United Kingdom

Martin Wain

Martin Wain is a consultant at Technopolis with a decade of experience in economic development and innovation policy that spans research and analysis, programme management and project development. Martin has conducted and contributed to a number of policy and programme evaluations and economic impact assessments at the local, regional, national, and EU levels.

Martin’s recent and current projects include a variety of national and international reviews of policy, support and co-ordination for science, technology, research and innovation. Projects include work on contemporary developments of regional innovation policy, higher education and national research assessment, science and research funding programmes, participation in Horizon 2020 and FP7 across a number of themes, regional business support as well as knowledge transfer and intellectual property.

Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Martin worked as a Senior Analyst supporting the development of regional innovation strategies for Greater Manchester, northern England. There he also covered a broad range of policy areas, from STI, regeneration, business support, the cultural economy, tourism, skills and labour markets, public service reform, inward investment and internationalisation. He managed a £7m regional Innovation Investment Fund programme with a significant action-learning element and led collaborative research with the OECD, Proctor and Gamble, the Work Foundation and Innovate UK on building economic growth from the science and technology base.

Martin holds an MSc in Local and Regional Economic Development from the University of Dundee and is mid-way through a part-time PhD focusing on sub-national innovation governance, supervised by Prof. Jakob Edler, Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester. He is a native English speaker, and has a working knowledge of Russian.