Iris Merkelbach




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 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.

 

 

 




Selected publications by Iris Merkelbach


Research reports
Hollanders, Hugo & Iris Merkelbach, 2020, Mapping of the economic potential in Western Balkan economies, The economic fabric of an economy can be analysed by the identification of critical mass in terms of employment, turnover, and number of companies as well as the growth dynamics at the sub-sectorial level. This study provides a preliminary analysis for employment and turnover based on aggregate firm-level data for 6 Western Balkan economies (WB6): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia
Hollanders, Hugo & Iris Merkelbach, 2020, European Panorama of Clusters and Industrial Change 2020: Performance of strong clusters across 51 sectors and the role of firm size in driving specialisation, Report for the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DOI: 0.2826/451726, More information
Hollanders, Hugo, N. Es-Sadki, Iris Merkelbach & Aishe Khalilova, 2020, European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, Report for the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DOI: 10.2873/168, More information
Hollanders, Hugo, Nordine Es-Sadki & Iris Merkelbach, 2019, European Innovation Scoreboard 2019, Report for the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DOI: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/8e458033-74fc-11e8-9483-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-99539237, More information


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