Bettina Becker joined Aston Business School in January 2014, having previously worked as Senior Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London, Lecturer in Economics at Loughborough University and Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
Bettina holds a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College at the University of London, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Diplom (MA equivalent) in Economics from the University of Bonn, one year of which she studied Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK).
Bettina’s research focuses on R&D and innovation, SMEs, foreign direct investment and firm performance. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Anglo-German Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her work is published in international journals such as Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, and International Journal of Finance and Economics.
Position: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3339 Email: email@example.com Room: SW1019
I teach modules in Economics of Innovation, International Entrepreneurship, and Introduction to Econometrics.
Ongoing or recent work include the linkages between public R&D policy and private R&D investment; firms’ innovation objectives and knowledge acquisition strategies; standardisation and firm innovation; the determinants of R&D; the linkages between domestic and foreign R&D and differences between high-tech and low-tech industries; the labour market effects of FDI; and SMEs and regional economic growth, with a focus on regional spatial dependence. My research typically is quantitative in nature and has a policy dimension.
Enterprise Research Centre funded by ESRC, BIS, Innovate UK, British Business Bank, Phase 2, led by Stephen Roper and Mark Hart (research lead on project 8 'Linking SME data to the Science Base - An exploratory study of growth and productivity effects', joint with Mark Hart, Karen Bonner and Enrico Vanino, December 2016 - May 2017).
I am happy to supervise students in any of my research areas and welcome expressions of interest.
I have acted as Mentor under the Research Staff Mentoring Scheme.