Nottingham Business School hosts the first in a series of six ESRC seminars on Green Innovation

Nottingham Business School recently hosted the first of six research seminars on the theme of Green Innovation.

Nottingham Business School recently hosted the first of six research seminars on the theme of Green Innovation. These seminars are the result of a successful bid to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in January 2014 as part of its Research Seminars Competition 2013-14 by David Smith and Rob Ackrill in collaboration with Richard Blundel of the Open University Business School.

The first seminar, held in Nottingham Conference Centre, was devoted to setting the scene for the programme of seminars that follow and will be attended by some 27 academics and research students drawn from 14 different universities.

The seminar opened with a welcome from the Dean of Nottingham Business School, Professor Baback Yazdani. The morning session was then devoted to talks by Will McDowall who explored Key Issues for Understanding Green Innovation of UCL and Fred Steward of the Policy Studies Institute who presented on wider issues surrounding green innovation with a thought provoking presentation that explored the concept of Transformative Innovation and the need for system. The morning approached Green Innovation in a broad perspective and the afternoon session explored further details with a focus on innovation in particular sectors.

The afternoon session was kicked off by Gavin Killip of Oxford University who in a presentation entitled Building Expertise, presented a number of case studies, including a fascinating one from France about a renovation cooperative, showing how innovation can be fostered in the construction and housing sector.

This was followed by Michael Ehret and John Nicholson from Hull University who presented a case study of Hull: the UK's First Green Port and examined the impact of a massive Foreign Direct Investment in wind turbine manufacturing which is currently underway on Humberside. The day concluded with Franz Huber of the University of Seeburg in Austria, who in a presentation entitled Can motorsport drive us green?, reported on a recent ESRC funded project, investigating knowledge linkages between the world of motorsport and developments in clean technology.

The seminar stimulated a plethora of questions and lively debate, thereby hopefully initiating a tradition to be followed in subsequent seminars including the next one which is on Monday 6 July at the Open University in Milton Keynes where the theme is Green Business Models and Strategies.

For more information on the ESRC Seminar Series 2015 - 2016: Green Innovation and how to book visit the Nottingham Business School website.

Nottingham Business School hosts the first in a series of six ESRC seminars on Green Innovation

Published on 25 June 2015
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