Elina Griniece has nine years of experience working in the area of research and innovation policy. During her career she has conducted a wide range of policy studies and impact assessments and contributed to pan-European policy monitoring platforms, such as ERAWATCH, the Trend Chart, the Regional Innovation Monitor, the Eco-Innovation Observatory, the European Cluster Observatory and more recently Research and Innovation Observatory. Elina has been engaged in several large assignments in the area of R&I systems, including the international evaluation of Latvian research and innovation system, the development of R&D evaluation methodology and funding principles in Czech Republic and monitoring the implementation of integrated science, studies and business centres (Valleys) in Lithuania.
Currently she is the project manager of a H2020 project RI-PATHS that aims to develop a comprehensive and modular impact assessment framework for a broad range of research infrastructures. In 2018, Elina also has been working as an independent expert for the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation contributing to the ex-ante impact assessment of Horizon Europe and the priority setting of the EU mission-oriented R&I policy.
Her research interests include new policy approaches for tackling systemic societal challenges and novel impact assessment methods of R&I policies. In this regard, Elina has worked on conceptualising an open innovation system’s model and gained experience in assessing such complex innovation policy instruments as the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities.
Elina holds an interdisciplinary Master in Studies on Society, Science and Technology (STS) from Maastricht University that provides theoretical underpinnings of concepts related to systemic transitions. Her educational background includes also a Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from London School of Economic and a Bachelor degree in International Relations. Additionally, Elina has undertaken PhD level courses on Responsible Research and Innovation (Dutch Research School of Philosophy) and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change (SPRU).
As a native Latvian speaker Elina is fluent in English, has a good grasp of Russian and French and a fair understanding of German.
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