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Dr Michal Miedzinski
Institute for Sustainable Resources
14 Upper Woburn Place | Central House
London
WC1H ONN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 9318
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Michal Miedzinski joined the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) as a Senior Research Associate in March 2016. Before moving to ISR, Michal was Principal Consultant Green Economy at Technopolis Group where he led projects and studies on green economy and eco-innovation commissioned by the EU institutions (notably the European Commission and the European Parliament), international organisations (OECD, UNIDO, DCED, ASEIC) as well as by the regional authorities in many countries (e.g. Poland, Italy, France, Turkey). He co-designed and has been a long-standing coordinator (2010-2016) of the European Eco-Innovation Observatory, a pioneering European knowledge and data platform on eco-innovation for policy-makers and business (see www.eco-innovation.eu).

Michal sits on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Innovation conferences and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Resource Forum. He has been advising many EU projects focused on eco-innovation (e.g. Eco-Innovera, ECOPOL). He is a regular speaker at international sustainability and innovation events, including EU Green Week and Eco-AP Eco-Innovation Forum.

Michal holds a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Manchester (2015). He has a Master's degree in Regional Economic Planning from Warsaw University (2001), Master of Arts in European Public Affairs from University of Maastricht and EIPA (2000) and a BA in International Relations from Warsaw University (1998).

Research Summary

Michal has an interdisciplinary research background including applied policy studies, science, technology and innovation studies, economic geography and regional development, organisational learning and change, as well as foresight and futures studies. He has a long-standing research and consulting experience in appraising and supporting design of public policies in the area of eco-innovation and green economy.

His main research interests include:

  • Innovation and sustainability - the role of technological and non-technological innovation in the transition towards sustainable development (exploring the nature, dynamics and impact of systemic eco-innovation; new business models and transformative innovation; transformative policy and governance; assessing sustainability of future scenarios and transition pathways);
  • Public policy and transformative innovation - critical analysis of eco-innovation and sustainable development policies (frame reflection and systemic discourse analysis of policy narratives; the use of scientific evidence and expertise in policy process; dealing with conflicting problem frames and interests);
  • Measuring eco-innovation - applying diverse data sources to measuring trends in eco-innovation; the role of scoreboards and composite indicators; designing dynamic innovation metric systems (capturing micro-, meso- and marco-level developments and their interconnections);
  • Sustainability impact assessment - developing and applying novel methodologies of policy impact assessment and evaluation (integrated approaches to ex-ante and ex-post sustainability impact assessments; applying storytelling and narratives to impact assessments; visual models for impacts assessment);
  • Innovation futures for sustainability - foresight and prospective studies in the area of innovation and sustainability, including the role of scenario development and policy and business road mapping; applying foresight methods to impact assessments, exploring relations between foresight and modelling;
  • Eco-innovation and regional development - introducing sustainability and eco-innovation to regional innovation strategies (including participatory multi-stakeholder strategy development methods).
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