Richard Owen

Professor Owen

Business School appoints new Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer)

Professor Richard Owen has been appointed as the new Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Exeter Business School.

Currently Professor Owen holds the Chair in Responsible Innovation at the Business School. His research examines how innovation and science might be governed towards societally desirable and acceptable ends, the associated challenges and opportunities, and how responsibilities are perceived and distributed.

His research is strongly interdisciplinary, with a continuous emphasis on practice: he has worked closely with the UK Research Councils to develop a framework for responsible innovation and is investigating its application in diverse areas, from geoengineering and nanotechnologies to finance and synthetic biology. Richard is a strategic advisor to EPSRC and co-ordinates the RCUK Environmental Nanoscience Initiative.

His research group is studying the historical framing of responsibility, the governance of financial innovation,  horizon scanning, innovation of sustainable business models and eco-innovation at the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ – how some of the world’s poorest people are innovating to rise to the challenges of resource scarcity and sustainability.

Professor Robin Mason, Dean of the Business School said: “We are delighted to have Richard as part of the School’s senior team. The Business School’s mission is to deliver outstanding and innovative business education and research that address the major challenges confronting businesses and society. Richard’s wealth of interdisciplinary research experience and his focus on practical translation make him the ideal candidate for the post.”

Date: 28 January 2014

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