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.

Santosh Kesavan

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Emerging Technologies
Urban Service Delivery
Environmental Sustainability
Digital Inclusion

Santosh is a founder-trustee at Crosslinks Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India with a mission to tackle inter-disciplinary developmental challenges in critical areas such as livelihood generation, social protection, and environmental sustainability. Having started his career as a scientist in a systems analysis laboratory of the Government of India, Santosh has close to twenty years of professional experience in applied research, marketing and public policy work, both in the government and private sector.

Santosh holds an ME in Electrical Communications engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and an MBA from Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Santosh was a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard Kennedy School from 2012-2014.

Sean Carr

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Dynamics
Social Networks
Venture Capital
Financial Crises

Sean Carr is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Executive Director the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital, and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner. Previously Sean spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News and CNN. He has earned both a PhD in Management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an MSc from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.

Silva Olmo

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Economics of Education
Urban Economics

Olmo Silva is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is currently also Research Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC, LSE), as well as a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP, LSE) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). Prior to this, Olmo was a Marie Curie Fellow at University College London and a Research Officer at the CEP.

He also spent the Autumn Term of 2011 as a Visiting Scholar at the Taubman Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Olmo holds a PhD from the European University (EUI), and a Masters and Bachelors in Economics from Bocconi University.

Sofia Bapna

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance
Gender Issues
Open Innovation
Online Social Networks

Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. One stream of my research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. A more recent stream of my research centers on examining ways in which gender bias can be mitigated in the context of equity crowd funding well as in the context of networking events for IT professionals.

Sofia investigates these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.

Subrat Rout

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Economic Regulation

Subrat Rout is a PhD in Virology from University of Maryland with 12 years of experience in biomedical research and regulatory science. From 2011-2013, Subrat was a Commissioner’s Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he worked on assay development for enteric viruses causing food borne illness.

Prior to that, Subrat was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at SRI International where his work involved small molecule screening for potential targets against Dengue virus. During his career he has published several research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at prestigious scientific conferences.  Subrat is also experienced in designing and conducting randomised controlled studies (RCT) for clinical trials of new drugs, including patient enrolment and data collection as per federal safety regulations. In addition to research, Subrat is also an avid learner and his current interests include entrepreneurship and web programming using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.

Thomas Åstebro

HEC Paris
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 

Thomas Åstebro is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, and Professor of Entrepreneurship at KU Leuven (20%). He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, and is frequently mentioned in business media.

He is Associate Editor at Management Science, Research Policy, ICC, and Small Business Economics. He has been involved in starting several companies and has also worked as a management consultant. Dr. Åstebro received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and taught at University of Waterloo and University of Toronto before joining HEC.

Utz Weitzel

Utrecht University
Other affiliations: 
Radboud University Nijmegen
Research interests: 
Behavioural Finance
Experimental Finance
experimental economics

Utz Weitzel is Professor of Finance at the Utrecht University School of Economics and the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research topics  include experimental and behavioral finance/economics, corporate finance, and decision making under uncertainty; published in, amongst others, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

After his school education in Namibia, he studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany (Universities of Augsburg and Bonn) and in Great Britain (University of Reading). He obtained a PhD from the Humboldt-University Berlin and was a post-doc at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston (Chicago). Before his appointment in Nijmegen, he was affiliated with Utrecht University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena.

Viktoria Boss

TUHH Institute of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Team Composition and Formation
Data Analysis

Viktoria Boss has been a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Ihl at TUHH Hamburg since 2014. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from RWTH Aachen in Business Engineering and Material Sciences in 2012 and 2013. She also holds a Master’s degree from Portland State University in Technology Management.

Her PhD thesis centers around the formation and composition of different teams; both in the fields of entrepreneurship and sports. Her previous research includes work on ideation contests using an experimental setup.

Xavier Cirera

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade Policy
Development Economics

Xavier Cirera is an economist in the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE) unit in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in different areas of trade and competitiveness in developing countries; mainly entrepreneurship, innovation, firm level dynamics, trade policy and competitiveness and firm level dynamics. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow at the institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His current work at ITE spans over different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include supporting innovation policy programmes in Kenya, Colombia or Kazakhstan, and impact evaluations of women entrepreneurship programmes in Pakistan and Nigeria, or innovation programmes in the Western Balkans.   

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Other affiliations: 
MIT Sloan
Research interests: 
Venture Capital

Professor Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.