Since 2017, I am Associate Professor at University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Department of Human Geography and Social Planning. I have obtained a PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the Friedrich- Schiller-University of Jena in 2008 and received my Habilitation in Economic Geography from the Leibniz University of Hannover in 2015.

Between 2004 and  2008, I have been working as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in Jena. From 2008-2011 and held the position of a Post-Doc in the Department of Economic Geography at Utrecht University. Subsequently, I became a Juniorprofessor at Leibniz University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography in Hannover from 2011-2016.

My research is focused on geography of innovation, knowledge networks, analysis of R&D policy, methods of social network analysis, regional innovation systems, renewable energies, tourism.

My teaching encompasses courses on Economic Geography, Advanced Statistics, Social Network Analysis, and the Geography of Innovation.