Dr. René Wintjes

Senior researcher

Research group(s):
5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy (coordinator)
7. ICT-enabled Innovation and Societal Transformations

René Wintjes is senior research fellow at UNU-MERIT since 1998.  He studied Economic Geography at Nijmegen University. He previously worked at the Economic Institute for Medium and Small Enterprises and at the Faculty of Applied Geography and Planning of Utrecht University, where he obtained his PhD. His research projects are mostly commissioned by various DG's of the European Commission, or national or regional governments. Fields of special interest include: innovation policy, regional innovation systems in Europe, policy evaluation and impact assessment, SME innovation policy instruments, innovation and growth of ICT companies, transnational policy learning, and regional embeddedness of FDI.




Selected publications by René Wintjes


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Radicic, Dragana, Geoffrey Pugh, Hugo Hollanders, René Wintjes & Jon Fairburn, 2015, The impact of innovation support programs on small and medium enterprises innovation in traditional manufacturing industries: An evaluation for seven European Union regions, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 0(0): 1-28
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, Innovating SMEs and Regions: The Need for Policy Intelligence and Interactive Policies, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 14(2): 201-215
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, Learning innovation policy in market-based context: process, issues and challenges in EU candidate countries, Journal of International Relations and Development, 5(4): 358-380
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, Innovating SMEs and regions : the need for policy intelligence and interactive policies, Techology analysis and strategic management, 14(2): 201-215


Book chapters
Dunnewijk, Theo, Hugo Hollanders & René Wintjes, 2008, Benchmarking Regions in the Enlarged Europe: Diversity in Knowledge Potential and Policy Options, in: C. Nauwelaers and R. Wintjes (eds.), Innovation Policy in Europe, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, More information
Wintjes, René, 2008, From Case studies; International Division of Labour within ICT Companies, in: H. Meijers, B. Dachs, and P. Welfens (eds.), Internationalisation of European ICT Activities, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg
Dunnewijk, Theo, Hugo Hollanders & René Wintjes, 2008, enchmarking Regions in the Enlarged Europe: Diversity in Knowledge Potential and Policy Options, in: C. Nauwelaers and R. Wintjes (eds.), Innovation Policy in Europe, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham
Dunnewijk, Theo, René Wintjes & Hugo Hollanders, 2008, Benchmarking Regions in the Enlarged Europe, in: C. Nauwelaers and R. Wintjes (eds), Innovation Policy in Europe, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, More information
Dunnewijk, Theo & René Wintjes, 2006, Governance forces shaping economic development in a regional information society: a framework and application to Flanders, in: W. Dolfsma & L. Soete (Eds.), Understanding the dynamics of a knowledge economy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham
Wintjes, René, 2006, De groei van technostarters in de regio Eindhoven, in: W. Hulsink et al. (eds.), Ondernemen in netwerken; nieuwe en groeiende bedrijven in de informatiesamenleving, Van Gorcum, Assen
Wintjes, René & Theo Dunnewijk, 2006, Learning how to improve innovation policy in Central and East EU Countries, in: A. Jasinski (Ed.), Transition economies in the European Research Area, Warsaw University Press
Dunnewijk, Theo & René Wintjes, 2006, Governance forces shaping economic development in a regional information society; a framework and application to Flanders, in: W. Dolfsma and L. Soete (Eds.), Understanding the dynamics of a knowledge economy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham Glos
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2003, Towards a new paradigm for innovation policies? , in: asheim, B, Isaksen, A, nauwelaers, CCEMG & Totdling, F (Ed.), Regional innovation policy for small-medium enterprises, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Lyme, US
Cowan, Robin & René Wintjes, 2001, Criação da mudança tecnológica localizada: exemplos de intervenção pública, in: C. Antonelli & J. Ferrão, Comunicação Conhecimento Colectivo e Inovação; As vantagens da aglomeração geográfica, Imprensa de Ciencias Sociais, Lisboa
Wintjes, René, 2001, ICT clusterorganisations in Flanders: Co-operation in innovation in the new networked economy, in: Innovative Clusters; Drivers of National Innovation Systems, OECD-Enterprise, OECD, Paris


