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UNU-MERIT explores the social, political, and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on the creation and diffusion of knowledge, as well as all aspects of governance in domestic and global organisations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design, and evaluation. UNU-MERIT functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for over 100 PhD fellows and 140 Master’s students, and as a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation, and democratic governance. In addition to policy-relevant research, the institute trains specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organisations. For more information, in particular on the details of the research themes, please visit https://www.merit.unu.edu.
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Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-MERIT, the successful candidate will be active in developing new research for policy impact in the nexus of the areas of climate change, innovation, and economic development.
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