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Rhiannon Pugh

Affiliated Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer – CIRCLE, Lund University

Rhiannon Pugh is a senior lecturer in innovation studies at the Centre for Innovation Research (CIRCLE) at Lund University and an Affiliated Research Fellow at the House of Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics. She works at the interface between innovation studies, entrepreneurship, and human geography. Her research interests include regional innovation policy, entrepreneurial universities, and regional development in non-core regions. Rhiannon teaches at undergraduate, masters, and PhD level across economic geography, social science research methods, and innovation topics. 

She is a fellow of the Regional Studies Association and early career editor of the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, and holds an RSA network grant on the theme of “Gender and Regional Studies”. Her research has been funded by FORMAS and Handelsbanken in Sweden, and NESTA in the UK. Her research has been published across a wide range of outlets in both innovation and entrepreneurship and human geography including, for instance: Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, Environment and Planning. She has recently co-edited a book on the topic of “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Meet Innovation Systems” published by Edward Elgar.

Selected Publications

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Meet Innovation Systems: Synergies, policy Lessons, and Overlooked Dimensions, Alexandra Tsvetkova (ed.), Jana Schmutzler (ed.) & Rhiannon Pugh (ed.), 2020, Edward Elgar Publishing. 288 p.

From ‘entrepreneurial’ to ‘engaged’ universities: social innovation for regional development in the Global South, Elisa Thomas & Rhiannon Pugh, 2020, In : Regional Studies.

Developing local entrepreneurial ecosystems through integrated learning initiatives: the Lancaster case, Rhiannon Pugh, Danny Soetanto, Sarah L. Jack & Eleanor Hamilton, 2019, In : Small Business Economics.

Who speaks for economic geography?, Rhiannon Pugh, 2018 Oct 1, In : Environment & Planning A.

The entrepreneurial university and the region: what role for entrepreneurship departments?, Rhiannon Pugh, Wadid Lamine, Sarah Jack & Eleanor Hamilton, 2018, In : European Planning Studies.

From ‘Techniums’ to ‘emptiums’: the failure of a flagship innovation policy in Wales, Rhiannon Pugh, Niall G. Mackenzie & Dylan Jones-evans, 2018, In : Regional Studies.

Questioning the implementation of smart specialisation: Regional innovation policy and semi-autonomous regions, Rhiannon Pugh, 2018, In : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Universities and economic development in lagging regions: ‘triple helix’ policy in Wales, Rhiannon Pugh, 2017, In : Regional Studies.

An “Orphan” Creative Industry: Exploring the Institutional Factors Constraining the Canadian Fashion Industry, Taylor Brydges & Rhiannon Pugh, 2017, In : Growth and Change.