Professor Howard Rush has been engaged in research in the field of science and technology policy, and innovation studies since 1974. He started his research career at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and, after a brief spell at the National Economic Development Office (NEDO), joined the then Brighton Polytechnic in 1983.
He is a founder member of the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) where he was variously Head or Deputy Head for 26 years. He has also been co-director of the ESRC-funded centre on Complex Product Systems Innovation (CoPS).
Professor Rush has made significant contributions in the areas of socio-economic impacts of information technology, benchmarking of research and technology institutes, the diffusion of new technologies in developing countries, the evaluation of national and regional innovation policies, managing innovation in complex projects, and illegal innovation in cybercrime.
He has published over 125 academic papers, and has been the Principal Investigator on over 25 major research projects funded by a range of national and international agencies. He is often called upon to conduct consultancies for major organisations such as the (former) UK Department of Trade and Industry, the World Bank, the European Commission, and United Nations agencies such as the ILO, UNDP, UNESCO and IFAD.