Hugo Hollanders is an Economist and Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University) where he is the coordinator of the Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy Research Group.
Before joining MERIT in 1992, he worked as a researcher at Statistics Netherlands (National Accounts Division). He has over 20 years of experience in innovation studies and innovation statistics and has been involved in various projects for the European Commission (EC) on measuring innovation at the national, regional, and industry levels.
Hollanders is the lead author of the EC’s European Innovation Scoreboard, which provides a comparative assessment of research and innovation performance in Europe. He is also responsible for the redesign of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS), which is a survey of innovation activity in European enterprises carried out once every two years. In the last two years, as part of the EC’s Smart Specialisation framework, he has also collaborated with the European Commission to develop a methodology for diagnosing the potential of European regions to strengthen their economic and innovation performance.
He has been a member of several expert groups on measuring innovation for the EC (including the 2010 High-Level Panel on the Measurement of Innovation and the 2013 Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation). He served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Global Innovation Index for the 2015 to 2018 editions. In 2017 he joined the Advisory Board of the Global Knowledge Index, with a special focus on developing the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) index.
Hollanders contributed to both the 2010 and 2015 UNESCO Science Report and contributed to several academic journals. Furthermore, he has carried consultancy work for the EC, OECD, UNESCO, UNIDO, and national governments (including Belgium, Germany, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates).