Professor Joanna Chataway Appointed Director of Newly Formed Innovation and Technology Policy Team

Jo Chataway 2 February 2010—Joanna Chataway has joined RAND Europe to lead its recently formed Innovation and Technology Policy team.

Chataway will retain her Chair at the Open University as Professor in Biotechnology and Development. She will also remain involved in her previous post as co-director of the ESRC INNOGEN centre for research on social and economic aspects of life sciences innovation.

Her research interests focus on translating innovation into processes, practices and policies that have the potential to make a practical difference to societies, particularly those in developing countries.

The new team's portfolio is cross-cutting and interdisciplinary, bringing together existing research streams with new areas of study. Core competencies range from evaluation, through to strategy development and policy analysis. These skills are applied to the team's four broad research areas: research evaluation; understanding the issues around information and communication technologies in society; regulatory policy; and finally, looking at health-related research and innovation systems in a diverse range of countries.

Chataway's appointment builds on the strengths of RAND Europe's former Innovation Policy team. Her expertise and knowledge of translating innovation to practice contributes to RAND Europe's research in these areas. In addition, she will lead senior colleagues and staff in both the Cambridge and Brussels offices to continue research formerly conducted by the Information Policy and Economics team.

Graduating cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honours, Chataway received a BA in Sociology from Colorado College; an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a PhD in Technology Policy from the Open University.