Carlos Montalvo

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Applied Research

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Carlos Montalvo works as Senior Research Scientist on Strategy and Innovation Policy at TNO. He carried out a multi-disciplinary curriculum in his education: BSc Electromechanics Engineering, MSc Applied Economics, DPhil Science and Technology Policy Studies. He has extensive practice as engineer in project and R&D management and in multidisciplinary and international policy research. Previous to joining TNO he held a number of engineering and management positions in industry and international organisations. His experience in industry, R&D, and policy research built a profile to coordinate large scale multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral applied research and consultancy. Over the last 21 years his research output gives support to European Institutions in several key Research and Innovation actions and policy.

He was Subject Editor on Innovation and the Environment for the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2001-2013. From 2005-2011 he was member of the board of European Industrial Research Monitoring and Assessment of the European Commission DG JRC. Currently manages, is lead scientist in 15 large scale multiple Framework Contracts on behalf of TNO with the European Commission, European Parliament and European Investment Bank and Member of the EU-SPRI ExCo. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the European Innovation for sustainable Development Network ( during the period 2015-2017. He has widely published in topics of innovation policy in reputed academic journals (e.g., Technovation, Journal of Cleaner Production, Intereconomics – European Policy Review, European Journal of Transport and Geography, Journal of Economics of Innovation, New Technology, and International Journal Automotive, amongst others).

His work on Behavioural and Innovation has been recently recognised as pioneering in the literature of innovation studies. He coordinated the first large scale European project based on behavioural insights to support the energy shift within the first Environmental Technologies Action Plan for Energy, Transport, Industry and Agriculture. Recent past contract research includes: Acceleration of sustainable innovation, digitalization and smart industries, evaluation research, innovation and RTD policy, business models innovation, diffusion analyses, and behavioural dynamic models in innovation systems. Dr. Montalvo current contract research activities and interests on innovation spread across: Connected and cooperative automated mobility, digital platforms in manufacturing and construction sectors; AI measurement and monitoring, effects of automation in drivers behaviour and performance; standards, business models and industrial contract agreements for industrial digital platforms. Forward looking research includes the development of new approaches to promote systemic innovation and behavioural change supporting mission oriented and transformative innovation.

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