Principal Researcher – Policy Director
Alasdair Reid has over 20 years experience of advising governments in developing, implementing and evaluating innovation based regional, inter-regional, national and European development programmes and strategies. He has worked on public policy research in the fields of regional economic development and innovation systems. He has advised the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, national and regional governments and agencies throughout the European Union and in third countries.
Alasdair was instrumental in the development, during the 2000s, of the main EU research and innovation policy benchmarking and analysis platforms: the Trend Chart on Innovation and ERAWATCH, the Regional Innovation Monitor, the Eco-Innovation Observatory and the European Service Innovation Centre.
Alasdair has been actively involved in promoting regional innovation since the mid-1990s from the first round of regional technology plans, regional innovation strategies and most recently as an advisor for smart specialisation strategies for the 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Fund period. He is currently supporting DG Maritime Affairs of the European Commission in mapping co-operation potential for ‘blue economy’ clusters in the North Sea area.
In the last three years, Alasdair’s work has focused on evaluating and advising innovation agencies including the evaluation of Nordic Innovation (2015), strategic analysis to support the focusing of Scottish Enterprise’s activities (Scotland’s Innovation Proposition, 2015 and Scottish Clusters Mapping 2016), a service innovation strategy for Invest Northern Ireland (2014), international mentor to Enterprise Estonia (2015) and a forward looking study on the impact of Tekes (Finland) on the global competitiveness of Finnish business. Other recent projects include mapping and supporting the inter-regional value chains and platforms in the field of offshore (marine) technologies (Basque Country, SPRI agency and Scottish Enterprise on behalf of the Vanguard Initiative regions).
Alasdair has published a series of articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters on regional development and innovation policies and the contribution of innovation to economic growth. A selection of Alasdair’s speeches can be viewed at: www.slideshare.net/Alasdair_Innovation
Alasdair is fluently bilingual (English, French) and speaks basic Spanish and Estonian.