Research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

David Morris

New Economy Manchester
Research interests: 
Public Policy Evaluation
Business Support
Skills Policy

David is Head of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Evaluation team. He has particular expertise in relation to the evaluation of business support, skills and employment initiatives and leads New Economy’s work in training officers nationwide in how to apply appraisal and evaluation techniques.

David is also part of a team of GM officers working with government and partners such as the network of What Works Centres to ensure robust evaluation of GM’s various Devolution Deals.

Marti Mestieri

Northwestern University
Research interests: 
Economic Growth and Development
International Trade

Marti Mestieri holds a PhD in economics from MIT. He joined Toulouse School of Economics as an assistant professer after graduating. Since September 2015, he is an assistant professor at the Northwestern University economics department.

Martina Vojtkova

NatCen Social Research
Other affiliations: 
Campbell Collaboration
Research interests: 
Randomised Controlled Trials
Evidence Mapping
Business Growth Support
Behaviour Change Interventions
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Poverty Reduction
International Development

Martina is Head of NatCen’s Evaluation team where she oversees NatCen’s evaluation work and leads on the design of experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations and feasibility studies.

She also leads NatCen’s systematic review and evidence mapping work and the design of other evidence synthesis projects. She is experienced in mixed methods impact evaluation approaches, logic model and theory of change work, and process evaluation methods.

Martina also currently holds the role of associate editor for the Campbell Collaboration.

In her prior roles at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, she conducted research projects evaluating the effectiveness of government policies and programmes implemented in low- and middle-income countries in the areas of education, poverty reduction, agriculture, public health and women’s empowerment.
Martina is also experienced in coordinating and quality assuring research commissioned by various international donors and advising on strategic use of evidence to inform decision making.

Matthew Regele

Yale University
Research interests: 
Institutional Economics
Management Theory

Matthew Regele is currently a PhD student in Organisations & Management at the Yale School of Management. His main research interests include innovation and growth in small and medium-sized established companies, as well the sociological underpinnings of business strategy.

Matt is drawn to multi-method research designs that begin with hypotheses developed via inductive, qualitative research and that end with empirical tests of these hypotheses via quantitative methods such as field experiments. Currently, he is working on the first stage of such a project, in which he is examining innovation and growth in Connecticut manufacturers. Matthew also holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Babson College.

Max Nathan

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Policy Evaluation

Max Nathan is Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, Research Fellow at the Spatial Economics Research Centre and Senior Research Fellow at NIESR. He is also an affiliated Research Fellow at IZA. Max has over 13 years of experience in UK think tanks, consultancy, and public policy.

Most recently he worked at the Department of Communities as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser. Before this he co-founded the Centre for Cities think tank, and ran the Centre's research programme for its first three years. Max holds a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics from LSE, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from LSE, and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Michael Leatherbee

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship Policies

Professor Leatherbee leverages more than a decade of practical entrepreneurship experience to inspire his research agenda. During his doctoral studies at Stanford University, he specialized in the phenomena underlying innovation and developed the skills to design experiments to identify the causal effects of policies aimed at influencing value creation. He is particularly interested in uncovering the antecedents of innovation and identifying ways to drive them. 

Leatherbee is the Academic Director of EPIC Lab (Evidence-based Innovation Policy Research Lab) and AUKAN, the innovation management-consulting arm of the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Start-Up Chile and the Chile-California Council.

Michael Lenox

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Business Studies

Professor Lenox is the Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he serves as Associate Dean and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Lenox received his PhD in Technology Management and Policy from MIT and his Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has served on the faculty at Duke and NYU and as a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. His interest is in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in economic growth and firm competitive success. He has been recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute, as top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society, and as a top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. 

Neil Thompson

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Randomized controlled trials in Innovation and Strategy
Moore’s Law and Cloud Computing
CRISPR Biotech and Research Tools
Executing on Innovation in Business and Academia
Neil Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before that Thompson did his PhD in Business and Public Policy at Berkeley, where he also did Masters degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. He also has a masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and International Development.
Prior to academia, Thompson worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.

Nicholas Bloom

Stanford University
Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Managerial Economics
Organisational Economics

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.

