Bart Verspagen is an economist specialised in the economics of innovation, growth and development. He received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Limburg (now called Maastricht University) in the Netherlands. During the five subsequent years, he held a scholarship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, he became a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2008, he returned to Maastricht University as a professor of International Economics. He became Director of Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in 2012.