Regional Innovation Ecosystems

This Research & Innovation Doctoral Project brief summarises our priority areas of research interest under the heading of: The role of universities in the creation of regional innovation ecosystems in rural environments.

We welcome all research degree applications aligned with and in response to this brief.

Project brief details

Falmouth University, together with regional Stakeholders such as Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership, is looking at new ways to create a resilient business environment in the Creative Economy.

We are interested in applicants wanting to explore what role a university can play in the creation of an innovation eco-system in a rural environment that naturally lacks critical mass and innovation capacity.

Indicate research questions include:

  • Can an innovation ecosystem be created with the university as the 'centre of gravity'?
  • What are the success factors in the creation of an innovation eco-system in a rural environment?
  • Is an innovation eco-system in the creative economy different than in other markets?

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Clear aims and objectives
  • Imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
  • An appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
  • Clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in Falmouth in this subject area
  • A robust methodology, appropriate to the aim of the project
  • Evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline alongside a postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience in a cognate area.

Strategic alignment

Projects deriving from this brief are expected to sit within the following Research & Innovation programme and department:

ProgrammeDigital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation
DepartmentCornwall Business School

As successful research degree project proposals must emphasise a clear alignment between the project idea and one or more of our Research & Innovation programmes, we recommend that you review details of the programme aligned to this brief before you complete the application process.

How to apply

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We welcome all research degree applications aligned with this Doctoral Project brief.​To apply in response to this brief or learn about the application process view:

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Application enquiries

For all other application related enquires please contact the Research & Development team.


T: 01326 255831


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