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Science and Industrial Dynamics in Scotland

Omidvar, Omid; Tait, Joyce and Wield, David (2014). Science and Industrial Dynamics in Scotland. Innogen Working Paper No. 110, Edinburgh.

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This paper is intended to understand the evolution of the Scottish science and innovation systems before the Scottish independence referendum of September 2014. Scotland traditionally has a strong science base, and world-leading universities driving the development of science, together with a diverse range of associated research institutes, which mostly survived the Thatcher government rationalisation and privatisation of public research institutes. The science system has been strengthened during the 2000s as devolution brought a set of new and expanded funding streams into the existing UK-based institutions. The paper first traces key elements of the historical development of the Scottish science system, and the relationship between science and innovation. It shows that the science system already operates with some, though limited, autonomy from the rest of the UK. This is followed by an analysis of the weak relationship between Scottish science and the Scottish innovation system. Finally, it presents some thoughts on the future prospects for science and innovation post-referendum.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2014 Not known
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics.RES-145-28-0002ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 40842
Depositing User: David Wield
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
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