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes (eds.), 2008, Innovation Policy In Europe: Measurement and Strategy, Edward Elgar, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Christopoulos, George & René Wintjes, 2016, A new indicator for innovation clusters, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-023
Turkeli, Serdar & René Wintjes, 2014, Towards the societal system of innovation: The case of metropolitan areas in Europe, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-040
Radicic, Dragana, Geoffrey Pugh, Hugo Hollanders & René Wintjes, 2014, The impact of innovation support programmes on SME innovation in traditional manufacturing industries: an evaluation for seven EU regions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-033
Wintjes, René, David Douglas, Jon Fairburn, Hugo Hollanders & Geoffrey Pugh, 2014, Beyond product innovation; improving innovation policy support for SMEs in traditional industries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-032
Wintjes, René & Hugo Hollanders, 2011, Innovation pathways and policy challenges at the regional level: smart specialisation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-027


Research memoranda
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2000, SME policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation: Towards a New Paradigm for Innovation Policy?, MERIT Research Memoranda 2000-023
Wintjes, René & Jan Cobbenhagen, 2000, Knowledge intensive Industrial Clustering around Océ; Embedding a vertical disintegrating codification process into the Eindhoven-Venlo region, MERIT Research Memoranda 2000-006
Wintjes, René & Jan Cobbenhagen, 1999, Flanders Language Valley; Industrial Districts and Localized Technological Change, MERIT Research Memoranda 1999-033


