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Fumi Kitagawa

  • Lecturer
  • The University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School
  • 10PublicationsNumber of items in Fumi's My Publications folder on Mendeley.


I have PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham in England. Kitagawa, Fumi (2004) Universities and Regional Advantage in the Knowledge Economy: Markets, Governance and Networks as Developing in English Regions. Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham. I joined Manchester Business School in February 2011. I work at Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) and I have also become a member of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). My areas of research interest include: innovation policy, academic entrepreneurship, university-industry relationships, regional innovation systems, and industry engagement in reesarch training. Prior to joining MBS, I worked in research at European University Institute in Italy; and University of Bristol in the UK. I also worked as Assistant professor at CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy) at Lund University in Sweden. I was involved in the OECD project studying regional contribution of higher education in South Korea and Canada, while I was based at a government research institute in Japan.

Recent publications

  • ‘Entrepreneurial Universities and the Development of Regional Societies: A Spatial View of the Europe of Knowledge’ : Special Issue on Entrepreneurship

    • Kitagawa F
  • “The Fukuoka Silicon Sea-Belt Project – An East Asian Experiment in Developing Trans-National Networks” Research Briefing,

    • Kitagawa F

Professional experience


Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

February 2011 - Present

Research Associate

University of Bristol

June 2009 - February 2011(2 years)

Assistant Professor

Lund University, CIRCLE

January 2008 - June 2009(a year)


PhD in Urban and Regional Studies

University of Birmingham

October 2000 - July 2004(4 years)