Nicholas Vonortas

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Nicholas Vonortas

Associate Dean for Research Initiatives; Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty

Department: Research Initiatives


Office Phone: 202-378-6230
Fax: 202-994-1639
1957 E St. NW, Office #401E Washington, D.C. 20052

As associate dean for research initiatives, Professor Vonortas oversees research centers and institutes homed at the Elliott School, and engages school- and GW-wide to promote and further faculty research. 

Professor Vonortas currently holds a ‘São Paulo Excellence Chair’ in Technology and Innovation Policy at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), State of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russian Federation. He recently completed a Visiting Professorship at the Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Republic of China. He has also served for several years as a member of the Innovation Policy Forum of the U.S. National Academies of Science.

His teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, in the economics of technological change, and in technology and innovation policy and strategy. He specializes on strategic partnerships/innovation networks, investment under uncertainty, technology transfer, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, and R&D program evaluation. He has published widely on these issues.

Professor Vonortas has held visiting appointments at several universities including the Tsinghua University (China), University of Lund (Sweden), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil), University of Campinas (Brazil), Korea University (Republic of Korea), National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation), the University of Maastricht (Netherlands), Luigi Bocconi University (Italy), and the Athens University of Economics and Business and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). He has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the United States, the European Union and several member countries, Brazil, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, and Japan as well as to several international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations.

Professor Vonortas is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy.

Professor Vonortas holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics from New York University (USA), a MA in Economic Development from Leicester University (UK), and a BA in Economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).

Economics of technological change; industrial organization; and science and technology policy

Ph.D., New York University

ECON 6255/IAFF 6158 Economics of Technological Change

IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

IAFF 6143 Science and Technology Policy Analysis Seminar

Park, Sang-Min and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Translational Research: From Basic Research to Regional Biomedical Entrepreneurship”, Small Business Economics, published online 8/30/2022. (


Francis, Mariane Santos and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Gatekeepers in Regional Innovation Networks: Evidence from an Emerging Economy”, The Journal of Technology Transfer, published online 2/4/2022. (


Fischer, Bruno Brandão, Meissner, Dirk, Vonortas, Nicholas S., and Guerrero, Maribel. “Spatial Features of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”, Journal of Business Research, 2022, 147: 27-36. (With 


Fischer, Bruno Brandão, Meissner, Dirk, Vonortas, Nicholas S., and Zhou, Yuan. “A Multilayered Perspective on Entrepreneurial Universities: Looking into the Dynamics of Join University-Industry Labs”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2022, 178(3): 121573.


Moraes Silva, Diego, Vonortas, Nicholas S., and Furtado, André T. “Innovation Barriers, Indicators and Policies: Coevolving Concepts in Innovation Studies”, Annals of Science and Technology Policy, 2022, 6(2): 100-227. 


Lee, Jeong-Dong, Lee, Keun, Meissner, Dirk, Radosevic, Slavo and Vonortas, Nicholas S. (eds) The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies, Oxford University Press, 2021.


Alves Cherubini, André, Fischer, Bruno Brandão, and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship: Configurations and Critical Dimensions”, The Annals of Regional Science, 2021, 67(1): 73-106.


Lee, Jeong-Dong, Lee, Keun, Meissner, Dirk, Radosevic, Slavo, and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Local Capacity, Innovative Entrepreneurial Places and Global Connections: An Overview”, The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2021, 46: 563-573.


Lai, Yanzhao and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Returnee Academic Entrepreneurship in China”, Journal of Intellectual Capital, 2021, 22(1): 8-23.


Scott, Troy and Vonortas, Nicholas S. “Microgravity Protein Crystallization for Drug Development: A Bold Example of Public Sector Entrepreneurship”, The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2021, 46(5): 1442-1461.