Dr Elizabeth Garnsey

Subject: Innovation studies

Department/institution: Centre for Technology Management, IfM

Contact details: ewg11@cam.ac.uk

Research interests:

Elizabeth Garnsey is Reader Emeritus in innovation studies at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge. She has taught industry studies and supervised PhD students of the Engineering Department and Cambridge Judge Business School since 1984. Her research includes projects on diversity, on emergent tech firms and industries, and other aspects of innovation. She is a founder member of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and was a business adviser at St John’s Innovation Centre, 2001-2002. Dr Garnsey has been called as an expert witness on UK Parliamentary committees and to advise the Bank of England. She has also been a consultant to other governments, including in Australia and South Africa, on emerging firms and industries, worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and on EU research teams. She has been visiting professor at the National University of Singapore and engaged in projects with colleagues there. Dr Garnsey’s current research interests include complexity theory and disruptive innovation for emerging economies. She has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from UC Berkeley. She was a research associate at the Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge, from 1978 to 1984, and was made a Fellow of Clare Hall in 1987.

Select publications:

  • E Garnsey and C C Hang CC, eds., ‘Introduction to Special Issue on Opportunity Recognition and Creation’, Technovation, 39-40 (2015)
  • J Li and E Garnsey, ‘Policy-driven Ecosystems for New Vaccine Development’, Technovation, 34:12 (2014), 762–772
  • E Garnsey; S Ford; and P Heffernan, ‘The Evolution of Industries in Diverse Markets; a Complexity Approach’, in Mark Strathern and James McGlade, eds., The Social Face of Complexity Science, (Emergent Publications, 2014)
  • E Garnsey, ‘Reconstructing the Economy Through New Forms of Manufacturing-service Innovation’, in Tristram Hunt, ed., Rebalancing the British Economy  (London: Civitas, 2013)