Rolf Sternberg

Keynote Policy Session

Rolf Sternberg

Professor @ Leibniz University

Rolf Sternberg, Economic Geographer and born 1959, has studied economic geography and received a doctorate (Ph.D., 1987) and the habilitation (1994) from the University of Hannover, Germany. Between 1995 and 1996 he worked as a full Professor of Regional Geography at the Technical University of Munich (Bavaria, Germany). From 1996 until 2005 he was a full Professor of Economic and Social Geo­graphy at the University of Cologne, Faculty of Economics and Social Science. In 2005 he moved to Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, and became a full Professor of Economic Geography.

Sternberg’s main research interests are the spatial consequences of innovation and technology policy activities (e.g., technology policy instruments like business incubators/science parks), the geographical implications of digitization, and the regional causes and effects of entrepreneurship. Beside seven books he has published almost 200 articles covering highly ranked journals like ‚Research Policy’‚ Regional Studies‘, ‚Economic Geography‘, ‚European Planning Studies‘, the ‚Journal of Economic Geography’ or ‚Small Business Economics‘.

His most important book publications include „Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity“ (2014, jointly edited with Gerhard Kraus), „Regional Dimensions of Entrepreneurship“ (2009), „German Start-up Regions“ (2006), „Entrepreneurship in Germany – Start-up activities from an international perspective„ (2000), „Technology policy and high-tech regions“ (1998, 2nd ed.) and „Balance of a boom“ (1997, 2nd ed.) on German incubators.

Since 1998 he is the leader of the German team of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). Among other research projects he is currently involved in ZDIN (Centre for Digital Innovation Lower Saxony) with a project on the spatial effects of digital skills and infrastructure and, funded by the German Research Association, another project on the role of digitalisation/home-office for COVID-19’s impact on interregional economic disparities.

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