Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Public and Social Innovation Research Group

Public and Social Innovation Research Group

The Public and Social Innovation Research Group (PSI) is a long established group that brings together people in the Business School with an interest in the development of thinking and practice in community and public service contexts.

The principal role of the research group is to act as a focus and facilitator of research across the Business School and wider University. It forms a part of the KITE University Research Centre and is led by Professor Rob Wilson.

Mission of the Research Group

The mission of the Public and Social Innovation Research group is to provide linkages with other academic groupings in the Business School and Newcastle University across the cross-cutting themes.

It also aims to provide workshops and seminars to the wider community to enable relationship-building and knowledge exchange both within the region and further afield.

Other current research in the Group

Other research currently being pursued within the group addresses a range of themes, including:

  • co-production of public services (including the use of Living Lab approaches)
  • social value and social marketplaces
  • social and community innovation
  • collaboration and innovation of organisational relationships
  • digital government, digital health and social care
  • information sharing in public services
  • innovation in and of complex environments
  • innovation policy in higher education

Current activity includes supporting the North East Local Enterprise Partnership on Business Growth and Innovation, the development of alternative approaches to managing performance in the delivery of public services.