Maki Umemura is a Senior Lecturer in International Business. Her research has been concerned with the evolution of industries at the technological frontier. She has expertise in the political economy of biomedical innovation and the healthcare industry. A new strand of her research concerns green energy, energy transitions, and the strategies East Asian firms and government have adopted in the context of climate change. She has attracted funding on projects relating to different aspects of innovation, including the Wellcome Trust, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee and the Michelin Fellowship. Maki Umemura also been a visiting researcher at the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics, the Academy of Management, the Association for Business Historians and the Business History Society of Japan. She is also on the editorial board of the journal, Business History.
Research themes: Evolution of frontier industries (ex. biomedicine, renewable energy) in East Asia, Role of expectations in shaping technological development, Market categories
Collaboration with FFJ
2015 FFJ/Michelin Fellow
Stay: May 2015 – September 2016
Maki Umemura was the first FFJ/Michelin Fellow in 2015. During her stay she participated in the CNRS - FFJ - JST/RISTEX International Workshop: Engaging Society in Innovation and Creativity. Perspectives from Social Sciences and Humanities. She also organised a workshop entitled "Energy governance and sectoral trajectories: France and Japan in evolutionary perspective". Maki Umemura also wrote a Research Statement and a Discussion Paper entitled: Government Policy and the Evolution of Japan's Photovoltaic Industry, 1961-2014. Part of her recently co-authored publication in Energy Research and Social Science was inspired by this research.
Selection of publication
Timur Ergena, Maki Umemura, "Shifting patterns of expectations management in innovation policy: A comparative analysis of solar energy policy in the United States, Japan and Germany", Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 79, September 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102177