Welcome to new colleagues at MIoIR

Welcome to new research associates that have recently joined Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.


Debapriya Chakrabarti has joined the MIOIR as a Research Associate in the ‘Place-based innovation strategies and Entrepreneurial ecosystems’ UMRI Interdisciplinary Research project, working with Elvira Uyarra, Mabel Sanchez-Barrioluengo, Philip Shapira, Kieron Flanagan and Alina Kadyrova.

She has recently completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Manchester. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research was focused on understanding infrastructural precarity, livelihoods, politics and the changing everyday practices and political economy of idol-crafting in Kumartuli, an inner-city neighbourhood of Kolkata (India). Before joining the University of Manchester, she was a Research Associate at Commonwealth Local Government Forum working with Cardiff University on understanding governance and livelihoods in South Asian borders. Her research expertise is in informal practices, livelihoods, cultural industries, the human-infrastructure interface, and sustainable urban transitions, focusing on marginalised communities in the Global South. A qualified architect, town planner, Debapriya holds a PhD in Architecture from UoM.

Suzanne Peters has joined MIOIR as a Research Associate in the ‘Addressing the net-zero and productivity challenges: How could the housing and construction sector play a key role’ project, working with Jonatan Pinkse and Graham Winch.

She has joined us from Canada where she has had extensive experience in the corporate world and has led marketing and communications for important Canadian brands. She has taught post-graduate courses at Centennial College in Toronto and an MBA class – Power and Influence in Organizations – at Carleton University in Ottawa. Suzanne is a DBA candidate at IE University and will soon deliver her final defense; her dissertation research looks at variances in stakeholder perceptions of profit- and purpose-oriented firms. Suzanne is also an alumna of our university (MBA 2014) and also holds a Master of Research in Management Sciences from IE University.