Incentivising entrepreneurial academics; the bricks and mortar of an entrepreneurial university

Katie Jenkins, Briony Turner

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The paper draws on a UK review of 17 academic research projects that develop
innovative research models, tools or datasets, and are focused on adaptation to
changes in the built environment at the building, suburban, or city level. The review is used to illustrate the limitations and potential benefits of supporting academic entrepreneurialism with the aim of increasing the availability of research for uptake by interested users from industry and local governance.

University culture and overarching national research assessment frameworks,
entrenched in the legacy of printed press, may unintentionally hinder enhanced
availability of research for uptake and the motivation for academics who wish to
become academic entrepreneurs. Drawing on examples of niche activities and
investment mechanisms, the paper highlights how entrepreneurial universities and funders could act to enhance support, facilitate, recognise and reward provision of research for uptake by interested users. Such support could enable more academic entrepreneurs, and through increased uptake of research in policy and practice shorten the lag time between research discovery and its implementation. Benefits of this include the potential to improve our built environment response to environmental change both domestically and internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Entrepreneurial
  • academic
  • built environment

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