Matthijs Janssen

Dr Matthijs Janssen is an Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at University of Utrecht, investigating innovation policy and strategy. His research activities involve both quantitative and qualitative analyses, based on methods like statistical modelling, survey research, interviews, and case studies.

Matthijs mainly focuses at industrial policy, transitions, mission-oriented innovation policy, and novel forms of smart specialisation. These lines of research follow are explored in Matthijs’ PhD thesis on Service Innovation in an Evolutionary Perspective from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his work at the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Over the past few years, Matthijs has published in journals like R&D ManagementScience and Public PolicyIndustry & Innovation, Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeJournal of Product Innovation Management, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, as well as in various innovation handbooks. He also contributes regularly to Dutch policy-oriented platforms like ESB and Me Judice.

Matthijs also holds a position as senior researcher/consultant at Dialogic Innovation & Interaction. Often acting as project leader, he has co-authored more than 30 studies for clients including the Netherlands Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate, Education Culture and Science, and Infrastructure and Water management, the European Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.