UNU-CRIS - Belgium


Luc Soete is currently Director (ad interim) of the United Nations University institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) located in Bruges, Belgium, and Honorary Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. After a long career at Maastricht University including the creation of MERIT, which he directed from 1988 to 2012, he became Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University in 2012 until 2016.
Luc Soete has been Chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Expert (RISE) High Level Group for Commissioner Carlos Moedas from 2013 to 2017 and of the Economic and Social Impact of Research (RISE) Expert Group for the European Commission from 2017 until the end of 2018. Over the last two years, he was also the coordinator of the so-called Tour d’Europe, an initiative of the Directorate for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
He has also been a member of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) from 2004 to 2015.
He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent, Liège and Sussex.