The Chair in Digital Economics is based at UCLouvain and held by Prof. Paul Belleflamme.
Founded in June 2020, it acts as the interface between UCLouvain, Sponsors and DERN:

  • Sponsors are companies and organizations that are willing to foster academic research in digital economics;

  • DERN, which stands for ‘Digital Economic Research Network’, is an international network of researchers specialized in digital economics.

The overall objective of this partnership is to stimulate theory- and evidence-based research, meeting the highest standards of quality and objectivity, in the field of digital economics.

The Chair is responsible for the scientific coordination of the interaction between DERN and the Sponsors.
While the
members of DERN carry their research with full academic freedom and autonomy, research orientations are commonly agreed upon with the Sponsors, and the Sponsors are encouraged to contribute to the scientific activity by sharing data and institutional knowledge.

The current sponsor of the Chair is Google Ireland Limited (2020-2024).
Other sponsors have been approached and should join soon.

Related projects :

The Chair in Digital Economics is also involved in the following research groups and projects:

Research staff :




Paul Belleflamme