The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a research and training institute of United Nations University based in Maastricht. The institute focuses on research and training on a range of social, political and economic factors that drive economic development in a global perspective. Special emphasis is on the process of technological change and innovation, including the governance of science and technology and on factors limiting the access to knowledge; on (public) policy analysis and evaluation; on the social aspects of growth and development, in particular the policy challenges posed by low levels of development including the limitations and possibilities for social security and other social policies; and on the relationship between global development and migration.


Prof. Tommaso Ciarli
Dr. Tania Treibich
Dr. Teresa Farinha
Prof. Bart Verspagen
Dr. Nanditha Mathew
Ana Oliveira
Florencia Jaccoud