Dr Mercedes Bleda

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Position: Lecturer
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Mercedes Bleda is a lecturer in Economics and Strategy at MBS. She has a first degree in economics (University of Murcia, Spain), an MPhil in dynamic economics (Dept. of Quantitative Methods, University of Murcia, Spain), and a PhD in economics from CRIC (ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition Centre) at the University of Manchester in the UK. Her doctoral research centred on the analysis of how evolutionary explanations of socio economic change in general can benefit, conceptually and formally, from the adoption of a complexity perspective. Before completing her PhD in the UK, Mercedes was a lecturer in the department of quantitative economics at the University of Murcia in Spain where she gained valuable experience as a teacher of mathematical economics, and as a researcher in the area of dynamical systems and economic modelling in general. Afterwards she joint the Centre for Research on Organisations, Management and Technical Change (CROMTEC) where she was involved on research projects funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Science in Society Programme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Since 2005 she has been working at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on a variety of projects with a focus on innovation and environmental policy issues.

Research Interests

Her research interests centre mainly in the areas of evolutionary economics and complexity theory, simulation modelling techniques, and environmental and innovation policy. She has been a researcher in several projects in these areas for the ERSC and the EPSRC, the European Commission, and other institutions at the national and and local levels, both in the UK and Spain.

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  • Popper, R., Velasco, G., Bleda, M., Amanatidou, E., Ravetz, J., Kozarev, V., & Chonkova, B. (2016). Sustainable Innovation Conceptual Framework. European Commission.. Publication link: 52ed3d26-2028-405d-ba93-9bd58402ba0a


  • Bleda, M., Dilaveran, O., & Uyarra, E. (2014). Multilevel Analysis of Industrial Clusters: Actors, Intentions and Randomness (AIR) Model. In Simulating the Knowledge Dynamics of Innovation Networks.. Publication link: 9e737259-77be-4f8a-b694-6fff76293f6b
  • 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
  • Bleda, M. (2014). Book Review Simulating Innovation: Computer-Based Tools for Rethinking Innovation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 17(3), [7]. . Publication link: bcfe7bd5-4132-4234-bb1e-60f45617bf50
  • 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


  • Bleda, M., & Del Rio, P. (2013). Theoretical Approaches to Dynamic Efficiency in Policy Contexts: The Case of Renewable Electricity. In Dynamics of Environmental and Economic Systems: Innovation, Environmental Policy and Competitiveness... Publication link: 9b28e77c-b6b1-485d-9ad1-00c989458325


  • Jones, B., Popper Villarroel, R., & Bleda, M. (2012). Mapping Health and Social Care Workforce Shapers. (CFWO Horizon Scanning). Manchester: Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CFWI).. Publication link: eb7093a1-29ba-4600-9aea-5827cfc9424d
  • Bleda, M., Morrison, K., & Rigby, J. (2012). The Role and Importance of Gazelles and Other Growth Firms for Innovation and Competitiveness. In Innovation Policy Challenges for the 21st Century.. Publication link: eda20c0e-554f-40b6-874e-4ebeef159587
  • Bleda, M., & Shackley, S. (2012). Simulation modelling as a theory building tool: The formation of risk perceptions. JASSS, 15(2). . Publication link: 37fb08c4-0dd2-461c-b8d0-ee42be85cc18
  • Bleda, M., & Del Rio, P. (2012). The market failure and the systemic failure rationales in Technological Innovation Systems (TIS). (Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), CCHS-CSIC). Madrid, Spain.. Publication link: 2606b488-3765-4642-a1c2-a6bf7ffd7194


