The Netherlands is a highly developed knowledge-based economy, performing very well in many science, technology, innovation and competitiveness rankings. This talk will provide a brief overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Dutch Innovation ecosystem, how innovation policy has been shaped in the Netherlands and key debates and challenges that they face (e.g, the relative low (private) expenditure on R&D). This includes the growing importance of cities as innovation hubs and what that means for the distribution of funding and grants, the discussion on whether governments should try to ‘pick winners,’ and how to strengthen interactions between science, industry, and government.
About the speaker
Natalie Koot is a Senior Research Associate at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. Her background is in policy research, and most recently she worked at the Dutch Ministry of Interior Affairs, where she was responsible for redesigning the allocation of funding from the Central government to local municipalities and regions. She headed the research team of the Dutch parliamentary inquiry into the financial crisis and has also worked on research projects for the Dutch Innovation Platform, a think tank headed by the Prime Minister to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. She holds a M.Sc. in Public Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.