Adrian’s expertise focuses on innovation and regional economic development, combining knowledge of innovation, education and research initiatives. In this capacity he has worked with local, regional and national authorities in the UK as well as with several of the European Commission Directorate Generals and other Member States.
His experience includes working as an advisor on regional innovation to DG Research advisory groups and as an expert advisor to the ODPM House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Regional Disparities in Prosperity in the UK. He was also a member of the UK Government’s expert panel on Neighbourhoods, Cities and Regions Analysis.
Adrian has longstanding research interests on the role of proximity in innovation and economic development, particularly the nature and activities of knowledge exchange networks. He recently contributed to an evaluation of the Marie Curie Actions, and led the evaluation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) for DG EAC. Other relevant work includes leading an evaluation of the regional dimension to EU R&D policies; undertaking the evaluation of the EU's Regions of Knowledge Pilot Action; leading a major study on the role of HEIs in the Greater South East on innovation and knowledge transfer in the UK, and various activities promoting the role of innovation in the present European Territorial Cooperation Objective. He was the author of the UK Government’s 'Practical Guide to Cluster Development'.
His work spans the academic and policy boundaries, combining rigorous policy review with theoretical insights. He is currently leading two major European studies: one on regional economic resilience funded by the ESPON programme and the second on theme of regional innovation and smart specialization, financed by the EU’s FP7.