Fiona Lettice


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Personal profile

Key Research Interests

My areas of research interest and expertise are: innovation management and new product development - including disruptive, green,open, social and responsible innovation; diversity management; buyer-supplier relationships; social media and branding.  These have been across sectors, but some sectors such as automotive, law and Higher Education have featured more strongly in my research.


I am Professor Emerita of Innovation Management in the Norwich Business School, UEA and was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) from 2016 to 2023.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University.  

To support my research, I have successfully raised external research funding from the European Commission, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) worth over £2m. I have served on the EPSRC College of Peers (1996-2013) and also review proposals and final reports for ESRC and EC. Between 2005 and 2009, I served on the AHRC/EPSRC Advisory Committee for the Designing for the 21st Century Initiative.

I have co-authored over 100 refereed journal and conference papers, in academic journals including Research Policy, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, R&D Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Applied Energy, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Technology Management and Journal of Knowledge Management. I have won Best Paper Awards at the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference and at the eBusiness and eWork Conference. I also received an Emerald LiteratiNetwork Highly Commended Award for a journal paper in 2008.

I was Editor-in-Chief for the Team Performance Management journal (2007-2013), and I am currently on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the British Journal of Management and Team Performance Management journal.

I am an active PhD supervisor and have supervised 18 students to successful completion. I have also examined over 30 doctoral candidates as both internal and external examiner (including at Cambridge University, Warwick University, Manchester Business School, Cranfield University (Schools of Management and Applied Sciences), Leeds University Business School, Exeter University, University of Nottingham, Aston Business School and Liverpool John Moores University).

Before joining UEA, I was a senior lecturer at Cranfield University (School of Applied Sciences/School of Manufacturing/International Ecotechnology Research Centre).  Prior to my academic career, I worked in industry as a project manager for Centrica British Gas and a change consultant for BMW Rover. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

Doctor of Engineering, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

Master of Science, Cranfield University

Award Date: 1 Sep 1991

Bachelor of Science, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Jul 1990

External positions

Board of Trustees Member, Quadram Institute Bioscience

1 Feb 202031 Aug 2023

Council for Digital Tech Member, New Anglia LEP

1 Sep 2019 → …

Steering Group Chair, Seafood Innovation Fund

1 Sep 201931 Aug 2023

REF2021 Institutional Environment Pilot Panel Member, Research England

1 Nov 201831 Jul 2021

Non-Executive Board Member, National Biofilms Innovation Centre

1 Oct 201831 Aug 2023

Strategic Board Member, Norwich for Jobs

1 Sep 201828 Feb 2020

Innovation Board Member, New Anglia LEP

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2023

Norwich 2040 Vision Group, Norwich City Council

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2023

Board Member and Director, Tech East

1 Apr 2016 → …

Trustee, RADMA

1 Feb 2016 → …

Co-organiser, SyncNorwich

1 Dec 2013 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

1 Sep 2007 → …

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

1 Sep 2003 → …

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