Ulrich Hilpert’s is Professor and Chair of Comparative Government at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. His major research fields include techno-industrial innovation, related government policies, restructuring, environmental technologies, globalization, and regional analysis. He has directed several international research networks on, for example,

• Archipelago Europe I: Islands of Innovation, A Trans-Atlantic Comparison on Regionalization of Innovation
• Archipelago Europe II: The Role of Europe’s Innovative Centre for Community Cohesion
• Fighting Deindustrialization: Opportunities and Problems of Innovation based Restructuring
• Regional Identity and Economic Development: The Role of Culture for socio-economic Change
• International Locations in Biotechnology: A transatlantic Comparison of 20 Islands of Innovation in Europe an the US
• Sub-national collaboration for regional development: the role of networking among regions, A research network supported by the Regional Studies Association (RSA), with co-director Nicola Bellini, Pisa, Italy
• Continentalization of Innovation: Divergent Processes of Regionalization in Europe and the US
• Virtualization of space through inter-regional networks, research network supported by the Regional Studies Association (RSA), with co-director Nicola Bellini, Florence, Italy
• Diversities of Innovation a series of workshops in Oxford (UK), Beijing (China), Berlin (Germany)
• Research Committee 11 on Science and Politics, International Political Science Association

Dr. Hilpert was consultant to the Commission of the European Communities (Brussels), to the Organzation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-TUAC), has been consultant to ministries in several German Länder and the Belgian Government of the Flemish Communities; to national and international labour unions and business organizations on innovation, workforce, and regional development. For six years, he has been running a working group on regional innovation and restructuring in East Germany jointly with Wolfgang Thierse (Speaker of the House, German Parliament). He is also on the board of two programmes funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology.

He has held positions at the Universities of Constance, Free University of Berlin, and the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He was a post-doctoral scholar at the European University Institute at Florence, Italy. He was visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California at Santa Cruz, Columbia University in New York City, the University of Pittsburgh, PA, the Roskilde University Center in Denmark, the University of Leipzig in Germany, the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and University of Chester. He is invited as a teaching and research scholar at the University of Ancona (Italy) and at the Istituto Sant’ Anna (Italy). In 2012, he was named Permanent Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, and became Permanent Visiting Professor at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila (Italy). He recently became an inaugural external faculty member, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).

Among his numerous books, recent titles include:
Diversities of Innovation (forthcoming February 2018),
Handbook on Politics and Technology (Routledge 2015),
Networking Regionalized Innovative Labour Markets, co-edited with Helen Lawton Smith (Routledge 2012),
Europe’s Changing Geography, co-edited with Nicola Bellini (Routledge 2013).

He is currently preparing a book on Government and the Culture of Economy: Diversities and Disparities for release in Autumn 2017 (Routledge). In progress is Biotechnology: Innovative Challenges and Opportunities of a New Technology, based on empirical research on 20 “Islands of Innovation” in Europe and the US, and on biographical information on thousands of researchers, co-publications and co-patents around the world. His publications include a wide range of scientific articles and public commentaries and notices. Besides having served as a reviewer and referee for several publishers and journals, he has edited special issues of Programm DS, of La trimestrale di scienza dell’aministrazione, and of European Planning Studies.

He has directed more than two dozen funded national and international research projects (counting for approximately $5.0 M). Currently he is preparing for two funded international research projects comparing Europe and North America on innovative societies and on Industry 4.0/digitalisation. These will start in Spring 2018.

Last but not least, Dr. Hilpert was the first German to become an elected Member of the Academy of Social Sciences, London; he is the only German social scientist invited as Member of the Danish Peer Review College, Copenhagen; and he was named Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.