Allen is a senior researcher, investigating the role that innovation and knowledge-based capabilities play in enabling a transition toward the Circular Economy (CE), in particular focusing on Circular Acceleration. At product/service level this considers Circular Innovations; at firm-level Circular Business Models and at regional, national or societal-level, how CE principles contribute to socio-economic transition theories. His prior engineering career provides him with unique skills and has enabled him to team up and research alongside colleagues in the Marine & Maritime Renewable Technologies, Transport & Mobility and Construction. As Principal Investigator he holds a number of UKRI and European-funded research grants, leads a team of CE researchers based on the Penryn Campus, and is an active member of a number of high-profile academic networks focusing on innovation.
Awarded the Global Innovation Fellowship 2019-2021 by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM); is part of the BEIS Project Review Group; reviews for the UKRI - BBSRC, NERC & Innovate UK programmes and has held various appointments for EU Horizon 2020 and European Institute of Innovation & Technology. He was also selected as a Peter Pribilla-Siftung Foundation Innovation Fellow at the Technical University of Munich and a visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Leading Innovation & Co-operation at HHL Graduate School of Management, Germany.
Allen released his latest book in 2020,The Radical Innovation Playbook and is published extensively in world-leading and world-class, peer-reviewed research journals. He is also a Member of the Association for Project Management, Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Petyer has a PhD in engineering from the Univesiry of Exeter.