Mercedes Bleda is a Research Associate at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) . She has a first degree in economics (University of Murcia, Spain), an MPhil in dynamic economics (Dept. of Quantitative Methods, University of Murcia, Spain), and a PhD in economics from CRIC (ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition Centre) at the University of Manchester in the UK. Her doctoral research centred on the analysis of how evolutionary explanations of socio economic change in general can benefit, conceptually and formally, from the adoption of a complexity perspective. Before completing her PhD in 2002, Mercedes was a research fellow in the department of quantitative economics at the University of Murcia in Spain where she gained valuable experience as an assistant lecturer in mathematical economics, and as a researcher in the area of dynamical systems and economic modelling in general. Afterwards she joint the Centre for Research on Organisations, Management and Technical Change (CROMTEC) where she was involved on research projects funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Science in Society Programme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Since 2005 she has been working at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on a variety of projects with a focus on innovation and environmental policy issues.
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Simon Shackley is a Lecturer in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. He is a biologist turned social scientist working in the field of 'integrated assessment' of climate change and sustainable energy. After a degree in Botany from Durham, he studied for an MSc and D.Phil. at the Science and Technology Policy Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex . I then worked as a Research Associate at the University of Lancaster with Professors Brian Wynne and Robin Grove-White on the sociology of climate change science and the use of CC science in policy making. In 1998 he moved to UMIST as lecturer in Environmental Management and Policy and began work on the socio-economic impacts of climate change at the regional scale. In 2000, he was one of the founding members of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and led one of its core themes across 12 UK universities and research organisations. Among his many research interests are innovation studies, science and technology studies, integrated assessment in conditions of high uncertainty, cultural theory and social simulation modelling.
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