Universidad de Cantabria

Universidad de Cantabria (UC) is a public institution which provides university education for more than 15,000 students around the world. UC is a leader in research, as is demonstrated by several competitive studies analysing general and specific aspects of research in Spain. The research group: ECONPOINT leading this project is a dynamic group of researchers with broad expertise across public sector reform.

The University of Cantabria (UC) is consistently ranked in the Top 10 list of the Spanish ranking of the best universities in the country, both for its educational quality as well as its research quality and output. UC is a leader in research, as is demonstrated by several competitive studies analysing general and specific aspects of research in Spain. These have placed the UC´s R&D in an outstanding position for its productivity and quality. R&D groups maintain close and permanent links with companies, public administration and institutions to collaborate in the development of varied projects and studies that require a high level of specialization and competence. The projects carried out by these research groups cover the most varied aspects of Arts and Sciences in both basic and applied research. The first type of activity is mainly financed through public funds (principally the European Union Framework Programmes and National R&D Plans). The Department of Economics has been involved in national and international research projects and the results have been published in major outlets and leading international journals. The Department hosts high level academic conferences and congresses. The research group: ECONPOINT (Economic Policy International) leading this project is a dynamic group of researchers with broad expertise across public sector reform, especially public service innovation and new public management, led by Daniel Díaz-Fuentes and Judith Clifton. They have vast experience researching on the effects of public service innovation, such as efficiency, costs, service quality, citizen satisfaction, user participation and price. The ECONPOINT group also research on economic policy more generally, particularly across Europe and the OECD countries. The research group actively participate in EU and international research projects, including FP5, FP6 and FP7, European Investment Bank (EIBURS) and H2020 EACEA (Jean Monnet).