Alan Hughes – Director

Alan Hughes is Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies at the Judge Business School, Director of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge where he is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, and Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre, a joint venture between Cambridge and Imperial College London.

He has worked extensively on the role of universities in innovation and on the nature of knowledge exchange patterns between universities and the science base. His work in this area with colleagues at the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge, and at the Industrial Performance Center MIT has been published in the report Cosh, Hughes and Lester (2006) UK PLC: Just How Innovative Are We?

 With PACEC he has recently completed an evaluation of Third Stream Funding for HEFCE. He is currently completing with colleagues at CBR a 3-year ESRC funded project analysing university-industry links at national and regional levels University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push and the Public Space Role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions ( In 2004 he was appointed by the Prime Minister of the UK to membership of the Council for Science and Technology which is the UK’s senior policy advisory body in this area.

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