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Advanced Oxford is evidence-led. Our reports and research provide insight, analysis and a united voice for our members on the key issues affecting the development of the innovation ecosystem in the Oxford region. We generate and commission our own research and use this to support and inform key stakeholders involved in the development of the business environment, infrastructure and policy. You will find Advanced Oxford reports and other relevant publications and resources below.

Open research projects

Advanced Oxford is undertaking a range of research projects, which have not yet been completed or published.  As our work is research-based, drawing on evidence and insight from innovation-based businesses and organisations, if you would like to participate in one of our research projects, or if you would like to find out more about these areas of work, please contact us.

Contributing and responding to Local Plans across Oxfordshire

Advanced Oxford is preparing submissions and responses to Local Plan consultation stages across the five Local Planning Authorities in ... read more

Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine 2023

This work has now been published - to view the report, dashboard and other material, please go to our Innovation Engine page ... read more

Gender diversity within Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem

Addressing barriers to participation Making full use of potential and existing talent is essential in any innovation ecosystem. ... read more

Growing and diversifying equity investment

Growing and diversifying the supply of equity investment into Oxfordshire-based science companies Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine ... read more

Our reports

The convergence of life sciences and technology
The convergence of life sciences and technology

New research from Bidwells, working with YouGov and Advanced Oxford, tracks the growing relationship between life science and ... read more

Attract, Retain, Grow
Attract, Retain, Grow

Building the skills and talent pipeline for Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem Access to skills and talent - acquiring and retaining ... read more

Developing skills, accessing support
Developing skills, accessing support

Advanced Oxford’s skill report – Attract, Retain, Grow, contains references to a number of organisations, institutions, providers and ... read more

Discussion paper – Gender diversity in Oxfordshire’s knowledge economy companies
Discussion paper – Gender diversity in Oxfordshire’s knowledge economy companies

This report, authored by Professor Simonetta Manfredi and Alexis Still from Oxford Brookes Business School, provides a snapshot of ... read more

Powering Up for the Green Recovery
Powering Up for the Green Recovery

Our project on the Oxfordshire's green recovery and green economy was published on 25th November, 2020.  Please go to our Green ... read more

Post-pandemic Economic Recovery
Post-pandemic Economic Recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic and the associated actions implemented to reduce the spread of the virus will create significant changes within ... read more

Will Covid-19 affect early-stage investment into the knowledge economy?
Will Covid-19 affect early-stage investment into the knowledge economy?

New research from Advanced Oxford, in conjunction Oxford Investment Opportunity Network, provides valuable insight from a group of ... read more

The impact of Covid-19 on a group of innovation-based companies – a report of our survey findings
The impact of Covid-19 on a group of innovation-based companies – a report of our survey findings

Advanced Oxford has been collecting insights from Oxfordshire-based innovation/R&D companies since the start of the lock-down ... read more

Oxford station regeneration – Advanced Oxford’s statement of priorities
Oxford station regeneration – Advanced Oxford’s statement of priorities

Advanced Oxford is a member of a group convened by Network Rail, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to refine the ... read more

Advanced Oxford: Housing Matters (2019)
Advanced Oxford: Housing Matters (2019)

Advanced Oxford has undertaken research into the factors affecting employees’ decisions to work in Oxfordshire... read more

Advanced Oxford: Quality of Life Survey (2019)
Advanced Oxford: Quality of Life Survey (2019)

Advanced Oxford has undertaken research into the factors affecting employees’ decisions to work in Oxfordshire... read more

Other research & publications

Innovation Hot Spots

New research, published today by The Centre for Cities, examines the geography of innovation clusters, taking an alternative approach ... read more

Changes to Venturefest Oxford and end of annual event
Changes to Venturefest Oxford and end of annual event

A new era for Venturefest Oxford as the regional innovation ecosystem matures, with the end of the annual event and closure of ... read more

The role of universities in driving overseas investment into UK Research & Development
The role of universities in driving overseas investment into UK Research & Development

Universities play an important role in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the UK, but this report from the Higher Education ... read more

Report on improved Oxford to Cambridge cycleway
Report on improved Oxford to Cambridge cycleway

Varsity Way cycle route could boost active travel across the Oxford - Cambridge Arc Plans for an improved 'Varsity Way' cycle route ... read more

Radical Capital
Radical Capital

Supercharging the Oxford - Cambridge Arc Radical Capital, a think-tank report from Bidwells, in Partnership with Blackstock, ... read more

Benefits from life sciences clustering
Benefits from life sciences clustering

A new framework to consider benefits for life sciences clusters to local communities. Published by MedCity, cluster organisation for the life sciences sector in London. read more

Emerging Energy Tech – a report from Harwell Campus’s Energy Tech cluster and Tech Nation
Emerging Energy Tech – a report from Harwell Campus’s Energy Tech cluster and Tech Nation

