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Nicholas Vonortas

  • Nicholas Vonortas has been at HSE University since 2015.

Education and Degrees

  • 1989

    New York University

  • 1983

    University of Leicester

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2020: Training course ""Organisation of the educational process at HSE: rules and principles, regulatory and methodological issues, use of ICT"

Editorial board membership

2017 - present: Editorial Board, Journal of the Knowledge Economy (Springer)

2015 - present: Editorial Council, Foresight and STI Governance

2014 - present: Editorial Board, book series Science, Technology and Innovation Studies  (Springer) 

2013 - present: Editorial Board, Asian Research Policy

2010 - present: Editor, Science and Public Policy (Oxford Academic)

2010 - 2015: Advisory Board, Research Evaluation

2006 - 2010: Advisory Board, Innovations

Academic Supervision

for a degree of Candidate of Science

George Washington University, Anwar Aridi, Ph.D., “Knowledge Transfer from High Skilled Diasporas to the Home Country: The Case of Lebanon and the United States”, 2015.

George Washington University, Avery Sen, Ph.D., “Transformative Innovation: What ‘Totally Radical’ and ‘Island+Bridge’ Mean for NOAA Research”, 2014.

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)


“From Research Project to Research Portfolio: Meeting Scale and Complexity”, Foresight-Russia, 2015, 9(2): 38-43. (With Jonathan Linton)

“Strategic Technology Alliances and Networks”, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2015, 24(5): 490-509. (With Lorenzo Zirulia)

“Antecedents of Innovation Impacts in Publicly Funded Collaborative R&D Projects”, Technovation, 2015, 36-37: 53-64. (With Yiannis Spanos and Irini Voudouri)

“Managing Risk in the Formative Years: Evidence from Young Enterprises in Europe”, Technovation, 2014, 34(8): 454-465.  (With YoungJun Kim)

“Cooperation in the Formative Years: Evidence from Young Enterprises in Europe”, European Management Journal, 2014, 32(5): 795-805.  (With YoungJun Kim)

“Academic Entrepreneurship: An American (Individualistic) Perspective”, Asian Research Policy, 2013, 4(2).  (With James D. Kettenhofen)

“Network Structure and Robustness: Lessons for Research Programme Design,” Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2013, 22(4): 392-411.  (With Koichiro Okamura)

“Social Networks in R&D Program Evaluation”, Journal of Technology Transfer, 2013, 38(5): 577-606.

“Scale and Performance in Publicly Funded Collaborative Research and Development”, R&D Management, 2012, 42(5): 494-513. (With Yiannis E. Spanos)

“The Value of Flexibility in Adapting to Climate Change: A Real Options Analysis of Investments in Coastal Defense”, Climate Change Economics, 2012, 3(2). (With Peter Linquiti)


Public Procurement for Innovation, editor, Edward Elgar, 2015 (Co-editors, Jakob Edler, Charles Edquist, Jon Mikel Zabala)

Innovation Policy: A Practical Introduction, editor, Springer, 2014 (Co-editors, Phoebe C. Rouge, Anwar Aridi)

Handbook on the Theory and Practice of R&D Program Evaluation, editor, Edward Elgar, 2013 (Co-editor, Al Link)

Innovation Networks in Industries, editor, Edward Elgar, 2009 (Co-editor, Franco Malerba)

The Innovation Imperative: National Innovation Strategies in the Global Economy, editor, Edward Elgar, 2009 (Co-editors, Goran Marklund, Charles Wessner)

Knowledge Flows in European Industry: Mechanisms and Policy Implications, editor, Routledge, 2006 (Co-editors, Yannis Caloghirou, Natasha Constantellou)

European Collaboration in Research and Development: Business Strategies and Public Policies, editor, Edward Elgar, 2004 (Co-editors, Yannis Caloghirou and Stavros Ioannides)

Cooperation in Research and Development, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997

Cooperative Research in R&D-Intensive Industries, Avebu­ry Academic Publishers, 1991

Book chapters

“Innovation Systems of Ethanol in Brazil and the United States: Making a New Fuel Competitive” (With Luciano Cunha de Sousa, Inaiê Takaes Santos, and Demétrio Florentino de Toledo Filho) in Sergio Salles_Filho et al. (eds) Futures of Global Bioethanol: An Appraisal of Results, Risk and Uncertainties, Elsevier forthcoming 2016.

“Managing Risk in New Entrepreneurial Ventures” (With YoungJun Kim) in Yannis Caloghirou, Franco Malerba, Maureen McKelvey, and Slavo Radosevic (eds), Dynamics of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship: Business Strategy and Public Policy, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015.

“Research and Technology Alliances” in David Audretsch, Christopher Hayter, and Albert N. Link (eds.) Guide to Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015.


Protein Crystallization for Drug Development: A Prospective Empirical Appraisal of Economic Effects of ISS Microgravity, US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2015.

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Armenia, Directions in Development, core contributor, Smita Kuriakose (ed.), Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2013.

