Patrice Santos

Location: Portugal

Fields of work:  evaluation of public policies, innovation, EU funding, design-thinking, participatory methods and facilitation, public-private partnerships

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Patrice is a Lisbon-based independent consultant who worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville as a policy analyst on EU projects focusing on territorial fairness. His experience focused on smart specialisation in lagging regions of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe, introducing participatory methods (innovation camps, entrepreneurial discovery process, project development labs, design thinking) for societal challenges to better engage regional stakeholders into innovation-based policy design, governance and monitoring.

He is an experienced public policy practitioner who also worked at the French department of Justice on public-private partnerships and at the Prime Minister Office on a national grant scheme for SMEs to compensate territorial disparities.

Patrice studied at the Political Science Institute of Strasbourg and holds a Master’s degree in International Economics, in Governance of International Organisations for Economic Development, in ICT and also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M. specialised in contracts). He is finishing his PhD in Public Policies at the University of Aveiro on Innovation and place-based policies in EU outermost regions. He is a member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP) and the Research Group on Public Policies, Institutions and Innovation. He is also an expert for the  “REDCAEM” academic network, developing policy papers on economics and environment in Latin America.