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Hiro is Senior Lecturer in Innovation at Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Department, Aston Business School. He has a PhD from University of California at Berkeley and international experience in research and consultancy in the field of innovation and regional economic development.  The clients of his previous research projects include Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Environment, Scottish Enterprise, and South East England Development Agency. Along with Robert Huggins, he has published Competition, Competitive Advantage, and Clusters: The Ideas of Michael Porter (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as two other books: Competing for Knowledge: Creating, Connecting, and Growing (Routledge, 2007) and The Global Competitiveness of Regions (Routledge, 2014).

Teaching Activity

  • BS3355 Innovation
  • BSM932 Management of Innovation


PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests

Innovation, Knowledge-Based Economic Development, Video Game Industry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

External positions

External Examiner, Open University

1 Sept 2016 → …

External Examiner, Birkbeck, University of London

1 Sept 201131 Aug 2016


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