Dr Paul Dewick

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Position: Lecturer
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Paul Dewick is an economist and a Lecturer at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. Paul's research explores the role of innovation in reducing environmental and social burdens. He is currently a co-investigator on a project funded by the Humanities Strategic Investment Fund, exploring Eco-system Development from Infrastructure Investment.
Paul aims to deliver high quality, interactive, intellectually stimulating teaching. He was awarded The University of Manchester Distinguished Achievement Award Teacher of the Year in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to innovation in teaching and excellence in education. He was MBS Academic of the Year for undergraduate programmes in 2011. He is a member of the MBS Teaching Academy and an alumnus of the International Teachers Programme, which he attended at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 2010.
Paul is currently on sabbatical. In addition to the Ecosystem Development from Infrastructure Investment research project, he is pursuing his interest in innovative teaching and learning approaches. In a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account, Paul is developing and feasibility testing a gamified ‘app’ for transformative learning to prevent slips, trips and falls among the over 65s.

Research Interests

Paul's research explores the role of innovation in reducing environmental and social burdens. He explores both technological and non-technological (e.g. organisational, institutional) change and has focused on the built environment and food systems. Whilst on sabbatical in 2016-2017, he will explore ecosystem development from infrastructure investment in the UK. This project builds on over £900k of externally funded research. Evidence of research esteem include external invitations to review funding applications for the Scottish Executive (2015) and ESRC (2013), to be a member of the Scottish Executive’s Review College (2010), to be a member of the Scientific Committee for the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption’s international conference (2014) and to co-edit a special edition of Journal of Cleaner Production (2014).
More recently, a new research trajectory has emerged out of Paul’s teaching interests and social responsibility work. During his sabbatical, Paul is Principal Investigator on a project funded by the ESRC IAA, which aims to develop and feasibility test a gamified ‘app’ for transformative learning to prevent slips, trips and falls among the over 65s. Paul will introduce the project and discuss work in progress at the Games for Health conference in October 2016.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Paul welcomes PhD applications from students interested in exploring the role of innovation in reducing environmental and social burdens. He has supervised three PhD researchers to completion. Most recently, in 2016, Oliver Laasch completed his thesis exploring business model change through embedding corporate responsibility-sustainability: logics, devices and actor networks. Oliver is now an Assistant Professor in Strategy at the University of Nottingham Business School Ningbo campus, China. In 2014, Leonie Dendler completed her thesis exploring the effectiveness of sustainability meta-labelling. Leonie is working currently at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.
Yu Chia Ko will complete his PhD in 2017, investigating the role of government in facilitating the adoption and diffusion of carbon capture and storage technologies in the UK. Nichola Hutson will also submit in 2017 exploring the role of industry trade associations in stimulating eco-innovation in the coatings industry.
Paul is also supervising two PhD researchers who started in 2015: Isabelle Velasquez who is exploring corporate financial performance and corporate sustainability performance, and Jose Pineda who is studying the informal economy, institutional change and endogenous economic development. Both Isabelle and Jose are on track to complete their theses in 2018.

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Teaching interests

Paul is committed to providing high quality, research led teaching using innovative techniques to improve the learning experience of students. Paul’s teaching ethos revolves around creating interaction in the classroom and he aims to provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging learning environment for students. Recognition of Paul’s outstanding contribution to teaching include:
•The University of Manchester Distinguished Achievement Award Teacher of the Year 2015
•MBS Academic of the Year for UG Programmes in 2011
•'Excellent' teaching in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as measured by the student satisfaction survey
Beyond the University, in 2016, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) ‘Innovations that inspire’ highlighted Paul’s interactive teaching approach for challenging the status quo and making an impact on pedagogy within and beyond the University. In 2015 he was invited to present his teaching approach at Vlerick Business School and at an Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop. Paul is also an Alumnus of the International Teachers Programme (ITP), which he attended at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 2010 (see http://www.itp-schools.com/).
Paul is currently Principal Investigator on a project funded by the ESRC IAA, which aims to develop and feasibility test a gamified ‘app’ for transformative learning to prevent slips, trips and falls among the over 65s. Paul will present work in progress at the Games for Health conference in October 2016.
Previously Paul has received grants from The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Life Sciences, Higher Education Investment Fund, Business in the Community Partnership, Sutton-Goldman Trust and Centre for Excellence in Enquiry Based Learning to support the development of innovative teaching tools and techniques in the context of environmental and social goals. For example, in 2015, he designed and delivered a 'Reinventing Manufacturing Challenge' workshop with Levenshulme and Whalley Range High Schools (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3lkBGJ7_Rw). In 2014 he designed and delivered a workshop based on participatory learning through ‘gamification’ at the University of Manchester’s ‘Sustainable World Event’ (see http://ecoactiongames.org.uk/live/wp-content/uploads/Eco-Action-Games-Report-Games-centric-approach-to-changing-student-behaviours.pdf). Further outputs from these grants can be found in the ‘Publications’ tab.

