Kirsty de Jong

Project Coordinator · Research Associate & Project Coordinator
School of Management · 'Science for Technological Innovation' National Science Challenge

Kirsty is a Research Associate in the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI), one of the 11 National Science Challenges launched in 2015. SfTI is a 10 year, multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a high tech New Zealand economy using physical sciences and engineering. Kirsty’s research is part of the social science Spearhead Building New Zealand’s Innovative Capacity (BNZIC) involved, who are undertaking a ten-year longitudinal study on the human capacity and relational capacity of scientists in New Zealand’s innovation system.

Kirsty’s research focuses on the 50 high risk and reward Seed projects and the larger Rangatahi (youth-led) Spearhead. Her specific research interests are in behavioural science and innovation policy. In addition, she is involved in project managing the BNZIC Spearhead and it’s research outputs, which includes 20 academics based in New Zealand and abroad


Master of Museum and Heritage Practice with Distinction, Victoria University of Wellington

Double Degree in Marketing and Art History, Victoria University of Wellington


de Jong, K., Daellenbach, U., Davenport, S. Haar, J., & Leitch, S. (2019). Giving Science Innovation Systems a 'Nudge.' Technology Innovation Management Review 9(10), 51-61.