Chair S4: Inter-sectoral mobility – MSCA as a tool for launching and fostering collaborations
Mark Whittle is a Partner at the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES). He has 20 years’ experience in evaluating EU policies and programmes. In respect of researcher mobility, he led a Feasibility Study on Fostering Industrial Talents in Research for the European Commission’s DG RTD, which required mapping national, international and EU-funded intersectoral researcher mobility schemes mobility schemes for researchers. For DG EAC, he currently has a QA role in respect of a study to assess the impact of the MSCA on internationalisation and for DG RTD, a similar role on the MORE IV study to update the assessment of researcher mobility.
Earlier, he led the first ever evaluation of Erasmus Mundus. Among the evaluation issues analysed was the involvement of third countries in the programme, and the role of international mobility within the programme in contributing to academic excellence.
He has worked across a broader range of policy areas, including evaluating financial instruments schemes, carrying out regulatory fitness checks (for instance, of industrial product legislation) and in undertaking sectoral competitiveness studies. He is a graduate of Swansea University where he obtained a first-class honours degree.