Dr François Nel

Dr François Nel is Reader in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Media Innovation Studio of the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He gained his doctorate from City University London, where his research explored the decision-making of journalistic innovators in the newsroom, boardroom and classroom. He specialises in media innovation and leadership development. He is a  founder and convenor of the Digital Editors Network (UK), a Fellow of the European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP) and a 2013 National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. François is the first academic to become an executive member of the World Editors Forum and has worked to support entrepreneurial individuals and forward-thinking organisations worldwide, including News UK, Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, CN Group, Times Media Ltd (South Africa), and the World Editors Forum.

• francois @ innovationresearchgroup.com • @francoisnel Academia • LinkedIn

Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis

Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis gained her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where her empirical research explored the effects of dialogic argumentation on the critical thinking of young adolescents. Her specialism is statistical analysis. She is a freelance academic and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.

• coral @ innovationresearchgroup.com • @milburncoral • Academia LinkedIn

Daniel Jessop

Daniel Jessop (BSc Econ) is our data analyst and research support. He gained his degree in Economics from the University of Leeds and worked as an analyst in an investment bank and also in retail.  His interests are survey analysis, data modelling, inferential research methodology.


A casual conversation about data in the Barclay Room at Oxford University sparked a partnership that led the two Green Templeton College-affiliated scholars to collaborate on a global study that underpins, amongst others, a two reports for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), a string of academic papers- and the establishment of the Innovation Research Group.


Our projects, including  World Press Trends and  The World News Publishers Outlook report and related academic articles, are made possible through collaboration with a variety industry partners, including WAN-IFRA, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, and DEN, the Digital Editors Network, and  scholars:

  • Dr Katja Lehtisaari of  University of Helsinki
  • Dr Datis Khajeheian of University of Iran
  • Dr Aske Kammer of IT U niversity of Copenhagen
  • Dr Castulus Kolo of Macromedia University  of Applied Science, Munich
  • Miguel Crespo of University Institute of Lisbon
  • Dr Alba Silva of University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Ali Alrowaili of the University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Oscar Westlund of the University of Gothenburg

We welcome conversations with others who share our interest in research with impact, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.



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