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  • Dewick, P., & Owen, P. (2015). How effective is a games-centric approach in changing student eco behaviours? Research Evaluation Report 2015. No publisher name.. Publication link: 42b3e263-a5b7-4397-90a4-4cec13e882c4
  • Dendler, L., & Dewick, P. (2015). Institutional entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption and production: national processors and institutional change in China’s dairy industry. In host publication.. Publication link: 456dad9b-6a85-4e95-b047-c29b299a674e
  • Dewick, P. (2015). Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand: Creating interaction in the classroom and beyond. I4S Workshop, Vlerick Business School, June 2015, Vlerick Business School, .. Publication link: 987f37f4-67c9-4483-89fe-e1133146fb7f
  • Dendler, L., & Dewick, P. (2015). Powerful alliances and institutional change: Sustainable consumption and production in China’s dairy industry. Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada, .. Publication link: 6042c86f-becc-4628-be36-2cc7a5d7e284


  • Dewick, P., & Dendler, L. (2014). Institutionalisation of organic labelling in the People’s Republic of China. In host publication.. Publication link: 7813578a-02b0-4ce5-b7e5-77ad0269f01c
  • Dendler, L., & Dewick, P. (2014). Institutional entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption and production: national processors and institutional change in China’s dairy industry. In host publication.. Publication link: 423360e3-c79e-4887-bf76-f409f99bed57
  • Dewick, P., & Aylen, J. (2014). Sustainable innovation management: Ten lessons from innovation studies for a sustainable paradigm. In United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook. (2014 ed., pp. 30-32). Germany: United Nations Global Compact Office. . Publication link: 3c428d45-e3e5-4f23-8e08-a77a8ff93d6c
  • Dendler, L., Dewick, P., & Chen, S. (2014). Focal organisations and sustainable consumption and production systems: Institutional entrepreneurship in China’s dairy industry. In host publication.. Publication link: 0308b16c-2cce-4837-a523-317e4dc57f7c
  • Dewick, P. (2014). Participatory learning through gamification: Reflections on the University Grand Challenge Pilot. University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities Teaching and Learning Showcase, Manchester, .. Publication link: 17638bc4-03d1-4dff-b68b-fc8774d58929



  • Dewick, P., Hernandez, I., Fonseca, M. (Ed.), & Pyka, A. (Ed.) (2011). Social entrepreneurship for the generation of networking capabilities. In Catching Up, Spillovers and Innovation Networks in a Schumpeterian Perspective. Berlin: Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-15886-5_10. Publication link: 7017cf31-87f8-4a03-bd4b-eee031921975
  • Dewick, P., & Mylan, J. (2011). Focal organisations: stimulating eco-innovation within production and distribution systems. In host publication.. Publication link: 889695aa-b7a1-493d-96d5-b27cc85abe52
  • Dewick, P., & Foster, C. (2011). Eco-innovation and focal actors in the milk production and distribution system. In host publication.. Publication link: 301cb1a9-5d66-4a1d-96d2-1901fc945bc3
  • Rigby, J., Dewick, P., Courtney, R., & Gee, S. (2011). The Limits of Information? A Game Theoretic Contribution to Understanding the Development of an Indicators Policy for the UK Construction Industry.. Publication link: 9ee01dab-cfae-42be-9a5f-232ca5df9efc
  • Dewick, P. (2011). Demand-led innovation for Sustainable Consumption. EPSRC workshop on reducing energy in food supply chains, University of Loughborough Business School, .. Publication link: a517d7ce-8568-46ce-b3e0-57117f7d8880


  • Dewick, P., & Foster, C. (2010). Accelerating and redirecting environmental innovation in milk production and consumption. In host publication.. Publication link: aec6dcce-6de4-4022-8298-39a092d505c9
  • Dewick, P., Foster, C., Webster, S., & Tischner, U. (Ed.) (2010). Facilitating a more sustainable food and farming sector in the UK. In System Innovation for Sustainability 3: Case Studies in Sustainable Consumption and Production – Food and Agriculture. Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing. . Publication link: f814b428-1672-4866-866d-dceac86a4c3c


