Dr. Marina Ranga works with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain, where she focuses on regional innovation ecosystems and smart specialization. Prior to that, she held academic positions at Stanford University, as Senior Researcher at the H-STAR Institute and Faculty Research Fellow at Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2009-2015). Dr. Ranga also held academic positions in Europe, as Professor Assistant in Innovation Management at Newcastle University Business School, UK and Groningen University, the Netherlands (2005-09), Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw and in the UNESCO Inter-university PhD programme “Entrepreneurship and Innovativeness”, and Visiting Fellow at Sussex University, School of Business, Management and Economics, UK (2009-11).
Dr. Ranga holds a PhD and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of Sussex University and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Her main areas of expertise include: National and regional innovation ecosystems; Regional innovation and smart specialization; The Entrepreneurial University, University-Industry cooperation, Technology transfer and research commercialization; Gender in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In these areas, she developed an extensive research portfolio and publication record, including over 60 book chapters, articles in top-tier journals, research and consultancy reports. Dr. Ranga’s latest book „Technology, Commercialization and Gender: A Global Perspective” has been recently released by Springer. She guest-edited four journal Special Issues on various innovation and entrepreneurship-related themes, serves in four journal Editorial Boards and is a reviewer for over 20 journals.
Dr. Ranga conducted extensive consultancy and advisory work on innovation and technology for the EC, UN, national and regional government innovation agencies. She chaired the European Commission’s Advisory Group on H2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” and is a member of the UN-ECE Team of Experts on innovation and Competitiveness Policy since 2007. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) and of the Scientific Board of the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN). Part of her work focused on innovation in the new EU Member States, including Romania. During 2003-2012 she authored several Innovation Country Reports on Romania for various EC initiatives, such as ERAWATCH, PROINNO–Trend Chart on Innovation, METRIS, etc. She led a DG RTD expert mission to Romania within the project “Development of a RIS3 Strategy for the EU” (2013) and is currently involved in DG EAC’s study “State of European University-Business Cooperation”, as Country Partner for Romania, Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey (2016–2017).