Mag. Manfred Spiesberger

Section: Research Policy & Development

Function: wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter



Running and completed projects:

Work and research focus:

  • Research and Innovation policies, especially in Eastern Europe and countries of the Former Soviet Union
  • Evaluations, impact assessments and foresight
  • Social innovation in energy for climate adaptation, climate change and water

Other Publications:

INTAS and its Activities in Innovation: What a Research Funding Organization Can Do (2004), in: Leal Filho, Walter (ed.): Supporting the Development of R&D and the Innovation Potential of Post-Socialist Countries, Amsterdam.

Round Table: Open Access issues for developing countries (2003), in: Grüttemeier, Herbert/Barry Mahon (ed.): Open Access to Scientific and Technical Information, Amsterdam.

Der Europäische Wirtschaftsraum als Beispiel für Differenzierte Annäherung an die EU (2000), in: Freiburghaus, Dieter (ed.): Wohin des Weg's Europa?, Bern.

Flexible Integration - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Berücksichtigung einzelstaatlicher Besonderheiten und Wünsche durch die Europäische Union (1998), together with Dieter Freiburghaus and Elisabeth Eberharter, in: Cottier, Thomas/Alwin R. Kopše (ed.): Der Beitritt der Schweiz zur Europäischen Union, Zürich.

Übergangsregime zur Abfederung von Differenzen bei EG/EU-Beitritten (1998), in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 1998, 4, 407-423.

Parlamentarismus in der Sowjetunion und Rußland 1985 - Herbst 1993 (1997), master thesis, accepted in May 1997, Vienna.

Participation at events:

Education and career:

Mr. Manfred Spiesberger is a senior researcher and project manager at Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna/Austria since 2008. He studied Political Science, Russian and History of Eastern Europe. He is fluent in German, English, French, and Russian.

Manfred Spiesberger is currently organising thematic workshops for the European Commission on water in Central Asia, which is strongly related to climate change. In the field of energy, he has been working with the EC's Joint Research Centre on social innovation in energy and its link to smart specialisation policies. He coordinated the ener2i project, which was funded by the EU in the FP7 (, energy research to innovation, 2014-16). ener2i stimulated cooperation among businesses and researchers from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency.

In evaluations he did recently a study for the COST office, and was work-package leader in the TAIPI project ( on impact assessment for the EU’s Flagship projects (Graphene and Human Brain Project). 

He is involved for many years in EU funded projects related to R&D and innovation cooperation with Russia and other countries of the Former Soviet Union. He is a monitoring expert for the ERA.Net RUS Plus (, 2013-2019). He was task leader of a foresight exercise in ERA.Net RUS and conducted analysis in the BILAT-RUS Advanced project. In the frame of INCO-NET projects, he was team leader of international review panels of the S&T system of Kyrgyzstan (2015-16) and Moldova (2011-12). He was member of an international review panel of Armenia’s innovation system organised by UNECE, and rapporteur for reviews of the Moldovan (2015-16) and Georgian (2017-18) innovation systems in the frame of the EU's H2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF).

From 2002-2006 he was an Austrian expert with the EU funding programme INTAS, International Association for the promotion of cooperation with scientists of the New Independent States (NIS) of the Former Soviet Union, where he was innovation manager. Before he was working in the Austrian National Contact Point (NCP) office for FP5, and four years as a research and teaching assistant at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration in Lausanne.