MIOIR/PREST

EFP Mapping Leader

Rafael Popper (1976- ) has more than 10 years experience as a foresight researcher and practitioner. Since 2002 he is based at PREST Manchester Institute of Innovation Research of the University of Manchester. Before moving to the UK he worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS) in Italy as manager of the capacity building activities of the Technology Foresight Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (TFLAC) (2000-2002). During this time he also designed and delivered training courses for UNIDO Technology Foresight Programme for Central and Easter Europe and Newly Independent States (TFCEE/NIS). Since the late 1990s he has been a pioneer of online foresight tools, developing the first commercial foresight package. He is also known for raising the profile of Latin American foresight and for designing and leading the first evaluation of a national foresight programme in this region (i.e. the Evaluation of the Colombian Foresight Programme). In the foresight community, Rafael is recognised for his contributions to foresight practices and methodologies and, as a result, in 2009 he received two Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. He is also co-editor of an Edward Elgar’s Book of the Month: “The Handbook of Technology Foresight” (2008) and he lead the Mapping Foresight activities of the European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN).

EFP Mapping contact: rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk

EFP Mapping Team

Luke Georghiou is Professor of Science & Technology Policy and Management and Associate Dean of Research within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. Luke is also a Director of PREST, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, and has been on its staff since 1977. His research interests include evaluation of R&D and innovation policy, foresight, national and international science policy, and management of science and technology. Recent projects include several studies of industry–science relations, policy for international scientific cooperation, evaluation of foresight, public procurement for innovation and changes in public sector research institutions. During 2006 he chaired the evaluation of the EUREKA Initiative and was member and rapporteur of the Aho Group report on Creating and Innovative Europe. He has recently chaired committees on rationales for the European Research Area on behalf of the European Commission, and the Evaluation of Futur – the German Foresight programme and TEP – the Hungarian Foresight Programme. He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manchester and a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Park Limited.

Ian Miles is Professor of Technological Innovation and Social Change at the University of Manchester. He is based in the Institute of Innovation Re-search, and was appointed a CoDirector of PREST in 1990. His original training was as a social psychologist, and he spent almost twenty years at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. Apart from being engaged in Foresight, his work has focused on innovation studies (especially on services innovation); social aspects of IT (especially with respect to working life and consumer activities); and research evaluation, science policy studies, and social indicators and quality of life issues.

Yanuar Nugroho is Research Associate at the University of Manchester. His research interests evolves around the topics of technological innovation, particularly adoption and diffusion of innovations in third sector (non-governmental, non-for-profit organisations), innovation and sustainable development, and new communication media and social change. In the first strand, his work has been focussing on how techno-logical innovations diffuse in and are adopted by third sector organisations and investigating the impacts of such diffusion/adoption. In the second strand, Yanuar focuses on the role of innovation in development, particularly in sustainable development and/in developing countries. Lastly, his works on the link between new media and information technologies and social change looks at how new communication technology like the Internet and Web 2.0 propagates and alters the nature of communication and interaction as the fabrics of societal life.

Thordis Sveinsdottir is a Research Assistant at the University of Manchester. Her research interests focus on patterns of social and cultural interaction within new media and communication technologies. After finishing her PhD in Sociology, where she focused on identity in online communities, she has been a research assistant on various research projects, both at the University of Surrey and at the University of Manchester. These have focused on e.g. public perceptions of renewable energy technologies, new technologies as tools for facilitating for social inclusion and foresight research in Europe. Thordis has also lectured in Sociology at the University of Surrey.