Members of the Commission of Experts

Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek

Head of the Digital Economy research unit at the ZEW Mannheim and professor at the University of Gießen

Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek has been a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation, appointed by the German Federal Government since 1 May 2019.

Since 2001, she has been head of the ‘Digital Economy’ research unit at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim. She has also held the professorship in ‘Economy of Digitalization’ at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen since 2017.

After studying economics at the University of Mannheim (Diploma) and the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Master of Arts), majoring in econometrics and industrial economics, Dr. Irene Bertschek received her doctorate from the Université catholique de Louvain as part of the European Doctoral Programme. During this time, she spent research stays at CREST-INSEE in Paris and at the Humboldt University Berlin.

She has been working at the ZEW since 1999. From 2011 to 2017, she was Professor of Applied Empirical Economic Research at the University of Mannheim. Her research focuses on how digitalization changes economic processes and how it affects the productivity and innovation behaviour of businesses. Her methodological expertise lies in applied microeconometrics and the analysis of firm-level data.

She works on numerous national and international economic research projects and is associate editor of Information Economics and Policy. She is member and deputy president of the Steering Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s National Research Programme “Digital Transformation“. She is also a member of the Plattform Lernende Systeme – Germany’s Platform for Artificial Intelligence at acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering. Furthermore she advises policymakers in various projects, committees and working groups dealing with the digitalization of the economy.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner (Chairman)

Professor of Economics/Microeconomics at the  Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Prof. Uwe Cantner has been a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation since December 2015. Since May 2019 he has been chair of the Commission. 

He holds the chair of Economics/Microeconomics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where he is also Vice President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management. Furthermore, he is Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. As visiting professor, Uwe Cantner taught at the Collegio Carlo Albert in Turin, Italy, as well as at various universities in France. 

He was and is head of several committees such as the Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, which he headed in 2013/2014. From 2005 to 2011, he was deputy head of the Governing Boards of the DIME EU Network of Excellence (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe). He was chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Halle Institute of Economic Research (IWH) from 2012 to 2016.

Today, Professor Cantner is member of the scientific commission of the Mannheim Innovation Panel at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Director of the Jena Graduate School “Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change”, member of the Board of Directors of the “Schumpeter Centre for the Study of Social and Economic Change” and member of the scientific commission of the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

Uwe Cantner is editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics and co-editor of numerous other publications. He has published six books and more than hundred scientific essays in international journals to date. He studied at the universities of Augsburg and Detroit, obtained his doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and qualified as a professor at the University of Augsburg. 

His research work focuses on innovation economics in the fields of entrepreneurship and start-up research, cluster, network and transfer research, industrial dynamics, radical and transformative change, science and higher education research, indicators, and research and innovation policy.

Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler

Professor of Organization, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University Passau

Since 1 May 2019, Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler has been a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation, appointed by the German Federal Government.

Dr. Carolin Häussler holds the Chair of Organization, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Passau. She also runs the International Centre for Economics and Business Studies, which she founded.

Her research focuses on innovation management and entrepreneurship. The gene scissors CRISPR/CAS, the rapidly advancing digitalisation or the increasingly public science - the so-called Open Science - are just a few examples of how research progress is continuously changing the world of life and business. Professor Häussler is interested in the interfaces at which this happens and how new findings are translated into new technologies. In particular, she examines the interfaces between universities, entrepreneurs, large companies and political decision-makers in order to optimise them. Her work has been published in numerous renowned journals and has been awarded numerous prizes. She works for public and private organisations as a scientific advisor and as a mentor for various start-ups. In recent years, her teaching has been intensively dedicated to the development of interdisciplinary study programmes in the field of Digital Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Professor Häussler studied business administration at LMU Munich and as a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also worked as a student and later as a lecturer at the Centre for Digital Technology and Entrepreneurship (CDTM) at TU Munich and LMU Munich. She did her PhD at LMU Munich and also completed her "Habilitation" there with a thesis on incentives, preferences and opportunities in innovation processes. She was also a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Prof. Dr. Till Requate

Chair of Innovation, Competition Policy and New Institutional Economics at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

Prof. Dr. Requate has been a member of the German Federal Government’s Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation since 1 May 2020.

He holds the Chair of Innovation, Competition Policy and New Institutional Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

Till Requate studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Bielefeld University, where he earned his doctorate in economics with a dissertation on game theory and industrial organization and then completed his habilitation with contributions to environmental economics. After serving as a visiting professor of economic theory at the University of Oldenburg, he was appointed Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Heidelberg from 1996 to 2002. There he headed the interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics and was Chair of the Research Training Group Environmental and Resource Economics from 1998 to 2002.

Since 2002, Till Requate has been Professor of Economics in Kiel, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences from mid-2016 to mid-2020. His main research specialties include environmental economics, in particular with focus on of incentives for innovation through environmental policy instruments, and experimental economics.

Professor Requate has won several scientific awards, including the Eric Kempe Prize of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2004 and the Best Paper Award of the German Society for Health Economics in 2013. In addition to numerous stays abroad (e.g. at the University of California at San Diego, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin), Till Requate was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management from 2013 to 2018 and associate editor of various other economic journals (e.g. European Economic Review, Resource and Energy Economics). He has worked as a consultant for the OECD, the World Bank, InWent and various ministries.

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