Dr. Gaston Heimeriks is coordinator of:

  • Innovation policy (GEO3-2225) (Bachelor)
  • Innometrics. Measuring and modelling innovation I (GEO4-2259) (Master)

Furthermore, Dr. Gaston Heimeriks supervises Bsc and MSc theses.

Innometrics (MSc)

The objective of this course is that students acquire knowledge and skills concerning

  • approaches to measuring and modelling innovation
  • the translating of theories of innovation and technological change into models
  • the data acquisition necessary to use these models
  • the interpretation of these models

The course aids student in choosing, using and reporting on an appropriate research design and methods, with a specific emphases on empirical (quantitative) data and on innovation measurements. It furthermore helps students to acquire the appropriate skills for preparing a Master’s Thesis which includes original or secondary data, and is also essential for those that have the ambition to get further involved in research in this area.

Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy (BSc)

The Innovation Policy course consists of a series of lectures that address the reasons (why/ for what) for, the methods (how) for, and the results (what) obtained from government intervention in innovation trajectories. The guiding metaphor of the course is the ongoing co-evolution between the theory, practice and governance of innovation (‘the policy dance’). The knowledge gained by the students in this part of the course is subsequently applied in the form of project-based training when setting out a specific policy trajectory.

At the end of this class the student will have learned to apply the knowledge obtained over the past two years (in science, social science and innovation theories) to write a policy report to support innovation processes and systems in the public domain.

Topics for student theses

In general, my research interest include the analyses of publication and patent data, the development of new methods and metrics that combine the cognitive, economic and geographical aspects of innovation. See research interests for more information, or check out my publications here.

Specifically, together with Alliander we are looking for a motivated student to study how to incorporate cooperative energy initiatives into the current energy system on a much larger scale than currently is the case. Grid operators and energy companies need to develop new business models and practices to deal with these cooperative initiatives. This is not easy since the diversity in how these cooperative initiatives are organised and institutionalized is very large.