This project seeks to exploit unstructured data from patents, publications and new open sources of “big data” to investigate the influences of public procurement on innovation. It will address the following major questions:
To what extent, and how, are government actors strategically using public procurement to pursue industrial policy goals?
How does public demand shape the innovative performance of firms?
How does public procurement influence industrial structure, industrial renewal and diversification?
Applications are sought from UK, EU and international candidates with an outstanding academic background, particularly in economics, data science, innovation studies or a related discipline. Demonstrable quantitative skills will be essential and an interdisciplinary background will be an advantage. The candidate should be willing to attend specialist innovation policy courses as well as advanced training in data science, and be familiar with key programming languages (e.g. STATA and R), social network analysis techniques, and/or have some experience with text mining or other work with unstructured data.
More information on entry requirements and application process can be found here: Public procurement and innovation: measuring policy and impact.
Application deadline: 29th March 2019
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