infrastructure policy to policy for infrastructure-intensive research. In ASEAT Conference - Knowledge and Economic and Social Change: new challenges to innovation studies.. Publication link: 46322065-f9d8-40aa-ba09-f9a9dfb7318b
  • Glynn, S. M., Cunningham, P. N., & Flanagan, K. (2003). Typifying Scientific Advisory Structures and Scientific Advice Production Methodologies (TSAS). (European Commission). PREST, University of Manchester ISBN 0 946007 18 7.. Publication link: b708c191-de99-486e-b8d8-c2be839000bf
  • Miles, I., Flanagan, K., Malik, K., Swann, G. M., Tether, B., & Green, L. (2003). Knowing How, Knowing Whom: a study of the links between the knowledge intensive services sector and the science base [Report to the Council for Science and Technology]. Manchester, UK: Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.. Publication link: acb17357-b18f-4402-88ce-74c4c25d1b53


  • Flanagan, K., Malik, K., Halfpenny, P., & Georghiou, L. (2002). A Comparative Study of the Purchase, Management and Use of Large-scale Research Equipment in the UK and US Universities (report for Evidence Ltd on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England). No publisher name.. Publication link: 348dbf10-4379-40dd-b1bf-6c5f34e40a50
  • Stroyan, J., Flanagan, K., Visser, M., Thuriaux, B., Arnold, E., Boden, M., ... Raan, A. V. (2002). Baseline Assessment of the Public Research System in Ireland in the areas of Biotechnology and Information and Communication Technologies. Dublin, Ireland: Forfas.. Publication link: c9e137d1-e932-407a-acee-ce8e8e2751ca


  • Glynn, S., Flanagan, K., & Keenan, M. (2001). Science and Governance: describing and typifying the scientific advice structure in the policy-making process - a multi-national study. Seville, Spain: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, DG-JRC, European Commission.. Publication link: fc41f629-5d83-41ec-aaa4-340cafe1e16d
  • Georghiou, L., Halfpenny, P., & Flanagan, K. (2001). Benchmarking the provision of scientific equipment. In Science and Public Policy|Sci. Public Policy. (Vol. 28, pp. 303-311). Publication link: fef3d44b-8b70-4175-9164-e8cd93548617
  • Keenan, M., Glynn, S. M., & Flanagan, K. (2001). The Uses and Limitations of Classifying Scientific Advice Arrangements. ESTO Report. . Publication link: 72fc069c-8c5f-4d55-8c3d-d5a41a1e48ad


  • 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
  • Miles, I., Flanagan, K., & Paul, W. (2000). Web Services: knowledge of the new. In host publication. Aldershot: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: e79cb0cc-2262-4f9d-aa65-99f97ded6582
  • Flanagan, K., Georghiou, L., Halfpenny, P., Evans, J., & Croasdale, P. (2000). Research Equipment Needs in UK Universities: a Snapshot Study. Manchester: PREST (Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology).. Publication link: e82723e9-5866-4343-943f-4e986ffdabcb


  • Flanagan, K. (1999). The Multimedia Melting Pot: From Moulding Products to Shaping Frameworks. In host publication. Luxembourg: European Commission Publication. . Publication link: 246c8b70-a89e-41b1-9e3c-5ff776ea3b99


  • Keenan, M. P., Flanagan, K., & Cunningham, P. N. (Ed.) (1998). Trends in UK Science Policy. In Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. UK: Cartermill. . Publication link: f2fb7021-a8e4-481b-b29b-b1bf75bd00da


  • Flanagan, K., & Windrum, P. (1997). Recent Trends and Patterns of Innovation in UK Web Publishing and Design. In host publication. PREST. . Publication link: caebac55-52fb-43e1-b81a-8b8fde4946c8
  • Flanagan, K., & Windrum, P. (1997). Recent Trends and Patterns of Innovation in UK Web Publishing and Design. (SI4S Project). Manchester, UK: PREST, University of Manchester.. Publication link: 11038143-7fef-4c3e-be12-2d03b3e4c00d


  • Miles, I., Kastrinos, N., Bilderbeek, R., Hertog, P. D., Flanagan, K., Huntink, W., & Bouman, M. (1995). Knowledge-intensive business services: users, carriers and sources of innovation. (European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS) Reports). Brussels, Belgium: European Commission.. Publication link: 0900ec77-e3f7-4760-be7d-9e9c1d00a4d4