Scientists in Maastricht: introducing Nicola Dimitri

21 April 2017

Professor Nicola Dimitri holds the Corvers-Endowed Chair in Innovation Procurement at the Maastricht School of Management.  Nicola is also a professor in economics at Siena University, a Life Member of Clare Hall College (Cambridge-UK) and lecturer at IMT Lucca. He was formerly Deputy Rector of the University of Siena and has been Fulbright Student, Chevening Scholar and Fernand Braudel Fellow (EUI).

Nicola’s research is on understanding how economic principles can be used to improve the incentives for innovation. For instance, in one of his influential papers entitled ‘R&D Incentives for Neglected Diseases’ (published in 2012 in PLoS ONE, 7(12)) he evaluated various incentives schemes to stimulate R&D by pharmaceutical firms to find treatments for diseases for which adequate drug treatment is lacking, and concluded that so-called hybrid incentive schemes could be most effective under certain circumstances. At Maastricht School of Management Nicola is driving research and teaching into the economics of innovation procurement. Both public procurement and innovation are fundamental drivers for growth and development, a point particularly stressed by the recent 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives. In the EU public procurement accounts for around 18% of the GDP meaning delivery of best value for money is crucial. Moreover, innovation procurement is in a best position for promoting innovative solutions to enhance societal growth and welfare. Recently MSM concluded an agreement with Het Waterschapshuis (HWH) to conduct doctoral research on how innovation procurement can strengthen water management in The Netherlands.  Nicola is the co-author of the influential Cambridge University Press textbook ‘Handbook of Procurement’.

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