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Public sector innovators

The public sector social innovation network aims (a) to create connections between civil servants (mainly medium-ranking officials) at European level, (b) to promote learning across different policy areas (at regional level) and (c) to promote social innovation policies and/or programmes in at least three of these five policy areas: employment, health, education, social services and environment.

Meet your Network Facilitator's...

Javier Castro

Javier is Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at Sinnergiak Social Innovation (UPV/EHU). He has also been a researcher for ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées – Francia) and lecturer in topics related to Social Innovation, Sociology and the Creative Industries in several masters courses. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the Fund for University Quality Improvement Program (FOMEC) and to the Ministry of Science and Education. 

Javier holds a PHD in Science, Technology and Society by the University of the Basque Country and a Master degree in Higher Education by the University of Palermo/UNESCO:

His Research topics of interest are: social innovation indicators; social innovation and hybrid innovations; cultural and creative industries; talent, skills and competences in social innovation and creative industries.

Alvaro Luna 


Álvaro is a researcher and project manager at Sinnergiak Social Innovation (UPV/EHU). He is an experienced lecturer in the National Distance Education University (UNED) where he has taught Sociology and methodologies of social research since 2013..

He holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master Degree in Management of Innovation and Knowledge by the University of the Basque Country. He is interested in the urban and sociocultural challenges and dynamics that operate and influence processes of social change, and social innovations inside city regions. He is also focused on the study of creative and cultural industries and their impact and development inside the economy of cities, the development of research methodologies and skills in the management of innovative processes, and the economic underpinnings and impact of social innovations. 

Igone Guerra 

Igone works as project manager for Sinnergiak Social Innovation.

Igone has a long track record of managing local, regional and international projects thanks to her experience working for institutions such as Basque Government, UNICEF, ILO and the University of the Basque Country.

She has a diverse academic background including a professional master degree in Social Innovation and Knowledge by the University of Basque Country and a Research master degree in Knowledge Society. She is also Executive MBA by ESIC and PMP by the Project Management Institute.

Her areas of interest are: social innovation, public policies, international cooperation and corporate communication.

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