Elisabetta Marinelli is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Seville, Spain). An economist by training, she holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (Department of Geography and the Environment). She has published articles in journals such as Regional Studies, Technovation, Environment and Planning and The Journal of Business Research. Over the years she has researched a variety of topics, including graduates’ migration, the R&D investment strategies of MNEs, technology foresight and regional development. More recently she has been working on the implementation of EU structural policies on research and innovation (i.e. Smart Specialisation Strategies), with a particular attention to the role universities, the mechanisms of stakeholders’ interaction and the monitoring processes.