Research expertise 

Institute for Economic, Social and Innovation Research

We create the foundation for evidence-based decisions through analyses and evaluations, and provide support in their implementation. We stand for responsible research and innovation policy, site analysis and development, labor market and gender equality policy, as well as innovation projects.
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Research groups

We advise public institutions and businesses on technology and innovation strategies, regional site analyses, the evaluation and implementation of equal opportunities, as well as the risk and impact analysis of political and corporate decisions. We have locations in Graz, Vienna, and Klagenfurt. Our main research areas are addressed in 3 research groups: Technology, Innovation and Policy Consulting, Regional Economics and Structural Policy, as well as Data Analytics and Statistical Modelling.

Products & services

Programme evaluation, reporting and information systems, Gender Equality Plans, regional economic modelling, econometric analyses, strategy development, support for funding programmes, technology development, impact analyses


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In our activities, we aim to adhere to high research ethical principles such as impartiality, objectivity, and transparency. For us, "Responsible Research and Innovation" is not only the subject of our research, but also the guiding principle of our research practice.

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Institute for Economic, Social and Innovation Research

Your contact

Michael Ploder
Director POLICIES, Head of Research Group
Leonhardstraße 59, 8010 Graz

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