Jos van den Broek studies futureproof knowledge ecosystems focusing on research and innovation policy. He is specifically interested in collaboration (public-private and public-public), and in the role of cities and regions in research and innovation policy.
Academic background and career
Jos studied human geography (BSc) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. After a minor European Studies at the University of Maastricht and an exchange period at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence he obtained a master's degree in Economic Geography at the RU.
After his studies he worked for over eight years as a consultant at ERAC BV in the field of regional development and innovation. Here he focused on doing research, writing strategies and developing regional economic programs. In October 2018 Jos obtained a PhD from Radboud University. His thesis concerned the role of the (national) border in regional innovation systems. He shows that constructing a cross-border innovation system is an evolutionary process that goes both forwards and backwards. Entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers organize their cross-border practices alongside their national or regional practices, so that cross-border innovation remains something 'special' and does not become part of regular practice. As a result, there is no institutionalization and every time the wheel of cross-border work has to be reinvented. Cross-border innovation thus appears to be as difficult as international cooperation, despite geographical proximity.