Jonathan is a former senior lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research within Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, England and was a founder director of MIoIR. Jonathan has a very varied career, as an economist - winning a Partnership Trust Award for innovative teaching in economics – and as an engineer, an innovation researcher and in environmental management. Jonathan Aylen was an Associate Editor of R&D Management 2014-2016. He was Conference Chair for the R&D Management Conference in 2013. He frequently broadcasts on steel and related industrial issues.
Jonathan is Chair of the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology in the North-West of England, an elected member of their national Council and became Vice-Pesident of the Society in 2016. He is a former President of Manchester Statistical Society.