Regional Innovation Performance

At the center of this research stands the question of how the innovation performance of spatial units (e.g. regions ) can be empirically measured and what factors explain its inter-regional variance.

My work is dedicated to approaching regional innovation performance as regions’ “innovation efficiency”. Regional innovation efficiency describes the relationship between existing regional knowledge inputs (e.g. R&D capacities) and the innovation output (e.g. product innovations, patents) of regional innovation activities. My work particularly advocates the use of robust non-parametric efficiency analysis and on how innovation efficiency thinking can inform  the design and adaptation of region-specific innovation policies.