Dr Jan Biela is a consultant with Technopolis Group Germany. He has a broad expertise in innovation and research policy as well as impact assessments and evaluations of national and European funding programmes. He has led various evaluation projects as a project manager in these areas. Among them were, for instance, impact assessments of the international EUREKA and COST funding programmes. He has furthermore specialised in comparative analysis of policies and political institutions. A case in point is a comparative analysis of regional policies of Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland in the light of their respective subnational governance structures. In various other projects, he has dealt with the effects of political institutions on policy outcomes.
Before joining Technopolis Group, he was engaged at Prognos AG as a consultant for research and innovation policies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and a Diploma (German pre-Bologna MA equivalent) in Regional Sciences from the University of Cologne. Prior to his consultancy career, he worked as a researcher at the Universities of Cologne, Zurich, Lausanne, and Utrecht, as well as at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jan is skilled in a wide range of qualitative as well as statistical social science research methods such as case studies, survey design, semi-structured interviews and analysis of Time series, cross-sectional and panel data. He is fluent in German and English, has an advanced knowledge of Spanish and basic knowledge of French.