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Qualifications

BA (London School of Economics)
MSc (Econ) (Cardiff University)
PhD (Cardiff University)

About

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.

Experience

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

Responsibilities

Director, CRI-FI
Programme Leader for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA – professional doctorate)
PhD Supervision
Module Leader for Innovation Management (EB4S13); Developing the Doctoral Research Project (BU5T01)

Publications

Journal Articles
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2016.11.020

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

Conference Papers
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

Technical/Research Reports
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

Book Chapters
Jones-Evans, D., Gkikas, A., Rhisiart, M., & MacKenzie, N. G. (forthcoming). Measuring Open Innovation in SMEs. In W. Vanhaverbeke, F. Frattini, N. Roijakkers, & M. Usman (Eds.), Open Innovation in SMEs: World Scientific

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

Memberships

British Academy of Management
International Society for the Promotion of Innovation Management (ISPIM)

External

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

Consultancy

European Parliament, DG External Policies
Forfas, Ireland
Finance Wales
Malta Enterprise
Innovative Regions in Europe (IRE) Secretariat

Research

Grants

1. Technology Futures Exercise, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Government of Republic of Ireland (2016-17), with Z_punkt and Penbryn Consulting. Technology Foresight project to support research and innovation policy

2. Wellbeing of Future Generations 2030 Vignettes, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales (2016-17), with Penbryn Consulting and Eva Trier

3. Building futures thinking into WCVA strategic and business planning (2016), with Penbryn Consulting and Eva Trier

4. Dynamic capabilities of firms in open innovation (ongoing). Grant awarded by USW Research Institute (with Dr Rami Djebarni)

5. 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)

6. 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

7. 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).

8. 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
http://futures.research.southwales.ac.uk/projects/ukskillsforesight/

9. 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.
Grant: £30,000
http://futures.research.southwales.ac.uk/projects/eurochforesight/

10. ECO-INNOVA (EU)
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’.
Grant: £240,000

11. IMCORE (EU)
IMCORE focuses on climate change adaptation in coastal areas of North West Europe. Martin led the futures work within the project.
Grant: £50,000

12. 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.
Grant: £17,000

13. 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)

14. MetaForesight (EU Regions of Knowledge)
Integrating Foresight, R&D data, benchmarking, market intelligence and technological skills with a platform for regional decision-makers,

15. 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.

16. InnoRegio (EU Transnational Innovation Project)
Innovation management in SMEs InnoRegio Project (European trans-national innovation project)

17. Sustainable Regions, Innovative Actions Programme (EU)
Mainstreaming sustainability within regional development EU Innovative Actions Programme- Sustainable Regions

18. NPD-NET
New product development roadmaps and processes NPD-NET (European trans-national innovation project)

19. Autochain (EU Transnational Innovation Project)
Innovation within the automotive sector supply chain- AutoChain (European trans-national innovation project)

20. FOREN (EU DG Research)
Guide to European Regional Foresight FOREN Network (DG Research, European Commission)

Areas of Expertise

Strategy, Foresight, Innovation

Twitter

@martinrhisiart

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