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United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology.  UNU-MERIT is a joint research and training centre of United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University, The Netherlands.  Their mission is to provide insights into the social, political and economic factors that drive technological change and innovation, with a particular focus on the creation, diffusion and access to knowledge. The Centre's research and policy work, and its extensive PhD training and capacity development programmes explore the complementary roles of states, research institutions, the private sector, civil society organizations in bringing about innovation for equitable and environmentally sustainable economic development.