Dr Effie Kesidou

Dr Effie Kesidou


I am an Associate Professor in Applied Economics and I joined the University of Leeds in 2012. Prior to coming to Leeds, I was a Lecturer in Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham since 2008.

My research is interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the institutional, demand, organizational factors that drive environmental innovations; to assess the impact of international sustainability standards upon firm performance; and to explain the role of city-regions and local knowledge spillovers upon firm’s innovation and productivity.

I have received funding by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by the Universities of Nottingham and Leeds.

I have published my work in Research Policy, Ecological Economics, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, World Development, Journal of Environmental Management, Business History, Business Strategy and the Environment, European Journal of Development Research, and Industry and Innovation.


Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary and has two streams: One strand focuses on industrial clusters in Emerging Economies. I have examined the impact of local knowledge spillovers upon innovation, economic performance, and internationalization of software firms by applying network methodologies, econometric techniques and the Community Innovation Survey (CIS). The other strand of my research looks at eco-innovations or green innovations, namely environmental innovations in products, processes, and services. I seek to understand the factors -institutional, demand, organizational- that drive these eco-innovations and to assess the impact of corporate environmental/social responsibility practices upon economic and sustainable performance.

Research Grants & Awards

2017-2020 BBSRC Global Challenges Research Fund, Valuing Orchard and Integrated Crop Ecosystem Services (602,831), Co-I.

2013-2015 ESRC Innovating for a Low Carbon Economy (28,106), Co-I.

2013 British Academy of Management Best Paper Award in Innovation.

2013 SeedCorn Funding for Social Science/STEM Collaborations, University of Leeds Eco-Innovation and the Porter hypothesis (2,000), PI.

2012 Collaboration Fund University of Nottingham China, Malaysia and the UK Eco-Innovation in Emerging Economies (5,000), Co-I.

2009-2010 New Researchers Fund, University of Nottingham, Drivers of Eco-Innovation (40,242), PI.

2009 Nottingham University Business School, Drivers of Eco-Innovation (4,434), PI.

2005-2006 NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Knowledge Networks and Innovation in Developing Countries (5,000), PI.

2004-2005 ECIS & TU/e,, Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Eindhoven University of Technology, Local Knowledge Spillovers and Innovation in High-tech Clusters in Developing Countries (5,000), PI.


  • PhD Economics, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • MA Development Economics, University of East Anglia, School of Development Studies, UK
  • BA Economics, University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences, Greece

Student education

Module Leader for LUBS2665 - Economics of Innovation 

Module Leader for LUBS3930 - Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy; 

Supervision of UG, MSc, and PhD dissertations.

I am interested in supervising PhD theses that use applied economic methods on the following topics: Environmental Regulation; Economics of Innovation; Sustainability; Eco-Innovation; Economic Development Systems of Innovation; Economic Geography.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement
  • Applied Institute for Research in Economics