Research reports
Wintjes, René, 2017, Review of empirical studies on the effectiveness of R&D subsidies; the input and output additionality from national and EU subsidies, In the frame of the SEEI project. Literature review that provided indicators for the macro economic ex-ante evaluation of FP9. Commissioned by European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, 21
Wintjes, René, 2017, Vooronderzoek kwaliteitsaspecten R&D-instrumentarium. Eindrapportage aan Interprovinciaal Overleg (IPO), Broer, Jaap, John Pertijs, Suzanne Steegman, Lilian Tilburgs, Ren? Wintjes (2017); Vooronderzoek kwaliteitsaspecten R&D-instrumentarium. Eindrapportage aan Interprovinciaal Overleg (IPO). Decisio, Amsterdam, 90
Wintjes, René, Nordine Es-Sadki, Rüdiger Glott & Ad Notten, 2016, Improved Measurement of the Economics of Social Innovation , SIMPACT is a research project funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme from 2014-2016 and is the acronym for «Boosting the Impact of SI in Europe through Economic Underpinnings». The project consortium consists of twelve European research institutions and is led by the Institute for Work and Technology of the Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen in Germany, More information
Wintjes, René, 2016, Systems and Modes of ICT Innovation, This report focuses on modes of ICT innovation at the meso level of systems and the micro level of firms. After a summary of the literature on national innovation systems, and it’s sectoral and regional applications, we discuss how the concept of innovation systems can be applied to the case of ICT innovation. A framework for indicators is proposed to characterize the performance of ICT innovation systems. Due to the multi-purpose and pervasive nature of ICT, it is relevant to extend the innovation systems concept to the societal level. The resource-based view of the innovative firm fits very well with the innovation systems perspective. Patterns in the firm-level sets (combinations, or mix) of resources and capabilities can be identified with factor-analysis and they give rise to the main types or modes of innovative behaviour. Monitoring ICT innovation systems is important as it allows us to learn how to improve the policy and performance of current and future systems. It allows us to design and improve an ICT innovation policy mix, which is tailored to the specific ICT modes of innovation, and also tailored to the prioritized mix of challenges (e.g. economic, social, environmental, health, or other impacts). Since ICT innovations emerge and diffuse fast, timing in institutional change is crucial. Setting new standards, and updating regulations can create a competitive edge. ICT innovation policy has become (and should be addressed as) a horizontal policy field which maintains systemic linkages with other policy fields. At both the system and firm level, there are several modes of ICT innovation. Policy makers should not reduce diversity by favouring only one mode. As an extension to Lundvalls’ theory on interactive learning between producers and users of knowledge, we add that policy for ICT innovation should be produced in interaction with its users, 71, More information
Sanditov, Bulat, Jojo Jacob, Alex Surpatean, René Wintjes, Simone Sasso & Ad Notten, 2015, Inventory of the patents and publications of FP7 projects in the field of ICT, The inventory includes data on 295 patents and 18,158 publications resulting from FP7 funded projects in the field of ICT (ICT theme within Cooperation Programme and eInfrastructures within Capacities Programme), More information
Jacob, Jojo, Bulat Sanditov, René Wintjes, Alex Surpatean, Simone Sasso, Ad Notten & Evgueni Smirnov, 2014, Analysis of publications and patents of ICT research in FP7, Funded by the European Commission - DG CONNECT (SMART 2011/0039), More information
Wintjes, René, Serdar Turkeli & Florian Henning, 2013, Innovation Policy in Metropolitan Areas: Addressing Societal Challenges in Functional Regions, Regional Innovation Monitor, Thematic Paper 6, More information
Kroll, Henning, Elisabeth Baier, Joost Heijs, Hugo Hollanders, E. Schricke, Thomas Stahlecker & René Wintjes, 2011, Development of a methodology for the profiling of regional economies, Final report for IPTS as part of the Erawatch Network, More information
Braun, A., V. Grimm, S. Korte, S. Rijkers-Defrasne & René Wintjes, 2011, Innovation and Industrial Policy, ETEPS Study for European Parliament's Directorate A - Economic and Scientific Policy Department. European Parliament, Brussel, More information
Wintjes, René & Hugo Hollanders, 2010, Regional impact of technological change in 2020; Synthesis Report, DG Regional Policy of European Commission, Brussels
Fairweather, J., René Wintjes, J. Williams, T. Rinne & Claire Nauwelaers, 2010, Comparison of Innovation Policies in selected European, Asian, and Pacific Rim Countries: How best to optimise Innovation Governance in New Zealand?, Research Report No. 321, November 2010. Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand, More information
Walendowski, J., H. Kroll, T. Stahlecker, E. Baier, René Wintjes & Hugo Hollanders, 2010, Innovation Patterns and Innovation Policy in European Regions - Trends, Challenges and Perspectives, Annual Report Regional Innovation Monitor. DG Enterprise, Brussel, More information
Hollanders, Hugo, René Wintjes, Adriana van Cruysen & Michiko Iizuka, 2010, Monitoring & evaluation: best practices from Austria, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden, A report by UNU-MERIT, commissioned by INECONChile for evaluation of Chilean monitoring and evaluation system for innovation policy, pp 206
Hollanders, Hugo, René Wintjes, Adriana van Cruysen & Michiko Iizuka, 2010, Monitoring & evaluation: best practices from Austria, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden. A report by UNU-MERIT, commissioned by INECONChile for evaluation of Chilean monitoring and evaluation system for innovation policy, pp 206
Wintjes, René, 2009, Peer Review among innovation agencies, synthesizing pilot results and lessons, an INNO Learning Platform report under PRO INNO. DG Enterprise, Brussels, More information
Wintjes, René & et al., 2009, Analysing and Evaluating the Impact on Innovation of Publicly-Funded Research Programmes, Benchmarking Strategies and Methodologies of National, European and International R&D Programmes, to Assess and Increase Their Impact on Innovation (ImpLore), More information
Wintjes, René, 2009, Twinning for Good Practice Transfer, synthesizing results and lessons, an INNO Learning Platform report under PRO INNO. DG Enterprise Brussels, More information
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2009, Background study on higher education and research monitoring, analysis and evaluation systems, Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania, pp1-87
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2009, Monitoring progress towards the ERA (European Research Area), ERAWATCH Report for the IPTS, European Commission, Seville, March, More information
Wintjes, René & Theo Dunnewijk, 2008, Sectoral Innovation Systems in Europe: the case of the ICT sector, Sector report for the Innovation Watch – Systematic project within the Europe INNOVA initiative. Research Report commissioned by the European Commission (DG Enterprise), More information
Wintjes, René & Claire Nauwelaers, 2008, Avaliação do impacto na inovação de programas voltados à excelência em pesquisa e o desenvolvimento regional: como descentralizar a "estratégia de Lisboa" e elaborar conjuntos de políticas de inovação coerentes?, In: Avaliação de políticas de ciência, tecnologia e inovação: diálogo entre experiências internacionais e brasileiras. CGEE: Brasilia, Page 175-210, More information
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments; The "POLICY MIX" Project. Regional case study of North-Brabant (NL), Report for DG Research, European Commission, Brussels, More information
