1993 …2022
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Personal Statement

Girma Zawdie, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. is an economist with research and teaching experience gained from work overseas and in the UK. He obtained both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Strathclyde where he currently works as a Senior Lecturer. He is Director of the MSc course in Sustainability and Environmental Studies, which has been running since 1992. His teaching responsibility covers 2 undergraduate modules (Construction Management and Project Analysis); and 2 postgraduate modules (Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Financial Engineering).

He has supervised over 50 M.Phil and Ph.D. students and has published an equivalent number of papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, books and monographs. Areas of his research focus include technology choice and transfer; triple helix and innovation systems; and policy issues relating to the environment, world poverty and sustainable development. Countries of his research focus include Ethiopia, Malawi, Pakistan and countries of the Maghreb region and South East Asia. He initiated and co-ordinated link programmes of academic link, which Strathclyde had with the Universities in Pakistan and Ethiopia.  He has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Triple Helix Association since 2009. He played a key role in developing a framework for the establishment of Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Research Institute in Thailand, in 2013, commissioned by the NSTI Office of the Government of Thailand. Also, he has been co-opted to serve as member of the ESRC Peer Review College for the period 2015-2024.

He has lived and worked in developing countries as an academic, a consultant and freelance journalist. He has been co-editor of a peer-reviewed international journal, International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, since 2002; and has been appointed to be Associate Editor of the Triple Helix Journal, an open access journal published by Springer, for the period 2019-2024. He also had a stint as Managing Editor of another peer-reviewed journal, Science, Technology & Development (1994-98). He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Technology Management for Growing Economies, and Asian Journal of Innovation Policy.

He has at various times played key roles in the organisation of international conferences, including, among others:

The Triple Helix Paradigm for Development: Strategies for Co-operation and Exchange of Good Practice, held in Bristol (UK), in September 2006; and
The 7th International Triple Helix Conference on “University-Industry-Government Linkages in the Context of the Global Agenda of Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability,” held in Glasgow at Strathclyde University in June 2009.

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Output 1993 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
9 Citations (Scopus)
85 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access


A comprehensive optimum integrated water resources management approach at a river basin level : application at Diylala river basin in Iraq

Author: Al-Jawad, J., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Kalin, R. (Supervisor) & Zawdie, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2002 2019

  • 5 Journal or guest editorship
  • 2 Editorial board member
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Organiser of major conference

Triple Helix (Journal)

Girma Zawdie (Associate Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship

Economic and Social Research Council (External organisation)

Girma Zawdie (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee