Principal Investigator


Nicholas Vonortas

Professor at George Washington University (United States), holder of the SPEC

Nick Vonortas is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University (GW) in Washington D.C. He is a faculty member of the Department of Economics, of the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, and of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He is currently the Director of the IISTP and the Director of PhD candidacy in Economics.

In addition to the‘São Paulo Excellence Chair’ in Technology and Innovation Policy (InSySPo) at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Professor Vonortas is a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation. He has recently completed a Visiting Professorship at the Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Republic of China. He has also served for several years as a member of the Innovation Policy Forum of the U.S. National Academies of Science.

Professor Vonortas’ teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics of technological change, and in technology and innovation policy and strategy. He specializes on strategic partnerships/innovation networks, investment under uncertainty, technology transfer, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, and R&D program evaluation. He has published widely on these issues.

Professor Vonortas has held visiting appointments at several universities including the Tsinghua University (China), University of Lund (Sweden), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil), University of Campinas (Brazil), Korea University (Republic of Korea), National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation), the University of Maastricht (Netherlands), Luigi Bocconi University (Italy), and the Athens University of Economics and Business and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). He has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the United States, the European Union and several member countries, Brazil, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, and Japan as well as to several international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations.

Professor Vonortas is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy.

Professor Vonortas holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics from New York University (USA), a MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and a BA in Economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).

Check his interview with InSysPo: “Microeconomics, innovation, and the underrated effects of the US-China trade wars: a conversation with Nicholas Vonortas (GWU)