Aygen Kurt Dickson - research development manager
Aygen Kurt Dickson joined LSE as a research development manager (RDM) in June 2012, which was a new role for both Aygen and for the LSE.
In her role as RDM she focuses on increasing research bidding activity within the School. She provides strategic funding plans for academic units, supports academics with their research grant proposals, co-designs a grant training programme, and develops concepts into project designs. Aygen also develops extended networks with other higher education institutions, ‘policy’ bodies and other research stakeholders, which are concerned with the long-term well-being of social sciences based research.
Aygen has a PhD in Innovation Studies (a multidisciplinary field of sociology, politics and STS) which she studied as a Jean Monnet scholar, partially funded by the European Commission. She has a background in Political Science and Public Administration (BSc) and Science and Technology Policy Studies (MSc).
Before joining LSE, she worked part-time as a research support officer, and as research fellow in an EU FP7 project researching on ethical/social implications and governance of technological development process.
Her research interests on the EU’s research and innovation policy, innovation governance, the formation of the European Research Area, and how socio-political integration can be enhanced via innovation activity at sectoral and national levels, led her to engage more with research funding in a wider context of policy landscape.
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