Dr. Nordine Es-Sadki


Research group(s):
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Nordine Es-Sadki is an economist and senior researcher at UNU-MERIT. He has over 12 years of experience in innovation studies and innovation statistics and has been involved in various projects for the European Commission , the OECD, national governments and WIPO on the analysis of innovation at the national, regional and industry level. He holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University on the topic of formal technology transfer of universities, research institutes and firms. He obtained his master degree in Economics and Business from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam with distinction, and has a bachelor degree in International Economics Studies from Maastricht University .

His research interests include, knowledge/technology transfer, the measurement and analysis of Science, Technology & Innovation including social and public sector innovation, questionnaire design, surveys and their methodology, and the economics of regional innovation. He also works part-time as a economics teacher at a lyceum in Maastricht.

He currently works on the following EU commissioned research projects:

European Innovation Scoreboard 2021 - 2023

The European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) is an instrument of the European Commission, developed under the Lisbon Strategy and revised after the adoption of the Europe2020 Strategy to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States. It forms a comprehensive benchmarking and monitoring system of research and innovation trends and activities in Europe. It is commissioned by the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs .

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2023

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) is based on the methodology of the IUS and provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. It is commissioned by the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs .

Preparation of the CIS Methodological Manual and the CIS 2024 questionnaire 

The CIS based innovation statistics are part of the EU science and technology statistics. Surveys are carried out with two years' frequency by EU member states and a number of ESS member countries. It is commissioned by the European Commission, DG Eurostat. Time period 2023-2024.


Funded by Horizon Europe under the call Research and innovation on cultural heritage and CCIs, the LibrarIN Project will examine ways that libraries can develop new functions, services and engagement with the individuals, organisations and communities they serve. This will be achieved through social innovation based on public value co-creation and a demand-driven design of library services. 


TWIN4MERIT project funded by the WIDERA/Twinning call for proposals of the Horizon Europe programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union. 

ICT Statistic Review 

This review was launched by Eurostat with the purpose of assessing the relevance of statistics on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) produced in the framework of the European Statistical System (ESS).


Selected publications by Nordine Es-Sadki