The Harwell Campus Energy Tech cluster, working with Tech Nation, has released a new report that explores the development of the ... read more

Pathways to a zero carbon Oxfordshire
Pathways to a zero carbon Oxfordshire

Pathways to a zero carbon Oxfordshire - a report from the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and Bioregional, ... read more

Spotlight on Spinouts
Spotlight on Spinouts

The Royal Academy of Engineering, working with Beahurst, published the Spotlight on Spinouts report in January, 2021.  The analysis ... read more

Oxford heads PWC/Demos Good Cities for Good Growth (2020)
Oxford heads PWC/Demos Good Cities for Good Growth (2020)

The Demos - PwC Good Cities for Good Growth has been published based on data from 2020.  The index, which looks at a range of issues ... read more

Women and spin-outs – new research from Oxford Brookes University
Women and spin-outs – new research from Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University, a member of Advanced Oxford, has published their latest project report on The Spinout Journey: Barriers and ... read more

The Oxfordshire Innovation Ecosystem
The Oxfordshire Innovation Ecosystem

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) working with Beauhurst, the platform that tracks the UK's fastest growing companies, ... read more

Office and lab demand resilient in the face of Covid-19
Office and lab demand resilient in the face of Covid-19

New research from Bidwells looks at take up of offices and labs during Covid-19. Oxford and Cambridge have remained resilient. The research highlights the benefits of clustering and critical mass. read more

Business insight into effects of Covid-19 on innovative businesses
Business insight into effects of Covid-19 on innovative businesses

Advanced Oxford member, Oxford Innovation, has recently undertaken an analysis of innovative SMEs based in the south east of England, ... read more

New report urges policymakers to streamline planning to support the growth of the Golden Triangle’s knowledge economies
New report urges policymakers to streamline planning to support the growth of the Golden Triangle’s knowledge economies

A life sciences super-cluster across the Golden Triangle between Oxford, Cambridge and London could help power Britain’s economic ... read more

‘A Life Sciences Ecosystem like no other’ – OXLEP sets out how Oxfordshire has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic
‘A Life Sciences Ecosystem like no other’ – OXLEP sets out how Oxfordshire has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) has produced an overview of how the region's innovation ecosystem has responded to ... read more

Fuelling an Entrepreneur’s Fire
Fuelling an Entrepreneur’s Fire

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has been helping start and scale up businesses who struggle to gain access to funding for over ... read more

Oxford business space needs fast tracking to match ‘Global Talent Visa’ commitment, Bidwells’ latest research
Oxford business space needs fast tracking to match ‘Global Talent Visa’ commitment, Bidwells’ latest research

Key findings: Prime office rents up almost a quarter in last 12 months Now at all-time high of £43.50 psf, just behind prime ... read more

The Oxford Cambridge Innovation Arc
The Oxford Cambridge Innovation Arc

Seen as one of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Europe, the arc is home to 3.7 million people, generates over 1 ... read more

Gender & University Spinouts in the UK
Gender & University Spinouts in the UK

This latest report from Oxford Brookes gives a unique overview of the UK spinout landscape from a gender perspective. The focus is on ... read more

Oxford Cluster Map
Oxford Cluster Map

This online map plots the business, tech, science and entrepreneurial landmarks in Oxford... read more

Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (2019)
Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (2019)

Published by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) sets out an ambitious economic plan for the region which builds on Oxfordshire’s strong foundations and world-leading assets. read more

Bidwells – Our view on Oxfordshire Industrial, summer (2019)
Bidwells – Our view on Oxfordshire Industrial, summer (2019)

Bidwells has published its latest insight on the industrial property landscape and environment for summer 2019. read more

Good Growth for Cities (2018)
Good Growth for Cities (2018)

The Good Growth for Cities Index, in its tenth year, explores the drivers of long-term improvement in good growth across the UK.  The ... read more

Science & Innovation Audit (2017)
Science & Innovation Audit (2017)

This report looks at four tightly defined science and technology areas in which the county is the leading edge of research, application and innovation: autonomous vehicles, digital health, the use of data from space and technologies underlying quantum computing... read more

An economic analysis of the Cambridge-Oxford Corridor (2016)
An economic analysis of the Cambridge-Oxford Corridor (2016)

This study by SQW and Cambridge Econometrics provides an economic analysis of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor, using an ... read more

The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine Update (2016)
The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine Update (2016)

The updated Oxfordshire Innovation Report looks at the impressive growth of Oxfordshire’s economy and the high-tech cluster, a strengthening of the research infrastructure and some significant improvements in support services and facilities since the 2013 report... read more

The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine (2013)
The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine (2013)

Drawing on the contributions from local high-tec firms, local government, research establishments and the investment and professional services, the report provides an analysis of the factors that have led Oxfordshire to become one of the UK’s most significant centres for science-based research and enterprise... read more

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