Takis Damaskopoulos

Executive Director, European Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR), France

Dr. Takis Damaskopoulos is Executive Director and Head of Research of the European Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR) in Paris, France. His research and advisory work concentrate on policy, economic, organizational and technological dynamics of innovation, and the evolution of state, regional and corporate strategies of innovation, competitiveness and sustainable development. He undertakes this work in collaboration with international organizations such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), national and regional governments, and leading private organizations across the European Union.


Dr. Damaskopoulos is principal researcher in several European Commission-funded RTD projects that explore the changing conditions of innovation and sustainable development, involving network and organizational changes and energy and environmental interdependencies across the EU. He is an expert evaluator of several research priorities of the European Commission’s Framework Programs and a reviewer of RTD programs and projects in the domains of national and regional strategies of economic development, the international positioning of regions for the attraction of foreign investment, and the design and implementation of regional strategies of innovation and sustainable development.


Dr. Damaskopoulos has held course directorship and senior research positions at INSEAD (France), the University of Westminster (UK), and York University (Canada). His work has been published by organizations such as The MIT Press and journals such as the European Management Journal, and discussed in forums such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the US Department of Commerce, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai, the Institute for Prospective Technology Studies (IPTS), and leading universities in the US and the EU. He holds a MA and a PhD in Political Science / International Political Economy from York University, Toronto, Canada.