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Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler

Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, UCD Innovation Research Unit (IRU), University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Research field: Social Sciences
Innovation Networks, Complex Social Systems, Agent-based Modelling


Awards and Grants

  •  Mar 2010 
    Best-Paper-Award FP7 Support Action - Crossroad
  •  Sep 2001 
    German Mediation Research Award
  •  Nov 2000 
    Heisenberg Grant Award (5 years)

Biographical Information

Petra Ahrweiler is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at UCD, Director of UCD´s newly established Innovation Research Unit IRU, and a permanent Research Affiliate of the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, USA. She studied law, sociology, journalism and political science at the University of Hamburg finishing with her Ph.D. 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. Petra 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) and on Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO). She holds various research awards and is a member of various advisory boards in both governmental and academic organisations.


Professional Experience

2007 - Present
Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at UCD Innovation Research Unit (IRU), University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

2000 - Present
Universität Bielefeld - University of Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany
1994 - Present
Free University Berlin in Berlin, Germany
PhD in Science and Technology Studies
1990 - Present
University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany
Diplom (Dipl.-Soz.)

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