Maria Stalla is consultant at Technopolis Germany with experience in public policy evaluation with a particular focus on research and higher education policy and international cooperation and development. She has contributed to various evaluations and studies for European and national public bodies and foundations such as the European Commission, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Maria is experienced in the conception, management and implementation of studies using qualitative and quantiative methods such as interviews, surveys, focus groups, desk research, literature reviews, webscraping and statistical analysis.
Currently, Maria contributes to multiple projects in the field of international research and higher education cooperation and national research policy. For instance, in the accompanying evaluation of the digital DAAD funding programmes she is involved in conceptualising and implementing interviews, focus groups, online surveys, statistical analysis and desk research. Furthermore, she is part of the expert team for the corporate strategy evaluation on GIZ’s cooperation with scientific actors, manages a mapping study of Open Access Services in Germany for the DFG, and contributes to the project HEInnovate for the European Commission.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Maria worked for the Chair for Politics in the European Multilevel System at Goethe University Frankfurt, where she contributed to research on EU public policies and international political economy with a focus on the circular economy. She also worked for the Hessian state government as a researcher, comparing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany and Italy. Previously, Maria interned at the department West Africa of the KfW Development Bank.
Maria obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Law from Heidelberg University and a master’s degree in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. During her studies she spent exchange semesters at the University of Florence in Italy and at UMass Boston, MA, USA. She is fluent in German, English and Russian and has advanced knowledge of Italian and French.