Robin Brighton has over 30 years of consultancy experience in science, innovation and higher education. Robin advises on policy research and development, strategy and action planning and impact assessment and evaluation. He has in-depth experience of knowledge exchange between the science base and external partners and has evaluated and advised on all forms of higher education-business links. He has undertaken many assignments on the roles of universities and research institutes in sub-regional, regional and national economic development. His higher education work also encompasses teaching and learning, widening participation, internationalisation and strategy development.
Robin designed an economic development strategy for the King Abdullah University of Science and technology; a new co-ed and post graduate University established to contribute to diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy, and reviewed the research infrastructure for a study of high-technology industry in Oxfordshire commissioned by the University and other stakeholders. He directed a study for the BBSRC to develop an evaluation framework for investments at the Babraham Research and Innovation Campus and has reviewed the impacts of large scientific facilities. He has recently led a number of assignments for the European Commission on: evaluating demand-side innovation polices; the policy implications of 'Science 2.0'; and interactions between supply and demand-side innovation policies.
Before joining SQW he was Senior Economist at the Welsh Development Agency and a University lecturer in economics.