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the "policy mix" project: sector case study ICT The Netherlands, Report for DG Research, European Commission, Brussels
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the 'policy mix' project: sector case study ICT The Netherlands, Report for DG Research. Brussels: European Commission
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the 'policy mix' project: region case study North-Brabant, Report for DG Research. Brussels: European Commission
Wintjes, René & Rebecca Schindler, 2007, Benchmarking national, European and international R&D programmes and the impact on innovation; Cases of good practice outside the EU, Report for DG Enterprise. Brussels: European Commission
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring Lisbon in a regional perspective, Report for the Committee of the Regions. Brussels: European Commission
Wintjes, René, 2007, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the 'policy mix' project: The Netherlands, Report for DG Research. Brussels: European Commission
Wintjes, René, 2006, Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the knowledge based economy in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007-2013 : The Netherlands, Report for DG Regio, More information
Wintjes, René, 2006, ICT: Scoping Paper, Research Report commissioned by the European Commission (DG Enterprise) in Innovation Watch – Systematic. Maastricht
Wintjes, René, 2006, Monitoring Jobs and Growth - The Regional Perspective; Methodological Note, Brussels: Committee of the Regions, European Commission
Wintjes, René, 2006, Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the 'policy mix' project: country Review The Netherlands, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research
Dunnewijk, Theo, Huub Meijers & René Wintjes, 2006, Internationalisation of European ICT activities (final report prepared for the European Commission JRC/IPTS), Seville: EC, DG JRC, IPTS, J04/40/2004
Wintjes, René, Andrea Ciffolilli, Hugo Hollanders, Matthieu Lacave, Michel Lacave, Nikos Maroulis, Andrea Naldini, A. Reid & J. Walendowski, 2006, Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the knowledge based economy in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007-2013: Synthesis Report, Brussels: European Commission - DG Regio
Wintjes, René, 2006, Internationalisation of European ICT activities; Evidence from case studies, Chapter VI in final report for IPTS, Seville
Wintjes, René, 2006, Monitoring Jobs and Growth – The Regional Perspective; Methodological Note, Report to the Committee of the Regions
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes (eds.), 2005, Analysis on the regional dimensions of the 3% Action Plan; ERAWATCH Prototyping Phase, Final Report to JRC/ IPTS
Wintjes, René (ed.), 2005, The expansion of the ERAWATCH knowledge base towards EU-25, Synthesis Report for the European Commission (DG JRC-IPTS and DG Research
Wintjes, René, 2005, Verankering van buitenlandse bedrijven in Nederland, Den Haag: Ministerie van EZ, Netherlands Foreign Investment
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2005, Enlarging the ERA: identifying priorities for regional policy focusing on research and technological development in the New Member States and Candidate Countries, report to DG Research. Brussel: European Commission, DG Research
Muller, E., Claire Nauwelaers & René Wintjes, 2005, Enlarging the ERA: Identifying priorities for regional policy focusing on research and technological development in the New Member States and Candidate Countries, Report to the European Commission, DG Research. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer, ISI
Dunnewijk, Theo, Hugo Hollanders & René Wintjes, 2004, Knowledge-Index South Netherlands, LWV, MERIT, Maastricht, More information
Dunnewijk, Theo, Hugo Hollanders & René Wintjes, 2004, Kennis Index Zuid-Nederland, Maastricht: Limburgse Werkgevers Vereniging & Brabants Zeeuwse Werkgever
Arundel, Anthony & René Wintjes, 2003, New Trends in IPR Policy: The challenge of strategic patenting; Summary and conclusions of policy benchmarking workshop, Innovation Trend Chart Report, for the European Commision (DG ENT), Luxembourg
Wintjes, René & Claire Nauwelaers, 2003, Improving Trans-nationalPolicy Learning in Innovation; Synthesis and conclusions, Luxembourg: European Commission, Enterprise DG
Wintjes, René, 2003, Evaluation of the Trend Chart Policy Benchmarking Workshops, 2001-2002, Luxembourg: European Commission, Enterprise DG
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2003, Identifying factors of success and failure in European IST-related national/regional developments: The case of Flanders, Seville: European Commission, Joint Research Centre, IPTS-Institute
Arundel, Anthony & René Wintjes, 2003, New Trends in IPR Policy: The challenge ofstrategic patenting, Luxembourg: European Commission, Enterprise DG
Wintjes, René, Theo Dunnewijk & Hugo Hollanders, 2002, ICT Monitor Vlaanderen: Eindrapport van een haalbaarheidsstudie, Study commissioned by IWT Flanders, 2002, More information
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, The changing role of public support to academic spin-offs, Trend Chart report for the European Commission (DG Enterprise)
Wintjes, René & Claire Nauwelaers, 2002, Improving Trans-national Policy Learning in Innovation, report under the Benchmarking innovation policies, project of the European Innovation Trendchart. Luxembourg: European Commission
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, The changing role of public transport to academic spin-offs, report under the Benchmarking innovation policies, project of the European Innovation Innovation. Luxembourg: European Commission
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2002, Identifying factors of success and failure in European IST-related national and regional developments: the case of Flanders, Seville: IPTS
Hollanders, Hugo, Theo Dunnewijk & René Wintjes, 2002, ICT Monitor Vlaanderen, Eindrapport van een haalbaarheidsstudie, voor het IWT-Vlaanderen: verschenen als WT -STudies Nr. 39, IWT Vlaanderen. Brussel: IWT-Vlaanderen
Wintjes, René, 2001, Regionaal-economische effecten van buitenlandse bedrijven; Een onderzoek naar verankering van Amerikaanse en Japanse bedrijven in Nederlandse regio’s, Utrecht: KNAG/Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Wintjes, René & Jan Cobbenhagen, 2001, Hatching, faciliteren van doorgroei bij high-tech starters, Report commissioned by Stichting CIVI (Centraal Instituut voor Industrieontwikkeling). Maastricht, MERIT
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2001, Favouring industry-science relationships through human capital mobility, Report for the European Commission (DG Enterprise)
Soete, Luc, Marjon Hagenaars & René Wintjes, 2000, Limburg op nieuwe kracht; een nieuwe economie, een nieuwe regio, NV Industriebank LIOF, Maastricht
Soete, Luc, Marjon Hagenaars & René Wintjes, 2000, Limburg op nieuwe kracht. Een nieuwe economie, een nieuwe regio, Study report commissioned by LIOF. MERIT, Maastricht
Nauwelaers, Claire, Nicole Schall & René Wintjes, 1999, SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation: The cases of Wallonia and Limburg, SMEPOL report no. 4. MERIT, Maastricht University, Maastricht
Cowan, Robin & René Wintjes, 1999, Analysis of Cluster Policy Issues and Policy Recommendations, Workpackage 4 and 5, TSER-INLOCO, Industrial Districts and Localized Technological Knowledge”, DG XII, contractnr: SOE1-CT97-1058
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 1999, SME policy and the regional dimension of innovation - SMEPOL: General policy orientations, Targeted Socio-Economic Research project for the European Commission (DG XII). MERIT
Nauwelaers, Claire, Nicole Schall & René Wintjes, 1999, SME policy and the regional dimension of innovation - SMEPOL: The cases of Limburg and Wallonia, Targeted Socio-Economic Research. Report for the European Commission (DG XII). MERIT


