René Wintjes

Senior Researcher

  • René Wintjes
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
    + 31 (0)43 388 4400

    Research Interests

    • Embeddedness of FDI
    • Impact of research policy
    • Information Society
    • Innovation and growth of ICT companies
    • Policy learning and governance mechanisms
    • Regional innovation systems in Europe


    Nijmegen University

    Biographical Statement

    René Wintjes is senior research fellow at MERIT (now the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology  — UNU-MERIT) since 1998. He studied Economic Geography at Nijmegen University. He previously worked at the Economic Institute for Medium and Small Enterprises (EIM, Zoetermeer) and the Faculty of Applied Geography and Planning, Utrecht University. His Ph.D. (September 2001) deals with the regional-economic impact and localization process of foreign companies in the Netherlands. He works for the European Commission and national and regional authorities. Most of his research is listed under the UNU-MERIT theme 5: governance of science technology and innovation. Fields of special interest include: regional innovation systems in Europe, impact of research policy, Information Society, embeddedness of FDI, innovation and growth of ICT companies, policy learning and governance mechanisms. 

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Nauwelaers, C. and R. Wintjes (eds.) (2008), “Innovation Policy in Europe; Measurement and Strategy”. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
    • Dunnewijk, T., H. Hollanders and R. Wintjes (2008), “Benchmarking Regions in the Enlarged Europe: Diversity in Knowledge Potential and Policy Options”. In C. Nauwelaers and R. Wintjes (eds.), Innovation Policy in Europe, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
    • Wintjes, R (2007), “Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments: the “policy mix” project: sector case study ICT The Netherlands”. Report for DG Research, European Commission, Brussels
    • Wintjes R. (2007), Monitoring and analysis of policies and public financing instruments conducive to higher levels of R&D investments; The “POLICY MIX” Project. Regional case study of North-Brabant (NL). Report for DG Research, European Commission, Brussels
    • Wintjes, R. and R. Schindler (2007), “Benchmarking national, European and international R&D programmes and the impact on innovation; Cases of good practice outside the EU”. Report for DG Enterprise, European Commission, Brussels.
    • Wintjes, R.J.M. (2006), “Monitoring Jobs and Growth – The Regional Perspective; Methodological Note”, Report to the Committee of the Regions.
    • Wintjes, R. (2006), “ICT: Scoping Paper”, Research Report commissioned by the European Commission (DG Enterprise) in Innovation Watch – Systematic. Maastricht
    • Dunnewijk, T. and R. Wintjes (2006), “Governance forces shaping economic development in a regional information society; a framework and application to Flanders”. In: W. Dolfsma and L. Soete (Eds.). “Understanding the dynamics of a knowledge economy”, pp.157-181. Cheltenham Glos, Edward Elgar.
    • Wintjes, R. (2006), “Internationalisation of European ICT activities; Evidence from case studies”. Chapter VI in final report for IPTS, Seville
    • Wintjes, R. (2006), “Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the knowledge based economy in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007-2013 : The Netherlands. Report for DG Regio.