Nordine Es-Sadki


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

Nordine Es-Sadki joined UNU-MERIT as a researcher in January 2011. He obtained his bachelor degree in economics from Maastricht University in 2009. In 2010 he obtained his master degree in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam with distinction. He is pursuing a PhD on the topic of knowledge flows from public research to firms. His research interests include, knowledge transfer, intellectual property rights, the measurement of Science, Technology & Innovation, questionnaire design, surveys and their methodology, and economics of regional innovation. Nordine is furthermore the course coordinator of Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship part of the MPP specialisation on Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. 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 2020 - 2021

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 2021

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 2022

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.


Co-VAL, is part of the Horizon 2020 research programme and is funded by the European Commission. The goal of Co-VAL is to provide practical recommendations for how public sector organisations can improve the development and outcomes of their services.

Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS) and the Eco-Innovation Index

The Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS) and the Eco-Innovation Index illustrate eco-innovation performance across the EU Member States. The Eco-Innovation Index shows how well individual Member States perform in different dimensions of eco-innovation compared to the EU average and presents their strengths and weaknesses. The Eco-IS and the Eco-Innovation Index complements other measurement approaches of innovativeness of EU countries and aims to promote a holistic view on economic, environmental and social performance.

Selected publications by Nordine Es-Sadki