Prof Martin Rhisiart
BA (London School of Economics)
MSc (Econ) (Cardiff University)
PhD (Cardiff University)
Martin Rhisiart is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at South Wales Business School. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Futures and Innovation.
Martin has designed and delivered a range of international research projects on innovation and strategic foresight. His work has been funded by a range of national and international bodies, including the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), DG Research (European Union), Forfas (national innovation agency, Ireland), and the Welsh Government.
He teaches post-graduate modules on futures, strategy and innovation. He supervises several PhD students in the areas described above.
He has held several external appointments, which include: Member of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales; Member of the City Regions Task and Finish Group, Welsh Government, set up by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science; Non-Executive Director of Menter a Busnes, a not-for-profit enterprise development company.
2015- Professor of Strategy and Innovation
2008 – present, Director, Centre for Research in Futures and Innovation
2012 – 2015, Reader
2010-2011, Faculty Contract Research Coordinator – responsible for developing and managing external research for the Faculty.
1999-2008 Deputy Director (previously Researcher and Research Coordinator), Observatory of Innovation, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
1999, Stagiaire, DG Economics, European Commission, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London
Programme Leader for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA – professional doctorate)
Module Leader for Innovation Management (EB4S13); Developing the Doctoral Research Project (BU5T01)
Rhisiart, M., Störmer, E., and Daheim, C. (2016) ‘From foresight to impact? The 2030 Future of Work scenarios’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change’, in press (online 30 November 2016)
Rhisiart, M. and Jones-Evans, D. (2016) ‘The Impact of Foresight on Entrepreneurship: the Wales 2010 Case Study’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 102, January 2016, Pages 112-119 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2015.03.010
Ahlqvist, T. and Rhisiart, M. (2015) ‘Emerging pathways for critical futures research: Changing contexts and impacts of social theory’, Futures Vol. 71 pp.91-104 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2015.07.012
Rhisiart, M., Poli, R. and Brooks, S. (2015) ‘Ethical issues in futures studies: theoretical development and applications’, Futures (editorial) Vol. 71 pp. 88-90 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2015.07.010
Rhisiart, M., Miller, R. and Brooks, S. (2015) ‘Learning to use the future: developing foresight capabilities through scenario processes’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change Volume 101, December 2015, Pages 124-133, ISSN 0040-1625, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2014.10.015
Rhisiart, M (2013) ‘Exploring the future for arts and culture organisations through scenarios and vignettes’, Futures. The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, Vol. 50., pp. 15-24 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2013.03.008
Rhisiart, M. (2013) ‘Foresight and ‘grand challenges’ within research and innovation policies’, Foresight, 15 (1), 29-39 http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636681311310123
Ballinger, R and Rhisiart, M (2011) ‘Integrating ICZM and futures approaches in adapting to changing climates’, Maritime Studies (MAST), Vol 10, Issue 1
Jones-Evans, D., Gkikas, A., Rhisiart, M. and MacKenzie, N. (2016) Open Innovation, SMEs and Regional Development: Evidence from the UK, ISPIM Conference Porto, 19-22 June 2016 Download
Jones-Evans, D. Gkikas, A, Rhisiart, M. and Mackenzie, N. (2015) ‘Open Innovation, SMEs and Regional Development – Evidence From The UK’, ISBE Conference, Glasgow, 11-12 November 2015
Martin Rhisiart, Eckhard Störmer and Cornelia Daheim (2014) ‘Radical and Disruptive Innovation: 2030 Work and Skills Scenarios’, Future-oriented Technology Analysis Conference, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, November 2014
Martin Rhisiart, Meirion Thomas, Dylan Henderson and Rami Djebarni (2014) ‘Knowledge intensive business services firms in a non-metropolitan area’, ISPIM Conference, Dublin, 8-11 June 2014 Download
Rami Djebarni and Martin Rhisiart (2013) The impact of export barriers on export performance of SMEs in Wales, ISBE Conference, Cardiff, November 2013
Martin Rhisiart (2013) ‘Developing a regional eco-innovation strategic framework’, Regional Studies Association Conference, Tampere, May 2013
Martin Rhisiart (2013) ‘Strategic Framework and Knowledge Exchange Platform for Eco-Innovation’, International Society for the Promotion of Innovation Management (ISPIM), Helsinki, June 2013
Martin Rhisiart, Riel Miller and Simon Brooks (2013) ’Thinking and Acting Through the Conundrum: Futures Literacy for Strategic Agility’, British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, September 2013
Thomas, M., Rhisiart, M. and Trier, E. Future Scenarios: implications for the third sector in Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, November 2016 Download
Thomas, M., Rhisiart, M. and Trier, E. Future Trends: implications for the third sector, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, November 2016 Download
Cox, A., Swift, S. and Rhisiart, M. Success factors for achieving policy impact in foresight studies, European Risk Observatory, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, December 2015 Download
Martin Rhisiart, Rami Djebarni, Andrew Thomas, Christopher Christie and René Rohrbeck (2014), ‘Open innovation: the activities and views of companies in Wales’, Report for Welsh Government, September 2014 Open Innovation in Wales Report
