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Efthymia Amanatidou


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Efthymia (Effie) Amanatidou joined the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research as a full-time Research Associate in November 2011. Her first degree is in Applied Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She also has an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy (1996) and a PhD in foresight evaluation (2011) from the University of Manchester / MIoIR. Her PhD thesis focused on creating a new impact assessment framework and methodology for evaluating foresight programmes based on their contribution to developing more participatory ‘knowledge societies’.  Before she joined MIoIR she was a free-lance research and innovation policy analyst for five years (2006-2011). During that period she participated in research and innovation policy studies funded by the European Commission, She was also invited as an individual expert or was assigned the role of rapporteur in a number of expert groups set up by the European Commission. From 1996-2006 she was Head of the Science and Technology Policy Studies Unit of Atlantis Consulting S.A., a private firm located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since November 2011 she has been working at MIoIR on a variety of projects with a special focus on innovation policy and foresight as well as evaluation.

Effie Amanatidou has more than 15 years of experience in research and innovation policy analysis including in particular foresight studies and evaluation / impact assessment of research policies and programmes. During this time she has closely collaborated with a number of European Commission and Members States’ policy-makers, distinguished researchers and corporate managers. This resulted in an extensive network of professional contacts world-wide. Effie Amanatidou has been invited in several conferences as speaker and published in a number of scientific journals. A list of selected, recent publications (since 2008) are shown herewith.

Research interests

Foresight studies; Evaluation and impact assessment of research and innovation programmes and policies; European research and innovation strategy and policy; European Research Area; Coordination of national / regional research and innovation programmes and joint programming; Public-private partnerships in research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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