About Us

The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a research and training institute of United Nations University based in Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The institute functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for around 100 PhD fellows and 140 Master’s students. It is also a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance.

Press releases

United Nations institute pilots carbon tax for staff air travel: Because...

MAASTRICHT – The UN’s research and training institute in the Netherlands, UNU-MERIT , has introduced a carbon ‘tax’ on air travel for its more... read more

Press Release • 09.01.2019 • By United Nations University - MERIT

WATSON Releases New Survey Questionnaire Aimed at SMEs

An opportunity to influence EU Policy plus the chance to win an Amazon Echo Spot! The WATSON project is now inviting innovative SMEs to take... read more

Press Release • 03.09.2018 • By United Nations University - MERIT

Studying the impact of R&D tax incentives on SME-led innovation: New EU...

Prof. Pierre Mohnen will lead UNU-MERIT's stake in WATSON -- a new 1 million euro innovation project. WATSON is a research project funded... read more

Press Release • 22.02.2018 • By United Nations University - MERIT

Book Launch: A Second Chance for Europe -- Economic, Political and Legal...

United Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht University Campus Brussels, and the City of Maastricht will hold a book launch event for the edited... read more

Press Release • 21.11.2017 • By United Nations University - MERIT

Amsterdam International Water Week: UNU partners honoured

Young entrepreneurs from ‘ Finish Society India’ and ‘Sidian Bank Kenya’ were honoured in this year’s ‘ Sarphati Sanitation Awards’, presented... read more

Press Release • 17.11.2017 • By United Nations University - MERIT

UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants: Six Critical Perspectives

As w orld leaders gather at UN HQ for a summit on refugees and migrants, 19 September 2016, the United Nations University Migration Network (... read more

Press Release • 19.09.2016 • By United Nations University - MERIT

UN University Launches 'Jargon Buster' App 2.0: Unscrambling More UN Jargon

Do you know the difference between a migrant, a refugee, and an internally displaced person (IDP)? Between a special political mission and a... read more

Press Release • 14.04.2016 • By United Nations University - MERIT

On the Frontlines of Climate Change: Migration in the Pacific Islands

PARIS, 2 DECEMBER 2015: At the COP21 Paris climate talks today, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security... read more

Press Release • 02.12.2015 • By United Nations University - MERIT

UN University Launches ‘Jargon Buster’ App, Marking World Science Day...

What exactly do people mean by 'agrodiversity', 'formal remittances' and 'sustainable development'? Do leaders and scholars use similar concepts... read more

Press Release • 10.11.2015 • By United Nations University - MERIT

New Scholarship for Nigerian Fellows on Part-time PhD Programme in...

A new scholarship for Nigerian fellows under the age of 40 is now available for the 'Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in... read more

Press Release • 25.09.2015 • By United Nations University - MERIT