James Derbyshire is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University, UK. His research interests include the measurement of firm performance and firm-growth paths; innovation; networks and their effect on business performance and innovation; industrial clusters; technology foresight; high-growth firms; business strategy; scenario planning; strategies for mitigating uncertainty when thinking about the future; agent-based modelling; complexity science; regional economics; and, the philosophy of social science research methods. James received his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2007; for his PhD he researched the networks established by SMEs when innovating, relating different network configurations to different levels of innovation success. He returned to academia in 2012 after a long stint working in the private sector and for government. He has worked for the European Commission, RAND Corporation and Capgemini; he also spent four years working as Senior Economist at Cambridge Econometrics.
James has carried out research for a large number of organisations, including UK government departments such as Business, Innovation and Skills and the Ministry of Defence, as-well-as numerous UK local authorities, and numerous European Commission Directorate-Generals, including DG Enterprise & Industry; DG Research & Innovation and DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion.
PhD - University of Liverpool Management School (2007).
MBA (with distinction) - Durham University Business School (2004).
BA Hons History (2i) - University of Liverpool (1999).
English (native speaker)
Polish (intermediate level)
I am interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas of research:
Selected research projects