Sam holds a PhD from the Australian National University, a MSc in the Structure and Organization of Science and Technology (Manchester) and a BSc Hons. (Southampton).
The changing role of the ‘knowledge production’ universities and research institutions in the ‘S&T system’, on their management, on the effectiveness of related government policies. He is co-holder of an ARC Discovery Grant ‘Managing Risk in Cross-Sector R&D Collaboration’ and supervises two PhD students working on related topics.
Sam Garrett-Jones' research and experience is in public sector management and particularly in science, technology and innovation policy development and administration. He joined the University of Wollongong with ten years experience as a science and research policy adviser with the Australian Federal government.
He has research publications on the dynamics of the higher education research system and university-industry collaborative linkages in Australia, on evaluating the outcomes of research, and on quantifying innovation and knowledge flows. He has contributed publications on the ‘triple helix’ perspective on university-industry-government relations and on the effect of ‘Mode 2’ research on scientific disciplines and institutions. In ‘Using Basic Research’ (1996) he also produced one of the leading empirical studies on the socio-economic connections of academic research in Australia’s universities.
A further research theme is technology management in developing countries. Sam has undertaken commissioned research on science and technology policy and management issues for major clients in Australia, Thailand Malaysia and Indonesia and other countries and for international organizations including UNESCO, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, AusAID and ASEAN. He has recently co-edited a book on ‘Innovation, Technology Policy and Regional Development: Evidence from China and Australia’ (Edward Elgar, 2002).
He has also worked as a research scientist in the Pacific, Europe and America.