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan, Directions in Development, core contributor, Smita Kuriakose (ed.), Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2013. 

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Georgia, Directions in Development, core contributor, Smita Kuriakose (ed.), Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2013.

Promoting Strategic Alliances for Innovation Capacity, chapter contribution to the Technology and Innovation Report 2012 Exploring the South for Technology and Innovation Capacity, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

(the full list of publications is presented in CV)


“Protein Crystallization for Drug Development: An Empirical Appraisal of Economic Effects of Microgravity”, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), AMES Research Center (ARC), Emerging Space Office (ESO), 2016-2017. [Co-Principal Investigator]

“Increasing International Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Brazil and the European Union” (INCOBRA), European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, 2016-2018. [Co-Principal Investigator]

“Economic Development of Low Earth Orbit Activities”, US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2014-2015.  [Co-Principal Investigator]

“Country Case Chile: Public Research Centres”, Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD), 2015. [External Advisor]

“Sao Paulo Excellence Chair” (SPEC), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Science Foundation of the State of Sao Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil, 2014-2019. [Holder of Chair and Principal Investigator]

“Impact Assessment of Greek Research, Development and Innovation Programs 2000-2009”, General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Ministry of Education, Greece, 2014-2015.  [Co-Principal Investigator and Scientific Director]

“Choosing Emerging Technologies for Development”, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2014.  [Co-Principal Investigator]


First Conference on “Micro-dynamics, Catching-Up and Global Value Chains, Milano, Italy, 20-22 November 2019. Presentation: Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship: Configurations and Critical Dimensions.

2019 Seoul S&T Forum, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 6-7 November 2019. Presentation: Innovation Clusters; Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going, Organizational Implications.

Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2019 (ATLC2019), SciSIP Grantee Workshop, Atlanta, USA, 15-16 October 2019. Presentation: The Use of Research Portfolios in Science Policy.

Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2019 (ATLC2019), Atlanta, USA, 15-16 October 2019. Presentation: Returnee Academic Entrepreneurship in China.

Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2019 (ATLC2019), Atlanta, USA, 15-16 October 2019. Presentation: Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship: Configurations and Critical Dimensions.

Conference “Transforming Research”, Washington, DC, USA, 26-27 September 2019. Presentation: Mapping Networks in Artificial Networks Research.

Science Forum “Mission Orientation in Innovation Policy: A Critical Comparison Between China, USA, and Europe/Germany”, April 24, 2019, Beijing, China. Presentation: "Losing Appetite for Mission: R&I Policy Initiatives Beyond Health and National Defence".

Productivity, Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth with Changing Technological Paradigm - 2018 Asian Pacific Productivity Conference, July 4-6, 2018, Seoul, South Korea. Presentation: "Mission-Oriented Policy for Innovation and Growth: The Case of Shipbuilding and Offshore Drilling Industry in Brazil".
Productivity, Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth with Changing Technological Paradigm - 2018 Asian Pacific Productivity Conference, July 4-6, 2018, Seoul, South Korea. Presentation: "Talk with Academic Journal Editors".

17 Joseph A. Schumpeter Conference, July 2-4,  2018, Seoul, South Korea. Presentation: "Public Technology Transfer, Commercialization and Business Growth".

International conference “Innovation Ecosystems, Upgrading, and Regional Development”, June 6-7, 2018, Campinas, Brazil. Presentation: "Configurations of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: An Appraisal of the State of São Paulo, Brazil".

International Workshop “Evaluation and Big Data for Science, Technology and Innovation”, co-sponsored by the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Clarivate, and the Technology Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., November 8, 2017. Opening presentation: “Systematic Evaluation of STI by Public Funding Agencies”, and moderation of Panels 1 & 2.

Executive Education Program on Technology management and Policy, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., November 6, 2017. Lecture: “STI Policy Evaluation: Introduction and Economic Considerations”.

Annual Meetings of the Technology Transfer Society, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, November 4, 2017. Presentation: “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in China”.

Annual Meetings of the Technology Transfer Society, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, November 3, 2017. Presentation: “Firm Innovativeness in Brazil”.

VII International Academic Conference “Foresight and STI Policy”, November 1-2, 2017, Moscow, Russia. Presentation: "Corporate Foresight and Innovation: Effects of Integrative Capabilities and Organizational Learning".

15th Globelics International Conference, Athens, Greece, October 12-13, 2017. Presentations: “Backbones of the Knowledge Economy? Universities and the Dynamics of Technology Upgrading in a Developing Country” and “Open Source Foundations as Social Innovators in Emerging Economies: The Case of Brazil”.

US Patent and Trademark Office Conference “Economic Impacts of Intellectual Property on Market Outcomes”, USPTO, Alexandria, VA, September 22, 2017. Expert comments on “Protecting Innovation Through Patents and Trade Secrets: Determinants and Performance Impacts for Firms with a Single Innovation” by D. Crass, F. Garcia Valero, F. Pitton and C. Rammer.

Seminar “Social Networks in Appraising Research and Innovation”, Institute of Economics, University of Campinas, Brazil, August 25, 2017. Presentation on the topic of the seminar.

