1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
After completion of her two masters Public Policy and Human Development, and European Studies on Society, Science and Technology, Iris joined UNU-MERIT as a research assistant and later as a project-based researcher. She is involved in the European and Regional Innovation Scoreboard. Goal of the EIS is to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States. Iris is also part of short-term projects which study sectors within European countries or certain European geographies. One of the reoccuring themes within sectorial or geographical research are the emerging industries. These clustered sectors are seen as innovations hubs for European countries.
Beside innovation research, Iris likes to write articles about the impact of technology. She wrote Nourishment of the creative mind: How to be a public policy analyst in the era of AI for the Sankt Gallen Symposium and was selected to attend the Symposium. Within the same year, Iris published an essay - Rethinking and Designing Lifelong Learning Policy - for the student-led journal Maastricht Policy Journal.