Felicia Fai

Dr

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19992019
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Research interests

My research interrests focus on the development and leveraging of technological capabilities at different units of analysis.

Historically my interest in innovation, capabilities and competences, originated in the development of corporate technological competence and the importance of having both a set of core competences and a diverse technological base for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries. The diversity of their technological competences enables firms to recognise the potential of other firms as future partners for innovative purposes and to work with them; the subset of core competences, enable a firm to develop specialist expertise in an area which make them attractive as partners to others. I am now applying similar underlying principles to the consideration of regional level innovation capability development and the growth of intra- and inter-regional networks.

My current research considers 'place-based' perspectives combined with industrial and innovation policy. I am interested in how the enhancement of regional capabilities can potentially overthrow the constraints of regions being identified on the basis of standard industrial classifications and how this can then lead to new innovation and market opportunities. Within this, I also consider the role of universities as anchor institutions with respect to the development of innovative capabilities.

I have worked on regional development issues in the South West of England (including the University's successful bid for the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPs), and currently hold a Regional Studies Association Policy Expo grant examining how industrial policy can assist firms in peripheral EU regions to participate fully in smart specialisation frameworks. I have also served as an academic adviser to the Cabinet Office about the role of universities in regional growth through the Cabinet Office's Launchpad initiative, designed to bring civil servants together with outside experts to share ideas and develop new policies.

I would welcome approaches from potential PhD students and researchers with interests in these areas.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising PhD students with an interest in adopting a competence-based perspective on technological innovation, R&D and networks.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Reading

Master of Arts, University of Reading

Bachelor of Arts, University of Ulster

External positions

External Examiner for Postgraduate Management Programmes, Birkbeck, University of London

7 Mar 2016 → …

External Examiner for International Business and Management, University of Strathclyde

18 Mar 20101 Jun 2013

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Projects 2005 2019

RSA Policy Expo Grant Scheme

Tomlinson, P. & Fai, F.

1/09/1728/02/19

Project: UK charity

Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme - Ms Christie De Beer

Fai, F.

1/07/1631/10/16

Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

TRAVEL TO JAPAN TO EXAMINE JAPANESE AEROSPACE INDUSTRIAL POL ICY

McGuire, S. M. & Fai, F.

2/12/0531/12/08

Project: UK charity

Research Output 1999 2018

Combined Authorities in England: Beacons of the Place-Based Agenda

Fai, F. 31 Mar 2018 Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy. Fai, F. (ed.). March 2018 ed. Bath: Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath, p. 34-52 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Local enterprise partnerships: place-based industrial strategy advocates

Fai, F. & Tomlinson, P. R. 6 Mar 2018 Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy. Fai, F. (ed.). University of Bath, p. 53-62 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy

Fai, F. (ed.) 12 Mar 2018 Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath. 76 p. (IPR Policy Brief)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access

Re-invigorating Regional Capabilities for Balanced Growth: The Opportunities and Limitations of Smart Specialisation

Fai, F., Tomlinson, P. R., Corradini, C., Barzotto, M. & Labory, S. 26 Apr 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

The Golden Triangle; the role of universities in regional development

Fai, F. & Tomlinson, P. R. 25 Apr 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster