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Dr Catherine Lyall joined the Genomics Forum as Deputy Director in July 2012. Within her overall directorial resposniblity she has a particualr role managing the Forum's , leading on responses to consultations and developing the Forum's collobartion with the LISTEN Network in Europe.
I am an experienced science policy researcher and evaluator of knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary research activities. I have acted as a consultant to a number of public bodies including the ESRC, Scottish Funding Council, Office of Science and Innovation, Scottish Executive, European Commission, and the League of European Research Universities. I am a member of the steering group of the Edinburgh Beltane for Public Engagement and past chair of the Scottish Funding Council’s Knowledge into Public Policy Action Group.
In addition to my research activities, outlined below, I am Associate Dean (Research Careers) for the College of Humanities and Social Science.
I have an Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex. I completed a PhD on the impact of Scottish devolution on the policy-making process for science and innovation while working at the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the university, I worked for the UK civil service and held posts with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Lyall, C., Bruce, A. , Tait, J. and Meagher, L. Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity, Bloomsbury Academic.
Lyall, C., Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J. (eds) (2009), The Limits to Governance: The Challenges of Policy Making for the New Life Sciences, Aldershot, Ashgate.
Lyall, C. and Tait, J. (eds.) (2005),
Lyall, C., Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J. (2009) 'The Challenge of Policy Making' in The Limits to Governance: The Challenges of Policy Making for the New Life Sciences' (Eds. Lyall, C; Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J.) Aldershot, Ashgate, Chapter 1,
Lyall, C., Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J. (2009) 'Governance in Action for the Life Sciences: Some Lessons For Policy' on The Limits to Governance: The Challenges of Policy Making for the New Life Sciences' (Eds. Lyall, C; Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J.) Aldershot, Ashgate, Chapter 12
Tait, J., Chataway, J., Lyall, C. and Wield, D. V. (2006) , in Knowledge accumulation and industry evolution (Eds, Mazzucato, M. and Dosi, G.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 378-401.
Lyall, C. and Tait, J. (2005), in Lyall, C. and Tait, J. (eds.) (2005), New Modes of Governance. Developing an Integrated Policy Approach to Science, Technology, Risk and the Environment, Aldershot, Ashgate, 15pp.
Tait, J. and Lyall, C. (2005), in Lyall, C. and Tait, J. (eds.) (2005), New Modes of Governance. Developing an Integrated Policy Approach to Science, Technology, Risk and the Environment, Aldershot, Ashgate, 12pp.
Meagher, L.; Lyall, C.; Nutley, S. (2008) ‘’ Research Evaluation, Volume 17, Number 3, September 2008 , pp. 163-173
Suk, J.; Lyall, C and Tait J. (2008) Eurosurveilance, Volume 13, Issue 44, Article 7
Lyall, C. (2007), “”, Science and Public Policy, 34/1, 3-14.
Lyall, C. (2007), ', Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp.365-382
Lyall, C., (2005) '', Scottish Affairs, 52 (Summer 2005), pp.51-70.
Lyall, C. and Tait, J.,(2004), , Science and Public Policy, 31/1, pp.27-37.
Bruce, A., Lyall, C., Tait, J. and Williams, R. (2004), ', Futures, 36/4, pp. 457-470.
Lyall, C., Bruce, A., Firn, J., Firn, M. and Tait, J. (2004), '', Research Policy, 33/1, pp.73-87.
, Innogen WP 77 (2009)
, Innogen WP 55 (2008).
Innogen WP 54 (2008).
, Innogen Working Paper 53 (2008).
Governance, Policy and Industry Strategies, Innogen WP 44 (2006).
, Innogen WP 41 (2005).
Innogen WP 34 (2005).
, Innogen WP 33 (2005).
, Innogen WP 32 (2005).
, Innogen WP 17 (2004).
, Innogen WP 10 (2004).
, Innogen WP 3 (2003).
Short Guides to Interdisciplinarity (outputs from ISSTI Interdisciplinary Masterclasses)
Short Guide to Leading Interdisciplinary Initiatives, ISSTI Briefing Note 10 (March 2011)
Short Guide to Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research, ISSTI Briefing Note 9 (March 2011)
Short Guide for Funders of Interdisciplinary Research, ISSTI Briefing Note 8 (March 2011)
Short Guide to Developing Interdisciplinary Strategies for Research Groups, ISSTI Briefing Note 7 (October 2009)
Short Guide to Designing Interdisciplinary Research for Policy and Practice, ISSTI Briefing Note 6 (November 2008)
Short Guide to Troubleshooting Interdisciplinary Research Management Challenges, ISSTI Briefing Note 5 (August 2008)
Short Guide to Supervising Interdisciplinary PhDs, ISSTI Briefing Note 4 (January 2008)
Short Guide to Building and Managing Interdisciplinary Research Teams, ISSTI Briefing Note 3 (Sept 2007)
Short Guide to Reviewing Interdisciplinary Research Proposals, ISSTI Briefing Note 2 (May 2007)
Short Guide to Developing Interdisciplinary Research Proposals, ISSTI Briefing Note 1 (March 2007).
Other published outputs
Innogen Review: The Limits to Governance (July 2009)
Lyall, C., Tait, J., Williams, R. and Wield, D. (2006) , Research Fortnight, 8 March 2006.
ISSTI response to House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology inquiry on (January 2006).
The Limits to Governance, Innogen Briefing Note (June 2007).
, Innogen Briefing Note 1 (June 2005).
My research seeks to advance an understanding of problems of science and technology policy formation and strategic decision-making by adopting interdisciplinary and practitioner-based perspectives; my research and professional interests span:
• policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation and knowledge systems• knowledge transfer/knowledge exchange• the promotion and management of interdisciplinary research• research evaluation and the assessment of research impact• higher education funding policy • Foresight
I recently edited a book entitled The Limits to Governance: The Challenges of Policy-making for the New Life Sciences which offers a critique of the new governance agenda for science and technology in the context of the life sciences. It draws on results from a number of Innogen research projects to date and presents a mix of empirical, theoretical and case study approaches, bringing a range of perspectives to bear on the governance of the life sciences including the relationship between innovation and regulation; the impact of governance of the life sciences on developing countries; and the contested role of stakeholders in participative governance.
Our latest book, in collaboration with Ann Bruce, Joyce Tait and Laura Meagher, is entitled Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity, and will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in Spring 2011.
This has developed from an ESRC Researcher Development Initiative project that I led, the ISSTI Interdisciplinary Masterclasses, which sought to improve the practice of interdisciplinary research between the social and natural sciences. The Masterclasses aim to formalise and codify researchers’ approach to the promotion, management and evaluation of interdisciplinary research and to share this knowledge with the wider ESRC research community. Outputs include a series of short guides to interdisciplinarity available to download below.
I am currently involved in the following Innogen projects:• •
Previous projects include:• • •
I would be interested in supervising doctoral students in any of these areas.