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.