Conference contributions
Wintjes, René, 2016, Improving the innovation policy mix for SMEs in traditional industries , EU-SPRI Conference Lund, 2016, More information
Wintjes, René, 2007, Interim research results on innovation trends and challenges in the ICT sector in Europe, Vienna, 3th ICT Panel meeting, Sector Innovation Watch
Wintjes, René, 2007, Innovation trends and challenges in the ICT sector in Europe, Athens, 4th ICT Panel meeting, Sector Innovation Watch
Wintjes, René & Claire Nauwelaers, 2007, Evaluation of the innovation impact from programmes with the interacting goals of research excellence and regional development: how to decentralize the Lisbon Strategy into coherent innovation policy mixes?, Rio de Janeiro, International Seminar on Evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments
Wintjes, René, 2007, Diversity in knowledge-base and innovation trajectories for regions in the enlarged European Union, Beijing, Second Global Conference on Economic Geography
Wintjes, René, 2003, Measuring Innovation – EU Practices, paper presented at the Innovation Conference held at St. Petersburg Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development, 25th of March, 2003
Wintjes, René, 2003, Policy Intelligence, The role of Indicators and Benchmarking for Innovation Policy, Warsaw, Presentation on seminar for Ministery of Economy, Poland. Warsaw 10 July, 2003
Wintjes, René, 2003, Benchmarking Polish innovation performance and policy, Warsaw, Presentation on seminar for Ministery of Economy, Poland. Warsaw 12 December 2003


Theses
Wintjes, René, 2001, Regionaal-economische effecten van buitenlandse bedrijven. Een onderzoek naar verankering van Amerikaanse en Japanse bedrijven in Nederlandse regio’s, Utrecht, KNAG/Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen, PhD dissertation


Briefs
Wintjes, René & Zoran Aralica, 2017, How to select and develop Key Enabling Technologies and policies to advance manufacturing in Croatia? Localising roles for innovation researchers and policy makers, Policy Brief, SmartEIZ ? H2020-TWINN-2015, More information


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Nauwelaers, Claire & René Wintjes, 2010, Comparative review of innovation policies, for Lincoln University, Canterbury, NZ


UNU-MERIT