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Austrian Institute of Technology  

Dr Susanne Giesecke is a political scientist and joined AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Department of Innovations Systems in 2005 as a Senior Scientist.

She leads the research area “Foresight” and is engaged in publicly funded research as well as in consulting projects. 

Dr Klaus Kubeczko is scientist at the Innovation Systems Department of AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH.

Klaus holds a doctoral degree in economics and social sciences. He has been working on several foresight processes and RTI-policy strategies dealing with new mission orientation towards grand societal challenges and has been advising policy makers at European, national and city level for more than 13 years. His research focus lies on developing and applying RTI system heuristics to legitimize RTI-policies such as functional innovation systems approach, system innovation and complex innovation systems. 

Klaus has a strong interest in socio-ecological-economic transitions and system innovations for sustainable development. 



Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences  
Dr Attila Havas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and regional editor of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy.

His academic interests are in economics of innovation, theory and practice of innovation policy, and technology foresight. In 1997-2000 he was Programme Director of TEP, the Hungarian Technology Foresight Programme.

He has contributed to international research projects on STI policies, innovation, as well as on foresight and prospective analyses, and been a member of several EU expert groups. 

Dr György Molnár is Head of the Public Economics and public policy research unit at IE-CERSHAS.

He graduated from mathematics and has a PhD from economics. His research interest includes household economics, social and economic inequalities and mobility, subjective well-being (happiness), marginalized social groups, poverty, and social microcredit.



Delft University of Technology  

Professor Dr C.P. van Beers has published extensively on determinants and management of innovations and how they contribute to organizational and societal performance in international journals.

He has been and is involved in many externally funded projects on innovation systems such as an EU-funded (FP 5) research program on developing performance indicators of innovation policies in small EU-countries. He is involved in the KARIM project, which is an EU-funded project on valorization of university technologies through start-up entrepreneurs in an international context. 

Martijn Jeroen van der Linden is a researcher at the TU Delft.

In 2004 he graduated from Tilburg University where he studied Business Administration. Thereafter he became a management trainee at ING where he mostly worked in the field of strategic management. Since the financial crash of 2008 new economic thinking has become more and more important to him. During the last five years, van der Linden has had various jobs in the field of social innovation - among others as coordinator of the Dutch platform for an economy based on sustainability and solidarity.

Dr Christopher J. Houghton Budd interests are in associative economics, an approach to economics that combines financial discipline with active social responsibility on the part of human beings.

He received his degree in Economic History from the University of Sussex, where he focused on the Bank of England, and then a PhD in Banking from Cass (formerly City University) Business School, London, where his thesis was on the changing relationship between central banking and the financial markets since 1973.


Dr Ro Naastepad is an economist who has worked on real-financial computable general equilibrium (CGE) models in the past.

Ro subsequently worked on economic policies conducive to technological progress and productivity growth. Her book Macroeconomics Beyond the NAIRU, co-authored with Servaas Storm, was awarded the Gunnar Myrdal Prize 2013

She is member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking  Working Group on the Political Economy of Distribution. 



Heidelberg University  
Dr Georg Mildenberger is head of research at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg.

He has been working at CSI since 2007, and coordinated the CSI's Master's programme in 'Nonprofit Management and Governance.' He was also project manager of several research projects.

From 2002 to 2007 he was a post-doc researcher for the Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at Tübingen University, where he directed a variety of projects in the areas of ethical education and public discourse on ethics. 

Dr Gudrun-Christine Schimpf works as research associate at Heidelberg Centre for Social Investment (CSI) where she is involved in different research projects.

Gudrun-Christine Schimpf holds a doctoral degree of Heidelberg University and a master’s degree in history and political science. During her studies she spent a year abroad at the University of Kentucky (USA), were she concentrated on cultural history and gender studies.

For her doctoral thesis on the development of cultural politics in Frankfort on the Main between the poles of patronage and public funding (1866-1933), she has been awarded the 2005 Otto-Borst-Preis.

