Dr Martin Quinn

Associate Professor in Regional Development and Public Policy

School/Department: Business, School of



I am a political economist with particular interests in regional development and industrial strategy. I first joined Leicester as an undergraduate in 1996 and was appointed to my current position in the School of Business in 2019.


My research explores the points at which the public and private sectors meet to formulate policy. i question mainstream theories of the role of the state in the economy in my work advocating for a more nuanced understanding of the development of new ideas and jobs in the economy. Over the course of my career to date I have worked on funded research projects totalling over £1.2 million in research income from a range of funders including the ESRC AHRC British Academy British Council Central Government and Regional Development Agencies. During 2021 I was seconded to the Industrial Strategy Council at BEIS as a political economist to work on a report into governance and devolution in the UK.



Quinn, M. (2021) Establishing Leadership in a Busy Governance Setting, in Sotarauta, M. & Beer, A. (2021) Handbook on City and Regional Leadership, Edward Elgar Publishing, London

Gasparin, M. & Quinn, M. (2021) Designing Regional Innovation Systems for Transitional Economies: An Ecosystems Approach, Growth and Change 52 (2) 621 - 640

Gasparin, M. & Quinn, M. (2021) The INCITE Model of Policy Development: The Case of Vietnam, Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies 28 (1) 31 - 46

Gasparin, M., Green, W., Lilley, S., Quinn, M., Saren, M., & Schinkus, C. (2021) Business as Unusual: A Business Model for Social Innovation, Journal of Business Research 125 698 - 709

Regan, A., Quinn, M., Sampson, S., Romaniuk, A., Taylor, A., Brittain, B. (2021) Governance and Devolution in the UK, Industrial Strategy Council Research Report published 31/3/2021

Gasparin, M., Brown, S., Green, W., Hugill, A., Lilley, S., Quinn, M., Schinkus, C., Williams, M., & Zalasiewicz, J. (2020) The Business School in the Anthropocene: Parasite Logic and Pataphysical Reasoning for a Working Earth, Academy of Management Learning and Education 19 (3) 385 - 405

Quinn, M. (2018 ) Policy as a Tool of Economic Imperialism, in Grady, J. & Grocott, C. (eds) (2018) ‘The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade: Developments, Trends and the Role of Supranational Agents, Routledge, London

Quinn, M. (2018), Between Liberty and Regional Leviathan: Establishing Engagement with Local Governance in Leicestershire, Regions E-Zine Volume 2 published 10th October 2018

Quinn, M. (2017) Place Leadership and the Social Contract, Local Economy 32 (4) 281 - 296

Quinn, M. (2015) The Impact of Place on Policy Outcomes, Regional Studies Regional Science 2:1, 229-235



Political economy governance of the economy regional development political economy of innovation


I currently teach international business public policy and research methods, and Foundations of Leadership. I have taught globalisation employee development knowledge management and systems of innovation in the past.

Press and media

regional and local economic development governance and devolution political economy of innovation
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