I’m Ricard and this is my website! Besides my professional bio (see below), let me tell you a little more about myself. I love learning and getting to know new things, especially those that are mind blowing – that’s why I work on topics linked to innovation, not because I think it's the fanciest thing on Earth - which can make us progress even more (that's just a fact), but because I think that by developing new strategies, policies, products, services, processes, businesses, or any other thing you might have in mind, we are growing as humans, societies, nations, a whole interlinked planet. And wow! I think that's what should keep us not just living, but alive! I hope I’ll find you in this amazing learning path!
Ricard Esparza Masana holds a bachelor (4-year programme) in Economics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, two MSc in Specialised Economic Analysis (Major in Innovation Economics) by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and the Pompeu Fabra University, and a PhD in Business Economics (specialisation in innovation policy) by the Technical University of Catalonia. He is currently a professor of economic analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He previously served as head of the international department of the university’s science and technology park. He has undertaken works linked to research in the field of innovation policy, with a large range of collaborations and contracts with several institutions worldwide, in more than 30 countries in 6 continents, including the European Commission, the World Bank, the Government of Peru, the Government of Catalonia, and different EU and foreign national and regional governments and agencies, all in the field innovation policy. He has participated in over 15 European and international R&D projects in collaboration with over 100 partners in the EU and worldwide.