Thomas Scheuerle is senior research associate at the CSI.

He has been involved in different projects. His main topics here are scaling strategies, financing and impact measurement (SROI) of social enterprises and foundations.

Thomas Scheuerle holds a Diploma degree in economics and a Magister Artium degree in media & communication science, sports science and economics from the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. During his studies he spent several months at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, as part of an education project. 

Gunnar Glänzel has been working for the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) since 2008 in several research projects on hybrid organisations, social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social impact measurement. His research and publication interests particularly lie in the field of organizational hybridity, impact investment and social innovation. 

Gunnar holds a Master’s degree in international business administration and a diploma in sociology, economics and philosophy


University of Greifswald  

Rafael Ziegler studied philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics and at McGill University.

Rafael has worked as a lecturer at McGill University, ECLA, FU Berlin and Greifswald University. In 1999, he co-founded and was the first president of oikos London (LSE and Imperial College). In 2009, he initiated the social-ecological research group GETIDOS.

Léa Bigot studied political sciences at the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies and environment and resource management at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Following working experiences in the development sector in Vietnam and Mauritania, Léa joined the social-ecological research group GETIDOS in 2011, working on a case study on the social entrepreneur Roberto Epple and the European Rivers Network. As part of the CRESSI team, Léa coordinates the European-wide youth campaign for water conservation  Big Jump Challenge

Justus Lodemann holds a degree in marine environmental sciences (German Diplom) and obtained further qualifications in sustainable development cooperation and resource management.

Following several years of work experience in the private sector he returned to academia for an in depth look at social entrepreneurship in the water sector. As part of the CRESSI team he is working on the resilience concept as a heuristic approach for better understanding social innovations.


University of Oxford  

Professor Alex Nicholls is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow in Management at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability and governance; public and social policy contexts; impact investing; and Fair Trade.


Nadia von Jacobi has joined the Oxford team in February 2017. She is currently working on WP6 and WP8. 

Dr Nadia von Jacobi, PhD in Economics, Law and Institutions at IUSS Pavia that comprised visiting periods at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland and at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.

Dr Daniel Edmiston has participated to the CrESSI project for the first 3 years primarily working on Work Package 6.

Daniel is currently Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds University. He holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy and has previously worked for the Economic and Social Research Council; Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit; and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE. His research interests include poverty and inequality, comparative welfare reform, welfare state futures, and the political economy of social citizenship.


University of Pavia  

Professor Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti is a full-professor of Economics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia.

She teaches Economics at undergraduate level and Development, Poverty and Inequality at the Masters and PhD-level. 

Nadia has participated to the CrESSI project with the University of Pavia for the first 3 years and then moved to the University of Oxford team. 

Dr Nadia von Jacobi, PhD in Economics, Law and Institutions at IUSS Pavia that comprised visiting periods at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland and at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.

Lara Maestripieri has a PhD in Sociology and Social Research. She has worked as a postdoc fellow in the European 7th Framework projects FLOWS and WILCO (2011-2014), and she was an invited scholar at Sciences Po - Paris (2012) and Université de Genève (2010). As adjunct lecturer, she teaches "Introduction to Sociology" at Sciences Po - Paris, collége de Menton. Her main interests of research are: knowledge workers and professional identity; gender and social vulnerability; young workers and precariousness; narrative and biographical methods for social research. 


University of Tampere  

Dr Risto Heiskala is Professor at and Director of the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) at the University of Tampere.

He completed his PhD at the University of Helsinki in 1997 and has since been Academy Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Professor of Public and Social Policy at the University of Jyväskylä and Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampere.

Dr Jari Aro is currently working as University Researcher at the University of Tampere in the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI).

He completed his PhD at the University of Tampere in 1999 and has since been University Lecturer in sociology at the University of Tampere and researcher in various research projects on science and technology studies funded by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes).



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613261.

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