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Petra Ahrweiler

Visiting Scholar

Petra Ahrweiler is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at University College Dublin and Director of UCD´s newly established Innovation Research Unit (IRU) at the Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL). Her main research interests are innovation networks, simulating complex social systems, agent-based modelling, social network analysis, and policy research. As a Visiting Scholar of the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, she is involved with a number of research projects on collaborative knowledge networks and innovation processes in knowledge-intensive industry sectors. Her new book "Innovation in complex social Systems“ will be soon published by Routledge, London.

Prof. Ahrweiler studied law, sociology, journalism and political science at the University of Hamburg finishing with her PhD in the area of science and technology studies at the Free University Berlin, where she was supported by the German National Merit Foundation. Since her habilitation thesis at the University of Bielefeld on social simulation of innovation processes she worked as a Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and as a Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Hamburg, where she built up a new research programme on innovation research. Prof. Ahrweiler has long experience as principal investigator and co-ordinator of international projects on innovation networks, e.g. the EU projects on "Simulating Self-Organizing Innovation Networks (SEIN)“ or "Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks“ (NEMO). She holds various research awards and is member of a number of advisory boards in both governmental and academic organisations.

Petra Ahrweiler

Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Professor of Technology and Innovation Management UCD
Innovation Research Unit (IRU) Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory CASL
University College Dublin
8 Belfield Office Park
Beaver Row
Dublin 4

Phone: +353 1 716 5367
Fax: +353 1 716 5396

petra.ahrweiler "at"


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