Neil Brown is a principal consultant with Technopolis Group working in the area of innovation and science policy. He is an experienced researcher who has been involved in managing and delivering a wide range of research and evaluation projects over a number of years, including evaluations of policies and programmes for research councils, overseas agencies, various parts of the European Commission, and the European Parliament. He has also taken a leading role in a series of studies over recent years looking at framework conditions for innovation in Europe, and particularly various activities relating to standardisation and certification, and has developed a significant track record in this area through work for the European Commission, CEN and CENELEC, DIN, DEACA, Nordic Innovation and BSI.
Neil is skilled in many aspects of research and evaluation, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods. He trained as an economist and statistician and has strong skills in data management, manipulation and advanced analysis techniques. He also takes a lead role in the company in the design and implementation of surveys and data collection exercises. These include both small-scale targeted consultations with specific communities and large-scale multi-country, multi-language online surveys involving question logic and routing. Neil also has extensive experience of conducting interviews with a broad range of stakeholders at various levels and across many subject areas, and has developed a large number of in-depth case studies focusing on topics ranging from the UK Science Research Investment Fund and technology transfer offices in European HEIs, to European Innovation Sectoral Leaders and service sector users of standards within different countries.
Neil is British and a fluent English speaker. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Local and Regional Economic Development from the Institute of Economic Development Trust, as well as a BSc (Hons) Degree in Economics from the University of York. He joined Technopolis at the beginning of 2006, having previously focused on economic development, regeneration, labour market and skills research.