Research Groups in CTS
CTS is a federation of Research Groups, which at present are:
Researches the links between innovation and regulation of agricultural
biotechnology, particularly the development of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) designed for agricultural uses. Contact: Susan
Carr or Les Levidow.
- Centre for the Analysis of Supply Chain
Innovation and Dynamics (CASCAID)
Furthers understanding of the dynamics of technology innovation
in product supply and distribution systems in both manufacturing
and service industries. Director: Ed Rhodes.
Science Research Centre
To establish the Open University as an international centre
of excellence and expertise in complexity science research.
- Co-operatives Research Unit
Develops theories and methods of applied research in relation
to workers' co-operatives, with a growing interest in co-operatives
providing social services. The Unit is also developing the concept
of social audit. Chair: Roger Spear.
Innovation Group (DIG)
Examines the role of design and innovation in competitiveness
and identifies factors relating to the success and failure of
design and new product development in manufacturing industry.
Co-ordinator: Robin Roy.
Policy and Practice Research Group (DPP)
Develops interdisciplinary research approaches in international
development, with interests in: development as a process, gender,
alternative technology and food security. Chair: Joanna Chataway.
and Environment Research Unit (EERU)
Improves the understanding of environmental problems of energy
generation and use and develops appropriate technological solutions,
with an emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy
systems. Director: David Elliott.
Innogen ESRC Centre
for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics
The ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation
in Genomics. It is part of the ESRC Genomics Network, three Centres
across the UK studying the evolution of genomics and life sciences
and their far-reaching social and economic implications.
- Integrated Waste Systems
An interdisciplinary group for research into sustainable and integrated
waste management. Contact: David Cooke or Christine Thomas
CTS also participates in other OU Research Groups, including: