Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics

The Centre for Regional and Innovation Economics is a research center at the University of Bremen / Department 7 Economics.

The CRIE stands for scientific orientated consulting between basic research and its practical implementation. Based on branch and cluster analysis the CRIE analyzes development and innovation potentials, drafts efficient structures of the innovation transfer and evaluates regional politic strategies and programs on all public platforms. The content of the research is the environment and energy sector with a special focus on peripheral power supply, wind energy and electro-mobility. The CRIE has a special competence in analyzing regional value added chains and potentials based on detailed offering, innovation and demand profiles of the involved branches. Another part of the portfolio of the CRIE is the implementation of the potential analysis into location concepts, cooperation and communication networks and into regional leading projects of technological development and innovation. Furthermore the members of the CRIE are familiar with the organization, moderation, and as regards content and scientific monitoring of workshops. The methodic spectrum includes i.e. public and structured interviews, evaluations based on questionnaires and statistic and econometric analysis.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Fornahl

After his studies of Economics in Hannover, Dublin and Berkeley Prof. Dr. Dirk Fornahl worked as a Post-Doc at the Max-Planck-Institute of Economic in Jena and obtained his PhD at the Friedrich-Schiller-University. He was an academic senate at the University of Karlsruhe and scientific leader and member of the management at the BAW Institute for regional economic research in Bremen. He habilitated for the department economics at the University of Bremen with the theme “The Meaning of Knowledge for the appearance and development of local clusters”. Since 2011 he has been lecturer and head of the CRIE.

His main fields of interest and research refer to regional science (regional Cluster life cycles, network relationships), to industry development (company growth, entrepreneurship research, Spinoffs) as well as to Innovations (effective policy support measures, innovation systems, support networks). From a methodical point of view his previous work has included qualitative as well as quantitative approaches (transverse and longitudinal analyzes).


Tel.: +49 421 218 – 66530


Antje Campen

Antje Campen studied Geography at the University of Bremen and at the London Guildhall University with focus on social and economic geography. Between 2003 and 2011 Mrs Campen worked as a scientific assistant at FORUM GmbH, Gesellschaft für Stadtentwicklung mbH and at the BAW Institute for regional economic research and evolved competences in regional and cluster research and city development. Since 2011 she has been working as a scientific assistant at the CRIE at the University of Bremen, where she collaborates at various projects with the themes cluster development, innovation strategies and evaluation projects for public purchasers (Bayern, Niedersachsen). Her thematic and applied focuses lie on regional innovation systems and innovation success studies. Her methodic expertise lies in the field of qualitative analysis (expert interviews, workshops, etc.).


Tel.: +49 421 218 – 66538


Cathrin Söllner

Cathrin Söllner is since February 2016 scientific assistant at the CRIE at the University of Bremen. In 2015 she graduated from University of Passau with two Master’s degrees ‘Geography – Culture, Environment and Tourism’ and ‘International Cultural and Business Studies’. Before (2011) she earned her bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Bonn and in 2010 she spent one year abroad at the University of Perugia in Italy. Her research interests lie in the area of Regional economy, intercultural management and cluster development.


Tel.: +49 421 218 – 66532

Nils Grashof

Nils Grashof successfully completed his Master´s degree in International Management Studies – Spanish at the Europa-Universität Flensburg in 2015. Previously he finished his bachelor in International Management – Spanish also at the Europa-Universität Flensburg and furthermore spent one semester abroad at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile. Since March 2016 Mr. Grashof has been working as a scientific assistant at the CRIE at the University of Bremen. His research interests lie in the area of International strategic management, organization, value network and business cluster.


Tel.: +49 421 218 – 66536