Cornelia Daheim, Eckhard Störmer, Cornelius Patscha, Jessica Prendergast, Martin Rhisiart (2014) ‘The Future of Work. Jobs and Skills in 2030’, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Evidence Report 84, February 2014 Download
Martin Rhisiart (2013) ‘Real-Time Delphi Study on the Future of Cultural Heritage Research’, A survey to support the development of the Strategic Research Agenda, JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change, Funded by EU FP7/AHRC Download
Martin Rhisiart, Meirion Thomas, Dylan Henderson (2013) ‘Report on Drivers of Change and the Future of Cultural Heritage’, A review to support the development of the Strategic Research Agenda, JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change, Funded by EU FP7/AHRC Download
Deer, M., Ertl, H., Rhisiart, M., and Wilde, S. (2004) ‘Research and Development’ in Compston, H. (ed.) Handbook of Public Policy in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke
Rhisiart, M. (2004) ‘Sustainable Futures’, in Thomas, M. and Rhisiart, M. (eds) Sustainable Regions. Making Sustainable Development Work in Regional Economies. Aureus: St Bride’s Major
Rhisiart, M. and Thomas, M. (2004) ‘Lessons for Implementing Sustainable Development in Wales’ in Thomas, M. and Rhisiart, M. (eds) Sustainable Regions. Making Sustainable Development Work in Regional Economies. Aureus: St Bride’s Major
Thomas, M. and Rhisiart, M. (2000) ‘Innovative Wales’ in Bryan, J. and Jones, C. (eds.) Wales in the 21st Century. An Economic Future. Macmillan: Basingstoke
British Academy of Management
International Society for the Promotion of Innovation Management (ISPIM)
Member, Innovation Advisory Council for Wales, Welsh Government
Non-Executive Director of Menter a Busnes, a not-for-profit enterprise and economic development company
Member of the City Regions Task and Finish Group, Welsh Government, set up by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, 2011-2012
Chair, Cwlwm Busnes Caerdydd (Business Network)
Non-Visiting External Examiner, University of Malta
European Parliament, DG External Policies
Innovative Regions in Europe (IRE) Secretariat
Dynamic capabilities of firms in open innovation (ongoing). Grant awarded by USW Research Institute (with Dr Rami Djebarni)
Success factors for achieving policy impact in foresight studies, European Risk Observatory, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (with Institute for Employment Studies)
Scoping Study for a Foresight on New and Emerging OSH Risks and Challenges, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 2014: Martin worked with the Institute for Employment Studies on the study to identify OSH trends and emerging challenges that are relevant for subsequent foresight studies
Open innovation activities in Welsh businesses (Welsh Government), 2013-14: leader of study that examines the way in which companies manage their open innovation, their practices in inbound and outbound open innovation, and support for open innovation (at the firm level and developing a more effective open innovation ecosystem).
The Future of UK Jobs and Skills 2030: Qualitative Foresight (UK Commission for Employment and Skills), 2013-14
Martin worked with a partner, Z punkt, to conduct a study on the future of employment and skills in the UK. The project includes an analysis of trends and potential disruptions for the labour market, interviews with senior leaders from the UK and internationally, and 2030 scenarios for skills and employment in the UK
Foresight Study on Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Martin is leading a Foresight study on cultural heritage for AHRC. The study is part of large, European initiative (consisting of 17 Member States) to develop a strategic research agenda for cultural heritage in Europe.
Martin is a project partner in a trans-national project on eco-innovation in SMEs and regional development. ECO-INNOVA is an international project set up ’to build a transnational structure to inform and promote Eco-innovation in SMEs and the creation of eco-businesses’.
IMCORE focuses on climate change adaptation in coastal areas of North West Europe. Martin led the futures work within the project.
Futures of arts and culture (Arts Council of Wales)
Martin led the project to explore the changing context for arts and culture/policies supporting arts and culture.
Forfás (national policy advisory body for enterprise and science, Ireland): Global trends and drivers from a national perspective (implications for research and enterprise policy) Ireland (with CM International)
MetaForesight (EU Regions of Knowledge)
Integrating Foresight, R&D data, benchmarking, market intelligence and technological skills with a platform for regional decision-makers,
Futures for Regional Development (EU)
He was Project Director of the FUTURREG project (Futures for Regional Development- 2005-7; INTERREG IIIC), which assisted a cohort of 30 regional development practitioners in seven countries to develop futures capacity. It led to 14 applications in real regional development contexts, with a particular emphasis on adapting organisational and regional capacity to face the challenges of the future and the present.
InnoRegio (EU Transnational Innovation Project)
Innovation management in SMEs InnoRegio Project (European trans-national innovation project)
Sustainable Regions, Innovative Actions Programme (EU)
Mainstreaming sustainability within regional development EU Innovative Actions Programme- Sustainable Regions
New product development roadmaps and processes NPD-NET (European trans-national innovation project)
Autochain (EU Transnational Innovation Project)
Innovation within the automotive sector supply chain- AutoChain (European trans-national innovation project)
FOREN (EU DG Research)
Guide to European Regional Foresight FOREN Network (DG Research, European Commission)
Areas of Expertise
Strategy, Foresight, Innovation
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