His work has been covered in a range of media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the EIB economics prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from UCL.

On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids in Stanford, in a multi-lingual English household.

Nicolai Foss

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
Warwick Business School
Research interests: 
the Theory of the Firm

Nicolai Foss is a Professor of Organization Theory and Human Resource Management at the Bocconi University, Milano. 

Educated as an economist from the Copenhagen University (1989), Foss his received his PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School in 1993, where he has been Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, before he moved to Bocconi University 1 September 2016.  His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science,Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and several other leading journals. He has published books with leading publishers, such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Nir Vulkan

Oxford University Saïd Business School
Research interests: 
Market Design
Personality and Financial Decision making

Nir Vulkan is a Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Worcester College, both at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on e-commerce and market design, and on applied research and teaching on hedge funds.

Nir is author of one of the leading texts on the microeconomics of e-commerce, The Economics of E-Commerce: A Strategic Guide to Understanding and Designing the Online Marketplace. The book analyses online trading mechanisms and the way in which web-based technologies such as bidding elves, smart agents and shopping bots, influence the behaviour of consumers and retailers. More recently, Nir has edited, with Al Roth and Zvika Neeman, The Handbook of Market Design. The handbook contains a selection of the latest research in the growing field of market design, and draws on Vulkan’s interest and expertise in markets, both virtual and those confined to particular geographical locations. He is particularly interested in how lessons from successful and unsuccessful markets can be learned and transferred to different environments.

Oliver Falck

Ifo Institute
Other affiliations: 
LMU Munich
Research interests: 
Human Capital

Oliver Falck is the Ifo Professor of Empirical Innovation Economics at LMU Munich, Germany, and Director of the Center for Industrial Organization and new Technologies at the Ifo Institute, Germany. He is also the Program Director of CESifo, the world’s second largest, Europe-based research network in economics.

Oliver Falck received his Ph.D. in Economics from Technical University of Freiberg in 2006, and received his Habilitation from LMU in 2011 on innovation and regional economic development.

He has extensive experience in applied innovation and entrepreneurship research and is co-editor of the best-selling Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, he has published in leading international journals. He has extensively advised corporates and governments on innovation and growth strategies, and has been principal investigator on various studies for German federal ministries, the local government, foundations and companies for the last ten years.

Patrick Gaule

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economics of Science and Innovation

Patrick Gaule is applied microeconomist specialized in the economics of science and innovation. He is an assistant professor of economics at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Science.

He holds a PhD from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Harvard and the NBER between 2009 and 2012.

Rajshri Jayaraman

ESMT Berlin
Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Development Economics
Labour Economics
Applied Econometrics

Rajshri (Raji) Jayaraman is an economist whose research examines the role of incentives and networks in fostering student, worker, and firm  performance. The primary aim of her research is bring empirical evidence to bear on policy design and efficacy.

She is Karl-Heinz Kipp Professor of Research at ESMT, where she also serves as faculty lead for the MBA program. Jayaraman received a PhD in economics from Cornell University and a Master’s from Yale University. She has published in the top economics journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economics. 

Rembrand Koning

Harvard Business School
Research interests: 
Social Networks
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Developing Economies
field experiments

Rembrand Koning is an assistant professor of business administration in the Strategy unit at Harvard Business School. He uses field experiments to study how executives and firms can build networks that help them learn from one another, with an eye towards how these networks foster innovation, the emergence of business ecosystems, and growth in developing economies.

He is particularly interested in linking the experimental methods used in his research to growth policy and the practice of innovation.

Rodrigo Canales

Yale University
Research interests: 
Economic Sociology
Economic Development
Institutional Theory
Organisation Theory

Rodrigo Canales is associate professor of Organisational Behaviour at Yale University. He also sits on the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and advises a number of startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms.

Rodrigo researchers the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development with particular attention for the effect of individual’s backgrounds, professional identities and organisations position on existing structures and strategies they pursue to change them.

He also works on microfinance, researching the institutional complexities of renewable energy and the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. Rodrigo holds a PhD from MIT and an MBA from MIT, and a Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Iberoamericana.  He is currently on academic leave, serving as Chief Policy Advisor to the Mexican Embassy in the US.