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Dr Nicola Francesco Dotti is senior researcher in Regional Economics and Policy Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), ECOOM Unit. He holds a PhD in Territorial Economics and Policy Evaluation from the Politecnico di Milano and has experiences also from the London School of Economics, the EU Commission, the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He focuses on regional innovation policy, EU Cohesion Policy and Framework Programmes (Horizon 2020) and Policy Learning. In 2018, he edited a volume on “Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions” for E-Elgar. He is a fellow member of the Regional Studies Association and first coordinator of the RSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy [#CPnet]. For ECOOM VUB, his main responsibility is the analysis, monitoring and evaluation of the Societal Impact of University Research.





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politiques publiques, politiques sociales




Dotti, Nicola Francesco. ‘Abundant Water, Abundant Knowledge: Cognitive Patterns for Policy Changes in Brussels’ Water Management System’. European Urban and Regional Studies 25, no. 1 (1 January 2018): 54–71.

———. ‘Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning: An Evolutionary Approach to Achieve Policy Resilience in European Cities’. In Making Cities. Visions for an Urban Future, edited by John Bloomfield, 84–90. Brussels, Belgium: Eurocities, 2016.

———, ed. Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions. From Research to Practice. Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.

———. ‘Knowledge That Matters for the “Survival of Unfittest”: The Case of the New Brussels’ Rail Junction’. Transport Policy 63 (1 April 2018): 131–40.

———. ‘Update of the Economic Impact of the European and International Institutions on the Brussels-Capital Region’. Europe in Brussels. Figures 2016. Brussels, Belgium: Visit Brussels, April 2015.

Dotti, Nicola Francesco, Bas van Heur, and Colin C. Williams. ‘Mapping the Shadow Economy: Spatial Variations in the Use of High Denomination Bank Notes in Brussels’. European Spatial Research and Policy 22, no. 1 (2015): 5–21.

Dotti, Nicola Francesco, Giulia Lazzeri, and Alberto Bramanti. ‘Smart Timing and Specialised Spaces: Reflections on the Implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Milan and Brussels’. Public Policy Portuguese Journal 3, no. 1 (2018): 44–56.

Dotti, Nicola Francesco, and André Spithoven. ‘A Geographical Perspective on the European Research Area: Brussels as the European Research Capital’. EuropeNow 1, no. 2 (2 December 2016).

———. ‘Spatial Perspectives on Knowledge Brokers: Evidence from Brussels’. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 49, no. 10 (1 October 2017): 2203–22.

Dotti, Nicola Francesco, André Spithoven, and Bas van Heur. ‘The Competitiveness of Brussels in European Research Area’. Brussels Studies 81 (10 November 2014).

Dotti, Nicola Francesco, André Spithoven, and Walter Ysebaert. ‘Estimations of the Economic Impacts of International and European Institutions on the Brussels-Capital Region Using a Local Multiplier Approach’. Brussels, Belgium: Commissariat à l’Europe et aux organisations Internationales ASBL, January 2020.

Vaesen, Joost, Benjamin Wayens, Bas van Heur, Walter Ysebaert, Caroline d’Andrimont, Wouter Kesbeke, Michel Hubert, et al. ‘BSI Synopsis. Higher Education and Brussels’. Brussels Studies 76 (2014).

Wilde d’Estmael, Jonathan de, Elise Dermine, Nick Deschacht, Nicola Francesco Dotti, Kelly Huegaerts, Barbara Janssens, Maria Cecilia Trionfetti, and Christophe Vanroelen. ‘Insourcing, Outsourcing or Backsourcing? The Case of the Brussels Regional Administration’. Brussels Studies. La Revue Scientifique Pour Les Recherches Sur Bruxelles / Het Wetenschappelijk Tijdschrift Voor Onderzoek over Brussel / The Journal of Research on Brussels, 5 July 2020.

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