Professor Jakob Edler is Executive Director of MIoIR (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research) at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK and Professor of Innovation Policy and Strategy.
His field of activity and publication comprise: Evaluation and conceptual development of RTDI policies, demand based innovation policy and public procurement, European Innovation Policy and Modes of Governance; Comparative Research on Internationalisation Strategies in Science and Technology Policy; Internationalisation of Industrial R&D and Public Research, Knowledge Supply and Technology Transfer; Industrial Knowledge Management and Patent Strategies.
Jakob has advised the EU, OECD and a range of governments and published intensively on these issues, both in studies and in numerous expert groups.
As for evaluation, he has worked academically on concepts of Meta-Evaluation and Evaluation Synthesis and has suggested a scientific approach to using existing evaluation insights for secondary analysis that has been used in a previous large scale study and which will be utilised for this study.
He has also conducted numerous projects for various European and regional governments and the European Commission.
He has been member of several evaluation expert groups at EU level, analysing the impact of the Framework Programme as well as individual instruments.
He recently also has advised DG Regio on evaluation practices and lessons to be learned for innovation policy.
Jakob has also advised an international network of policy makers to understand evaluations and thus to learn about policy effectiveness more effectively.
Further, with colleagues from Manchester and Berlin he has developed an evaluation concept on the European Lead Market Initiative and also worked on the framework conditions for innovation for NESTA.
Before joining Manchester University in 2007, he was Head of the Department Innovation Systems and Policy at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Germany.
Since October 2010 he has been a board member of the new association of leading European institutes for studies of policies for research and innovation policies (EU SPRI FORUM).