He is a Research Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and Director of INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) a joint research centre of CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, working on the interdisciplinary analysis of research and innovation processes, and the design and evaluation of science, technology and innovation policies. He received a “licenciatura” in Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1985) and a MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University (1987). He received a DPhil from the University of Sussex with a dissertation on the relationship between military production and innovation in Spain he wrote at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). He remained in the United Kingdom working as Fellow at the Department of Politics of the University of Glasgow (1989-1991), and as a Research Fellow and later Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at SPRU (1991-2005). In 2005 he joined CSIC as a Research Professor.
His research focuses on the evaluation of science and technology policies, and the analysis of innovation patterns in the defence and security industries. He has led and contributed to many research projects for a wide variety of organisations, including the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the French and British ministries of defence, INSERM, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission, and the Russell Group of British universities among many others. He is editor of Research Evaluation, a journal published by Oxford University Press and President of the Euroepean Network of Indicator Designers (ENID). He has been a member of many European Commission expert groups, and chaired the Science Europe working group on Research Policy and Programme Evaluation. He is national expert in the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee in its configuration “Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies”.