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Dr Dinar Kale

Dinar Kale

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Global Studies
  • Development
  • dinar.kale

Professional biography

I hold an MSc in Organic Chemistry (University of Pune), an MBA in Marketing Management (University of Pune) and a PhD (The Open University Business School). My work concerns investigating issues that help or hinder innovation and development of the healthcare technology industries from developing countries. Before starting my PhD studies I worked in India with a biotechnology company and a highly respected medical device company managing operations in Western India region. After completion of my PhD, I joined DPP on an ESRC funded project ‘Issues involved in the diffusion of knowledge through migration of scientific labour in India’ and followed by School of Management at the University of Surrey. I am currently working as a Senior Lecturer in International Development and Innovation at the Development Policy and Practice group. I am also associated with the Innogen Institute and School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.


Research interests

My research focuses on the issues of knowledge transfer, dynamics of innovation and industrial policy in life science industries from emerging countries. My doctoral and post-doctoral research involved significant research on industrial dynamics in industries from developing countries specifically focusing on the evolution of capabilities, technology strategies and firm-level issues involved in innovation management. I investigated the role of skilled migration in the effective transfer of knowledge in the life science industries in developing countries in my ESRC funded post-doctoral project. 

Building on that I focused on investigating various issues associated with technology strategy, industrial development and inclusive innovation in developing countries. It involved investigating the role of regulation and intermediaries such as industry associations in facilitating inclusive innovation in life-science industries in the Leverhulme Trust funded project. This project concentrated on the life-science sector and covered institutional and firm-level issues in the medical device and biotechnology industries in India and South Africa.  The broader aim was to understand the implication of inclusive innovations in ensuring affordable and accessible healthcare for poor people in developing countries. My work on the Indian medical device industry reveals a disconnection between industrial technology policy and healthcare objectives in emerging countries, which hinders the development of the medical devices industries. Over the years I have published my research in leading journals in the area of Business Studies (BS), Development Studies (DS) and Innovation Studies (IS) such as the British Journal of Management, Research Policy, World Development and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 

Continuing the research stream, I am currently leading work packages on the two ESRC-GCRF funded projects looking at 'Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa'' and 'Migration of Inclusive Growth in Africa'. 


Teaching interests

I am currently involved in teaching postgraduate modules on Global Development Management. It includes managing introductory module:  T877 Development: Context and Practice and contributing to T878 Capacities for Managing Development. 

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Migration for Inclusive African Growth

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Sep/201828/Feb/2021ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
A new wave of economic dynamism in Africa has created a pressing challenge of translating this elite-based, resource-driven growth into more inclusive growth. Africa’s growth has intensified contemporary migration within and to the continent, with important implications for sustainable and inclusive growth in both ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ contexts. Therefore, the aim of the project is to understand how and to what extent contemporary migrant communities are taking advantage of, and contributing to, sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. Despite being an important channel for trade, investment and skills development, little is known about the nature and potentially transformative outcomes of these diverse migration flows. In addressing this, the novelty of this project is threefold: (1) in analysing the impacts of migration through the lens of inclusive growth, (2) in exploring internal, regional and intercontinental migration together and moving the study of migration and development beyond South-to-North flows, and (3) in co-designing policy responses and capacity-building resources for optimising the contribution of migration to inclusive African growth. This proposal arises out of an ESRC GCRF network grant that has identified, through a series of workshops hosted by the African partners, that our knowledge of the size, motivations, organisation and impacts of recent flows of migrants and their relations with host communities is largely anecdotal, while official data is fragmented, inaccurate or partial. This proposal will produce the first multi-country comparative study of these groups in Africa, with a focus on how and with what impact these groups operate in the manufacturing and service sectors of four African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique) that are all on the OECD DAC list.

How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Sep/201828/Feb/2021ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
This new project is supported by the ESRC under the GCRF Inclusive Societies initiative. It aims to demonstrate the benefits for inclusive development of linking local industrial and social innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It will do this by addressing the “hard case” of increasing access to cancer care in East Africa.

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