We’re excited to introduce you to Dr Ozgur Dedehayir who joins CDE as a Chief Investigator. Ozgur (aka Oz) also works within the School of Management as a Senior Lecturer. We sat down with Oz to chat about his research and his thoughts on the digital economy.
What is your research focus?
My research focuses on the emergence of innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship in the vegan food domain. These interests are fuelled by the impact such research can have on the formulation of effective policy strategies for economic growth, while guiding the strategic actions of new and established firms.
What excites you most about the digital economy?
Increased prospects for a more educated society that can come closer to global democracy (unfortunately it is having the reverse effect); increased rate of collaboration between actors in the innovation effort.
Are you an optimist or pessimist about the future?
I am a pessimist as to the future of society at large, which is now enamoured by digital technologies (e.g. Insta) which takes too much time away from philosophizing, reading, and true conversation about topics that matter, ultimately leading to the election of incompetent world “leaders” as illustrated in the year 2020. I am optimistic about a future world where technological progress will inevitably usher in a more socially/economically equal society, paradoxically, in a viciously capitalist regime.
Finish this sentence: In 2050, there will be…
In the year 2050 there will be a world in recovery mode following a large-scale world conflict brought about by the handover of hegemony from the USA to China.