Policy Analysis

I call myself a “Policy Analyst”, which is a fairly broad and blurred concept. So, what does a Policy Analyst do?

A lot of it is research:

reviewing document, devising surveys, focus-groups or interviews to understand the context of a policy decision.  This data then needs to be analysed to spell out the policy options and their consequences: pros/cons, time frames, risks/mitigation. The policy analyst needs to be clear about all these dimensions.

Once things are well understood, they need to be waved into a powerful narrative:

creativity and story-telling come come into play. Yet, that’s not the end of it. The message needs to be delivered in the right way and to the right public. Good communication is necessary to make sure the message reaches the different stakeholders involved.


Analysis of bottlenecks to innovation in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia

I am working with the OECD on the analysis of the demand and supply of innovation support services.
The study aims at supporting the region in their planning for the future Cohesion Policy Programming Period. It includes a survey of firms and a set of focus groups with stakeholders supporting innovation processes.

Analysis of the role of international networks in supporting Smart Specialisation in Friuli Venezia Giulia

The study aims at supporting the region in their planning for the future Cohesion Policy Programming Period.

Cuban integrated financing framework

Together with an international team led by Prof. Iammarino (LSE), we analysed good (and bad) practices to promote financing for development in Cuba, covering the fields of FDI, Governance, Trade and STI Policy. The project was funded by ECLAC (United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean).

Improving Structural Funds for better delivery of R&D&i policies

I supported ARTI Puglia, as an external expert, in the project IMPROVE, exploring the delivery of RDTI policies, with a focus on Smart Specialisation.

Improving Research and Innovation Infrastructure Performance:

I supported the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in the project INNOHEIS, which looked at how to improve the use of universities’ infrastructure for regional development.

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Relevant Publications

Towards a transformative Smart Specialisation Strategy

lessons from Catalonia, Bulgaria and Greece

Marinelli, E., Fernandez Sirera, T. & Pontikakis, D. (2020)

JRC Technical Reports JRC124128.

Smart Specialisation at work:

the policy makers’ view on strategy design and implementation

Guzzo, F., Gianelle, C. & Marinelli, E. (2018)

JRC Technical Reports JRC114141.

Higher education and Smart Specialization in North-East Romania:

opportunities for knowledge-based development

Marinelli, E., Mironov, C. (2019)

In Caseiro, N. & Santos, D. (Eds). Smart Specialization Strategies and the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities (pp. 234-354). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.