Dr. Michiko Iizuka


Research group(s):
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy

Michiko Iizuka is a policy specialist in the field of development, innovation and sustainability. Since 2008, she has been a research fellow at the United Nations University-MERIT. Her main areas of interest are: (1) innovation systems in the context of developing countries; (2) the role of innovation policy in the development process; (3) the impact of global institutions such as standards and global agreements on local capacity building; and (4) innovation in areas of agriculture, natural resources and environmental technology. 

She is a coordinators for Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP), a training course targeted to policy makers in Developing Countries since 2013.

Prior to working for UNU-MERIT, she worked  at International Development Center of Japan as a researcher and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC)as an environmental officer . She has also provided consultancy works for various international, national institutions such as  UNIDO, ECLAC, EU, JICA, DFID and WWF-UK in the areas of innovation policy, industrial development and sustainable development.

She has a DPhil in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), both at the University of Sussex. She also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management from Imperial College, University of London. She is currently associated fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex.

Selected publications by Michiko Iizuka