PhD Programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD)


    The PhD Programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD) is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology.

    The programme provides advanced training in the knowledge and skills most relevant to the economics of technology and innovation, and to governance, social protection and migration. Built around a core of courses on innovation and development, the programme also features modules on the economics of technological change, complex social systems, governance and policy evaluation, social protection and migration.

    During their first year, fellows complete an intensive programme of required and elective courses, taught by leading scholars of UNU-MERIT and our partner universities. These courses are taught in English, in Maastricht, and spread across two semesters, starting in September each year. The course work is followed by three years of dissertation research and writing, ending with a completed PhD thesis. At the end of the programme, the doctoral degree is awarded by Maastricht University upon successful defence of the thesis. Our students pursue a wide variety of dissertation topics, fitting into any of the institute’s eight research themes:

    1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
    2. Structural Change and Economic Development
    3. Economic Complexity and Innovation
    4. Governance and institutions
    5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
    6. Migration and Development
    7. Social Protection
    8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

    For more information, including requirements, how to apply, and scholarship availability, please see the UNU-MERIT website.