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Dr. Bertha VALLEJO joined Tilburg University (TiU) in The Netherlands as a post-doc in 2005; since then, she has been involved in multiple capacity development projects, particularly in Central America, Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, Ethiopia and Sudan.  Through these projects, Dr. Vallejo has gained experience in project management and coordination, as well as an understanding from a closer perspective the demand side of innovation as well as the ups and downs of knowledge transfer between north and south.  Her experience in performing these activities has given her solid understanding regarding the key role played by public-private partnerships and so-called capacity development partnerships in supporting the local organization development process.  Her practical experience in the area of innovation and development policies in developing countries comes from her doctoral dissertation and diverse assistance work at UNU-MERIT (The Netherlands) as well as from her consultancy work at UNCTAD and UNIDO.  Her research shows that without purposeful intervention to support learning, policy regimes alone are not enough to ensure that technological learning and capacity building take place.  Therefore, learning and capacity development processes can be enhanced only by building capacity locally and creating the correct policy and institutional regime that supports innovation. 

Dr. Vallejo is a reviewer at the Technology and Forecasting & Social Change Journal, as well as a member of the Global network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence building Systems (Globelics) and part of The International Network of the Automobile (GERPISA).  Dr. Vallejo is also an academic and technical committee member of the Network for Innovation and Labour Studies of the Mexican Automobile Industry (Red Innovacion y Trabajo en la Industria Automotriz Mexicana, RED-ITIAM) among other relevant research groups. 

She has supervised diverse Master's and PhD students at Tilburg University.



Work experience:

A.Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands. (2005-present)

a. Tilburg School of Economics and Business (TiSEM)

(1) Project Coordinator, Capacity Building Projects. February 2008 - present (0.5 ftb)

(2) Research Manager, Tilburg Sustainability Center (TSC). October 2012 ? September 2014 (0.5 ftb)

B.United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); Maastricht, The Netherlands.

(1)Affiliated Researcher. September 2010-present (0.0 ftb)

(1)PhD Researcher (2001-2010)

C.Mexican Trade Commission (Bancomext); The Hague, The Netherlands. (2005-2007)

(1)Research Assistant

D. University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba Daigaku), Department of International Political Economy. Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan (1999-2001)

(1) Teacher assistant



-15 years of experience working on policy-oriented research on diverse capacity building issues, specifically at the meso (industrial) level.

-12 years of experience in case study analyses, assessment papers, project proposals, mid-term and final project reports.

-Strong international consultancy experience in research and report writing (i.e., two UN reports). Wide experience in analyzing data and preparing background documents and analysis to support reports and studies.

-9 years of experience in project management, budgeting and S.M.A.R.T. project design.

-More than 15 years working and living in multicultural environments.

-Strong quantitative and statistical background, proficiency with econometric analysis. Large expertise in designing and collecting questionnaires, preparing large databases, and in the reconciliation databases from diverse sources.

-Good level of knowledge in qualitative case study approaches, design of interviews, coding of qualitative variables, and narrative analysis.

-Excellent research and writing skills in academic English.

- Excellent analytical skills and ability to gather and analyze information from diverse sources. Analytical and flexible thinking.


  • Development Economics
  • Developing Countries
  • Institutional Economics
  • Africa
  • Industrial Organization
  • Institutional Theory
  • Innovation
  • Innovation Policy

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Research Output 2016 2019

Open innovation and innovation intermediaries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Vallejo, B., Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, B., Ozor, N. & Bolo, M., 14 Jan 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 2, 392.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
science and technology
innovation policy

Project beneficiary participation and behavioural intentions promoting project sustainability: The mediating role of psychological ownership

Aga, D. A., Noorderhaven, N. & Vallejo, B., Sep 2018, In : Development Policy Review. 36, 5, p. 527-546

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

development project

Trade, global value and upgrading: What, when and how?

Gehl Sampath, P. & Vallejo, B., Jul 2018, In : The European Journal of Development Research . 30, 3, p. 481-504

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
global trade
intellectual property

Trajectorias tecnologicas existentes y emergentes hacia 2020: Una panoramica de la industria automotriz global

Translated title of the contribution: Existing and emerging technological trajectories towards 2020: A view of the global automotive industryVallejo, B., 22 Mar 2017, Innovación, Redes de Colaboración y Sostenibilidad : Experiencias Regionales y Tendencias Internacionales de la Industria Automotriz. Martinez Martinez, A. & Jorge, C. V. (eds.). Mexico, D.F.: AM Editores, p. 23-48

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Technological trajectories
Automotive industry
322 Downloads (Pure)

Capacity development evaluation: The challenge of the results agenda and measuring return on investment in the global south

Vallejo, B. & Wehn, U., Mar 2016, In : World Development. 79, p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
development project
decision making

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 1 Oral presentation

Red ITIAM (External organisation)

B. Vallejo (Chair)
1 May 201730 Apr 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Innovation Match MX 2015-2016

B. Vallejo (Speaker)
6 Apr 20168 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Red ITIAM (External organisation)

B. Vallejo (Chair)
1 May 201630 Apr 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

24th International Colloquium of GERPISA

B. Vallejo (Programme Committee Member)
31 May 20164 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Arturo Angel Lara Rivero

B. Vallejo (Host)
1 Sep 201631 Aug 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

Press / Media

Crisis de VW

B. Vallejo


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

La industria automotriz en Mexico/The automobile industry in Mexico

B. Vallejo & Alejandro Covarrubias


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment