Before joining UCL IIPP, Rainer led Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance for 10 years, building it into one of the leading innovation and governance schools in the region. His background is in philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.
Rainer has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of E-Estonia Council advising the Prime Minister of Estonia.
He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His recent books include:
- Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy: A Twenty-First Century Agenda (edited with Leonardo Burlamaqui; Routledge, 2018)
- Special issue of Industrial and Corporate Change on mission-oriented innovation policy (edited with Mariana Mazzucato, 2018).
- Innovation Bureaucracy (with Wolfgang Drechsler and Erkki Karo; Yale, forthcoming in 2020)
In 2013, he received Estonia’s National Science Award for his work on innovation policy.