  • Cruz-Castro, L., Bleda, M., Derrick, G., Jonkers, K., Martinez, C., & Sanz-Menendez, L. (2011). Public Sector Research Funding. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).. Publication link: 0121b39f-5754-435e-8287-ebc237a49c5e
  • Bleda, M., Del Rio, P., Carillo, J., & Konnola, T. (2011). Business strategies, resources and capabilities for eco-innovation. (Instituto de Empresa Business School Working Papers. Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School. Madrid, Spain; No. No. EC8-124-I).. Publication link: 8219ff44-14d4-4a2c-841e-72581b0473e9
  • Sanz-Menendez, L., Cruz-Castro, L., Jonkers, K., Derrick, G., Bleda, M., & Martinez, C. (2011). Public research Organisations. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).. Publication link: b683ea76-879a-4d03-af01-c01f1eba6634


  • Rigby, J., & Bleda, M. (2010). Evaluation of the economic impact of High Growth Innovation Programme. UK: North London City Growth.. Publication link: 6b2dedc4-eeaf-4f05-a84e-f24dffe67c00


  • Upham, P., & Bleda, M. (2009). Carbon Labelling: Public Perceptions of the Debate. Manchester: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.. Publication link: f68a9f29-92d0-40c0-b542-4d501857cf3c
  • Miles, N., Wilkinson, C., Edler, J., Bleda, M., Simmonds, P., & Clark, P. (2009). The Wider Conditions for Innovation in the UK: How the UK compares to leading innovation nations. UK: 2009) The Wider Conditions for Innovation in the UK: How the UK compares to leading innovation nations. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. NESTA.. Publication link: 1cbbfa4f-1b8c-4c7c-9638-a610d7beb3a2



  • Bows, A., Mander, S., Starkey, R., Bleda, M., & Anderson, K. (2007). Living within a carbon budget. (Friends of the Earth and Cooperative Bank Partnership). Tyndall Centre Manchester.. Publication link: 51a04c6c-5ba2-412d-a282-02bfe14c753f
  • Rigby, J., Bleda, M., Morrison, K., & Kim, J-S. (2007). Are Gazelles leaping ahead? Innovation and rapidly growing small firms. (Workshop paper produced for Pro Inno Europe InnoViews workshop, European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry). No publisher name.. Publication link: 2e94d2b8-ca38-473d-8602-667f118a645a
  • Foster, C., Green, K., Bleda, M., Dewick, P., Evans, B., Flynn, A., & Mylan, J. (2007). The environmental impacts of food production and consumption. (DEFRA). London: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.. Publication link: c754b777-8309-4763-a3d7-1e9bfe9cc36c


  • Bleda, M., & Shackley, S. (2005). Modelling the dynamics of belief in climate change of business organisations. (Tyndall Centre for Climate Research Working papers series; No. 68).. Publication link: 3f929979-94b2-488c-b44f-d341ec06ba96
  • Rigby, J., Dewick, P., & Bleda, M. (2005). An Enquiry into the Economics of Research, Development and Innovation Funding in the UK Construction Industry. (Report for the New Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel (nCRISP)). No publisher name.. Publication link: 655ffed3-8a3f-4c7f-b3d9-f28fead7d41a


  • Shackley, S., Bleda, M., & Bray, D. (2004). Developing Discourse Coalitions to Incorporate Stakeholder Perceptions and Responses. (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research). Technical Report n 19.. Publication link: a93b07a3-64eb-471f-9ca0-39b09fac6a41
  • Shackley, S., Bray, D., & Bleda, M. (2004). Developing discourse coalitions to incorporate stakeholder perceptions and responses within the Tyndall Integrated Assessment. Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.. Publication link: f450441e-0f3f-48f0-9f0e-cf296520b8e1
  • Shackley, S., & Bleda, M. (2004). Simulation Modelling of Contentious Scientific Knowledge Claims in Society. Descriptions and Applications of the COWCULT Model. the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).. Publication link: 6f9fbcac-9551-4123-be90-b4ad3503de16


  • Bleda, M. (2002). Deterministic Chaotic Models in Economics. (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Murcia, Spain.; No. WP 23/DT7).. Publication link: 05cec7b3-a230-4221-94cb-7b3bfb494f39