Michael Kitson is an Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), Cambridge, and is Hub Director of the UK-Innovation Research Centre. He has undertaken research for: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS); the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
Michael Kitson was Assistant Director of the National Competitiveness Network (NCN) of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) between 2000 and 2003, and Director of NCN between 200 and 2007. CMI was a joint venture between Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to improve competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK. He has provided evidence and advice to: the EU; the House of Lords enquiry into globalisation; and various regional and local governments. He is currently advising the Northern Ireland Government about its innovation policy.
Before coming to the School, Michael Kitson was Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and College Teaching Officer at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has also been a Research Associate at the Department of Land Economy and a Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge.
Kitson, M., Martin, R. and Tyler, P. (2004) "Regional competitiveness: an elusive yet key concept?" Regional Studies, 38(9): 991-999
Iyer, S., Kitson, M. and Toh, B. (2005) "Social capital, economic growth and regional development." Regional Studies, 39(8): 1015-1040
Haugh, H. and Kitson, M. (2007) "The Third Way and the third sector: New Labour's economic policy and the social economy." Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31(6): 973-994
Abreu, M., Grinevich, V., Kitson, M. and Savona, M. (2010) "Policies to enhance the 'hidden innovation' in services: evidence and lessons from the UK." The Service Industries Journal, 30(1): 99-118 (DOI: 10.1080/02642060802236160)
Kitson, M., Martin, R. and Tyler, P. (2011) "The geographies of austerity." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 4(3): 289-302 (DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsr030)
Hughes, A. and Kitson, M. (2012) "Pathways to impact and the strategic role of universities: new evidence on the breadth and depth of university knowledge exchange in the UK and the factors constraining its development." Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(3): 723-750 (DOI: 10.1093/cje/bes017)