SINCERE Partners

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

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As one of the higher education institutions which enjoy a long history and a world-renowned reputation in China, is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China and co-constructed by MOE and Shanghai Municipal Government. Through 119 years' unremitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalized top university in China.

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR)


The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources generates knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and trains the future leaders of this field. Our definition of resources is broad, and our research approach is equally inclusive, bringing together experts from across UCL. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL’s global faculty of the built environment.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) 


The Fraunhofer Institute ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.

MINES ParisTech – Centre for industrial economics (CERNA)

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Cerna is the laboratory of industrial economics and finance of MINES ParisTech. It is made up of 9 teachers/researchers who work on the dynamics of companies and markets and on the economic and competitive effects of public policies. The research activities of CERNA are organised into three main fields: the economy, quantitative finance and the analysis of globalisation. Research projects are carried out as part of various partnerships with the academic world, companies or the public authorities, whether at national or international level.

The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)


UNU-MERIT is a joint research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University, based in the south of the Netherlands. The institute explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on creation, diffusion and access to knowledge. Working with its School of Governance (MGSoG), UNU-MERIT covers all aspects of governance in domestic and global organisations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation. Overall the institute functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for around 100 PhD fellows and 100 Master’s students. It is also a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance.

University of Wuppertal - The European Institute for International Economic Relations (EIIW)


The European Institute for International Economic Relations at the University of Wuppertal (EIIW) has expertise in international comparative studies with theoretical and empirical foundation or economic policy orientation. It was founded in 1995 in Potsdam: An Institute at the University of Potsdam. It was then relocated, while still having activities in Potsdam, in July 2003 to Wuppertal, where it resides as an institute of the University of Wuppertal.

The EIIW has headed more than a decade of international projects and studies on issues of EU enlargement, globalization, the digital economy and the dynamics of growth and structural policies and implemented. The EIIW is an independent and private affiliated institute. It is an intellectual hub between economics, business practices and economic policies, and provide a forum for critical analysis and source of economic and policy-relevant research findings.