Luc Soete is the Dean of the Brussels School of Governance. He is former Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University in The Netherlands and still holds the position there of Honorary Professor of International Economics. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Technical University Delft (TUD) and a member of the "Commissie Doelmatigheid Hoger Onderwijs" (CDHO), a commission advising the Dutch Ministry for Education. He is a member of the Economic and Social Impact of Research (ESIR) expert group for the European Commission (EC) and co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) so-called “Partnership for Regional Innovation” programme. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Sussex Business School and of the Advisory Board of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium. He is also a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
His research interests focus on the economics of innovation and technological change as well as the related policy and measurement issues, both at national and regional/local level as well as at European and international level.