Traditional understandings of innovation emphasise the importance of science and technology research. In contrast, this paper investigates the role that arts and humanities research plays in the innovation system.
Policymakers increasingly recognise that the UK's ability to address urgent social issues and to remain competitive in global markets rests on innovation.
But innovation does not happen in isolation. It requires cooperation between government, universities, third sector organisations, entrepreneurs, businesses and consumers.
This research suggests Innovation flourishes when there is a strong knowledge base combined with a culture that embraces novelty and a diversity of ideas. It explores how the Government supports Arts and Humanities research in the UK and its role in the innovation system, as well as work carried out by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Hasan Bakhshi, Philippe Schneider and Christopher Walker
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