Imogen Wade


Associate Faculty at Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex Business School


Between March 2020 and March 2022, I worked as a Research Fellow on the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and its sister project, Deep Transitions. My main work for TIPC focused on developing the Resource Lab, helping to develop an overarching data and knowledge management strategy and developing a methodology for comparative analysis of the learning and capacity building in all the diverse countries involved in TIPC.

I completed a PhD from University College London (UCL) in 2019 in which I looked at the role of the state in innovation systems using Russian Federation as a case study. I published a revised version of my PhD as a book in 2022 ( I have an MPhil in Comparative Politics from the University of Oxford (2010) and a BA (Honours) degree in Combined Arts from the University of Durham (2005) for which I studied Social Anthropology, Russian, and French. As part of my undergraduate degree, I spent a year abroad in 2003-2004. I spent this year studying in Paris as part of the ERASMUS scheme and studying Russian and teaching English to university students in Moscow, Russia.

Alongside my PhD, I worked in the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) as a Research Fellow. I did development, language, and stylistic editing for English journal articles and book chapters. Prior to that, I worked on social development projects in the World Bank.


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