About David Charles
David Charles is Director of Research, Deputy Head of College and professor of innovation and strategic management in Lincoln International Business School. David started his career as an economic geographer with an interest in the location of R&D and innovative activities, and was for many years a researcher in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University, before taking up the David Goldman Chair of Business Innovation in the Business School there. In Newcastle University Business School he was director of research and alternate head of school for three years then director of a faculty research institute for policy and practice. He also established a new research centre on Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE). He moved from Newcastle to Curtin University in Perth, Australia where he was dean of research in the Business faculty before moving to Strathclyde where he was professor of regional economic development and policy at the European Policies Research Centre.
In recent years David’s research has focused primarily on regional aspects of innovation and innovation policy, and on the regional and community role of universities. David has been involved in studies on regional innovation policy for the European Commission, OECD and national regional bodies, since 1986. Much of this work has focused on the role of innovation in Less Favoured Regions, most recently as part of a large evaluation of the European Regional Development Fund over 20 years in 15 regions. A related interest has been in innovation management in mainly smaller firms, with recent work on open innovation in Scottish SMEs. David has also undertaken a variety of studies of universities regional impact and engagement for individual universities, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, OECD, and other UK government bodies. He developed a suite of metrics and indicators used annually now by the UK to measure the engagement of universities with business and the community. David has also led ESRC and EU framework Programme projects across all of these research themes.
David is Director of Research and a deputy head of college with responsibility for overseeing the division of accounting, finance and economics.
Innovation management and policy
— Newcastle University, 1992
— Newcastle University, 1982
— Anglia Ruskin University, 2011
— Curtin University, 2011
— Tampere University, Finland, 2010
— Newcastle University, 2009
— RMIT University, Melbourne, 2005
— Academy of Social Science, 2005
British Academy of Management
Regional Studies Association
External Activities and Consultancy
Consultancy studies over the past 25 years for the OECD, European Commission, UK government departments (DTI, DETR, OST), HEFCE, Universities UK, regional development agencies, Newcastle City Council, Leeds City Council, Core Cities Group and others.
Research grant evaluation and review for ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission FP5 and FP7, and Dutch and Irish research organisations.