UM-MERIT is a joint research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University (UM), The Netherlands. UM-MERIT hosts an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge aimed at resolving the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare. The Centre’s research and policy work brings to the forefront the particular role of the state, the structure and governance of national institutions, their characteristics, and their effectiveness.
UM-MERIT provides insights into the social, political and economic factors that drive technological change and innovation. The Centre’s research and training programmes address a broad range of policy issues relating to the national and international governance of science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the creation, diffusion and access to knowledge.
Within UM-MERIT, the Collaborative Creativity Group (CCG), to which the research staff for the project TAO belongs, investigates the socio-economic aspects of collaboration across all domains. It examines the mechanisms that enable people and companies to innovate together, and helps policymakers to create a positive environment for creativity and innovation, promoting economic growth and social welfare.
UM-MERIT has proven excellence in the area of online collaboration communities and organisations in a number of projects targeting different communities, world regions, sectors, demographic groups, and aspects of social life in online communities.