XVIII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, April 11-14, 2017, Moscow, Russia. Presentation: "University – industry collaboration: empirical evidence from Brazil".


Employment history

­­2004 - present: Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Department of Economics & Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP), George Washington University (USA)

1998 - present: Research Associate, Laboratory for Industry and Energy Economics, National Technical University of Athens (Greece)

September 2015 - present: Leading Research Fellow, Research Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)

2014-2019: “Excellence Chair” in Science and Technology Policy, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Summer 2014, 2015: Visiting foreign lecturer, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Spring 2013: Visiting Professor, Centre for Inovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), University of Lund (Sweden)
Spring 2013: Visiting Scholar, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP), Brussels (Belgium)
Fall 2012: Visiting Professor, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 2012: Visiting Scholar, Centro Universitario de Brasilia (UniCEUB), Brasilia, Brazil
2001-2012: Director, Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP), George Washington University (USA)
2001-2012: Research Associate, CESPRI-KITeS, Luigi Bocconi University, Milano (Italy)
2001-2011: Research Associate, Management Science Laboratory, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)

1998-2012: Director, Graduate Program on International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), George Washington University (USA)

1996-2004: Associate Professor, George Washington University (USA)
1990-1996: Assistant Professor, George Washington University (USA)

Short bio

Nicholas Vonortas  is  Professor  of  Economics  and International  Affairs  at  The George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is a faculty member of the Department of 
Economics and of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP). He has served for several years as the Director of both the CISTP and of the graduate program in International Science and Technology Policy.He is now the director of the Ph.D. program, Unit II, of the Department of Economics.

Professor Vonortas also holds a‘SãoPaulo Excellence Chair’ in InnovationPolicy at the Universidade Estadual deCampinas (UNICAMP), State of SãoPaulo, Brazil during the period 2014-2019.

Professor Vonortas’ teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics  of  technological change,  and  in  technology  and  innovation policy. He specializes on strategic partnerships/innovation networks, investment under uncertainty, technology  transfer, knowledge-intensive  entrepreneurship, high-risk financing,  and R&D program evaluation. He has published widely on these issues.

Professor  Vonortas has held  visiting  appointments  at several universities  including the University of Lund (Sweden), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) (Brasil), the University of Maastricht  (Netherlands),  Luigi  Bocconi  University  (Italy), the  Athens University  of Economics and Business and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). He has served  as  a  consultant  to  many  government  agencies in the  United  States,  the European Union and member countries, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Mexico and to several  international  organizations such  as  the World Bank  and  the  United  Nations on issues related to strategic partnerships, R&D program evaluation, risk investing, science 

and technology indicators, innovation systems, and industrial competitiveness.

Professor Vonortas is an editor of the peer reviewed journal Science and Public Policy. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.Phil. in Economics from New York University (USA), a MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and a BA in Economics from the University of Athens (Greece). 

Timetable for today

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Innovative Approach: Master’s Programme Prepares Managers for a Changing World

The digital era, which has come to stay, is creating demand for ever more competent managers for innovation and R&D. The English-taught master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation offered by HSE University enables its graduates to pursue careers in top IT corporations such as Google and Yandex, research institutions and universities, government agencies and international organizations. It also prepares them to launch successful start-ups.

Foresight and STI Governance no 1, 2019

The new issue of the Foresight and STI Governance journal presents the results of research on innovation systems and the development of future scenarios for both developed and developing countries.

Accent on Platform Solutions

Participants of the workshop 'The Future of Science and Technology in BRICS Countries: Challenges and Responses', the closing event of the 8th HSE Foresight Conference, shared the five countries’ experience of promoting research cooperation and the results of joint foresight studies.

Foresight as a Dialogue about the Future Should be as Broad as Possible

The annual meeting of the International Advisory Council of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge took place on 14 November. This year the Council convened before the “Foresight and STI Policy” conference, so discussions of the ISSEK’s 2018 results, its plans for the next year, and approaches and techniques for studying and foreseeing S&T development occasionally overlapped with the conference agenda. The debates highlighted major trends which could affect relevant policies in the coming years.

Foresight and STI Governance no 2, 2017

In the special issue of the journal various aspects of the integration of education, research and innovation activities of universities based on the model of “knowledge triangle” are being considered. The experts from Russia, Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Iran, Indonesia and OECD share the achievements upon the subject.

How to Manage Complexity?

The knowledge acquired at the English-language Master's programme of the Higher School of Economics “Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation” allows to launch new value chains, create knowledge-intensive businesses, and open new markets, in general, the power of science changes reality. During the Open-Door Day, the prospective students discovered what is needed to be considered for this programme and to realise the maximum potential of the programme.

'The Government and Universities Should Complement One Another in Social Policy'

An important area being researched today is the relationship between universities and the government in the formation of socioeconomic policy, and this discussion was raised at the international seminar ‘Universities, Inclusive Development, and Social Innovation’ that took place as part of HSE’s XVIII April International Academic Conference.