Iris Merkelbach MSc


Research group(s):
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 graduate research assistant. 

Current projects

Currently, Iris is involved in the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2018-2019 and the Panorama project of the European Observatory on Clusters and Industrial Change. Goal of the EIS is to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States, whereas the Panorama project aims for more evidence-based cluster policies to accelerate industrial modernisation, boost entrepreneurship in emerging industries with growth potential, facilitate SMEs' access to clusters and internationalisation activities, and foster more strategic inter-regional collaboration and investments in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies. 

Past projects

During her master studies, Iris participated in the essay competition of the St. Gallen Symposium of 2018 and was selected among the 100 finalists to join the Symposium. She wrote for this competition Nourishment of the creative mind: How to be a public policy analyst in the era of AI. Within the same year, Iris published an essay - Rethinking and Designing Lifelong Learning Policy - for the student-led journal Maastricht Policy Journal, which is available at:

Selected publications by Iris Merkelbach