  • Dewick, P. (2009). Innovative ways to teach innovation: Introducing enquiry based learning to MBS UG teaching. In CEEBL Review of Small Projects 2007/08. Manchester: Centre for Excellence in Enquiry-Based Learning. . Publication link: a644c06e-c369-424c-a5f5-2ab248b19924
  • Dewick, P., & Paraskevopoulou, E. (2009). Innovative ways to teach innovation studies. In Innovation Projects in Education and Research.. Publication link: 369d7f00-84f3-4065-8515-35f5ed58d655


  • Dewick, P., & Peitekeinen, A. (2008). Integrating sustainability into new product development. In Future Products, Technologies and Industries’ 13th International Conference.. Publication link: cab54156-9aa5-4fe1-8625-0e718b3d480e
  • Courtney, R., Dewick, P., Gee, S., & Rigby, J. (2008). Review of Construction Key Performance Indicators. Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: No publisher name.. Publication link: 9c3d2ea1-9390-4078-a994-eac7a598fe43
  • Foster, C., Audsley, E., Williams, A., Webster, S., Dewick, P., & Green, K. (2008). The environmental, social and economic impacts associated with liquid milk consumption in the UK and its production. (DEFRA). London: DEFRA.. Publication link: 33fa92c5-e5bc-445b-baa3-e6d371fc5ad6
  • Dewick, P., & Peitekeinen, A. (2008). Sustainability and new product development. In International Association for Management of Technology EuroMOT Conference, CERAM Business School, Nice, France.. Publication link: 8de70c37-44fb-46b0-9b2a-7be6f5caf7a4


  • Dewick, P., Foster, C., & Green, K. (2007). Technological change and the environmental impacts of food production and consumption: The case of the UK yogurt industry. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 11(3), 133-146. DOI: 10.1162/jiec.2007.1241. Publication link: 5814672e-0001-4370-9929-82c7cac9b17c
  • Köhler, J., Barker, T., Pan, H., Agnolucci, P., Ekins, P., Foxon, T., ... Green, K. (2007). New lessons for technology policy and climate change: Investment for innovation. Climate Policy, 7(2), 156-161. . Publication link: 3a61ca08-b617-4154-803f-cb2eb71fdbc2
  • Dewick, P., & Foster, C. (2007). Improving the public understanding of sustainable consumption of food. (DEFRA). No publisher name.. Publication link: 4a038952-78c0-410a-8b1d-f682ceef4ddf
  • 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
  • Dewick, P., & Foster, C. (2007). Transition in the UK dairy industry: a more sustainable alternative? In Cases in Sustainable Consumption and Production: Workshop of the Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE!) Network.. Publication link: f212741b-2b11-4c59-a4d2-e608a1982a9d


  • Dewick, P., & Miozzo, M. (2006). Sustainable technologies and the construction industry: An international assessment of regulation, governance and firm networks. In S. Randles, & K. Green (Eds.), Industrial Ecology and Spaces of Innovation. (pp. 153-174). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. . Publication link: 683645b0-8a33-4019-8c9e-c59fcf16dbf0


  • Dewick, P., Green, K., & Foster, C. (2005). Going to Pot? Factors Inhibiting and Facilitating the Adoption of Sustainable Technologies in the Yoghurt Industry. In ISIC Conference, Stockholm.. Publication link: d7e4f138-ed99-48ae-ac87-f77ba8f0cc02
  • Green, K., Miozzo, M., & Dewick, P. (Eds.) (2005). Technology, knowledge and the firm: Implications for strategy and industrial change. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. Publication link: c8b425b4-2a72-4aac-873b-59c52457c2d2
  • Hernandez, I., & Dewick, P. (2005). An Institutional Approach to Evolutionary Growth Modelling. In Globelics Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, October.. Publication link: 73b0ff05-1922-4001-b410-4d69d8f7476c
  • 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


  • Miozzo, M., & Dewick, P. (2004). Innovation and Networks: benefits from inter-firm co-operation in a fragmented industry. International Journal of Technology Management, 27 (1). . Publication link: bca41ff8-f30e-43c4-bdbd-21f2b0926b2b


  • Hernandez, I., & Dewick, P. (2003). Structural change and the nature of innovative activity: Legal form and firm performance. Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 5(2/3), 258-270. . Publication link: 2057aebf-c312-463f-bc97-4960d20c93a9
  • Miozzo, M., Dewick, P., & Green, K. (2003). Globalisation and the environment: the long-term effects of technology on the international division of labour and energy demand. In International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network.. Publication link: 1c4978f0-f86b-4b8e-b3b2-487c8e229f5b