Dr Ehsan Khavandkar

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Ehsan Khavandkar joined the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London in September 2018, having previously taught at Aston, UWTSD and Essex. His research spans economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, network economics and knowledge ecosystem.

A unifying theme across his work is an interest in “co-creation” as an avenue to engage individuals, firms, institutions and communities in sustainable, intersectoral and collaborative innovation practices in the short and long term. At LLU, Ehsan teaches modules on entrepreneurship, intellectual property and dissertation (at postgraduate level), and also supervises dissertations, research and collaborative projects.

Academic background

Dr. Khavandkar received his PhD in Economics of Innovation (ABS-funded) from Aston Business School, Aston University, where he also began his teaching career. Ehsan also holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering, and an MSc in Knowledge and Information Systems Management from the University of Southampton.

Since joining academia, he has been involved in designing, leading and delivering various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including: emerging and transitional economies, business environment, enterprise management, innovation management, strategic aspects of organisational performance, introduction to macroeconomics etc. at different HE institutions.

Ehsan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and retains a keen interest in data-driven teaching and learning strategies and storytelling. In 2017, he received the Astonishing Academic Award (a student-led teaching award) for his achievements in teaching and providing outstanding support for the learning experience of students. With an interdisciplinary background incorporating the IS&T policy studies, economics, entrepreneurship and industrial engineering, much of Dr. Khavandkar`s recent work has focused on “co-creation and co-evolution” in innovation and knowledge ecosystems, and on policy targeted at localities.

Current research and collaborations

Dr. Khavandkar's research sits at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, economics and S&T studies. He is currently involved in a research project (United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Survey - UKSTP Survey; with ABS and BBS) that seeks to better understand the dynamics of co-creation and co-evolution in the UK science and technology parks, and how spatial proximity shapes the onsite firms` cognitive structure and perceptions of organisational, social and technological proximities, and what these mean for innovation and knowledge ecosystem design in Britain.

Dr. Khavandkar is currently interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Economics of innovation, systems of innovation, evolutionary processes and S&T policy
  • Geography of innovation, innovation and knowledge ecosystems, and agglomeration studies
  • Regional and macro-level determinants of entrepreneurship, institutions and network effects.
  • Co-creation models, open innovation, innovation intermediaries [particularly, in/and for micro and small enterprises]
  • Co-evolution mechanisms, collaborative and coopetition-based business models and sustainability [particularly, in/and for micro and small enterprises]
  • Knowledge Diffusion, Intellectual capital management and dynamic capabilities

Interests and activities

Ehsan's previous research has involved working with a range of private and third sector organisations. Before joining the academia, he worked in industry as an industrial and management consultant for 5 years.

He is member of HEA (fellow), ECSB, ICSB, TIM, RICC and the Gate2Growth network.

Find his LinkedIn, Google Books and UKSTP Project

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