Rainer Quitzow


Rainer Quitzow currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and Senior Lecturer at the Chair for Innovation Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin. His research focuses on sustainable innovation and industrial policy and governance of the energy transition in Germany and beyond. In particular, he has focused on the internationalization of emerging renewable energy industries and the changing role of emerging economies in this context. He regularly engages in policy-oriented advisory work for both German and international clients. Before his career as a researcher, Rainer Quitzow worked in the field of international development with a focus on governance, environmental and trade policy. At the World Bank in Washington, DC he conducted governance and policy impact analysis for the preparation of development programs in Latin America and Africa.

• Since 2014: Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam & Senior Lecturer at the Chair for Innovation Economics, Technische Universität Berlin
• 2013 – 2014: Research Fellow at the Chair for Innovation Economics, Technische Universität Berlin
• 2012 – 2015: PhD in Political Science, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
• 2009 – 2013: Research Fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
• 2005 – 2008: Junior Professional / Consultant at the Sustainable Development Divison, World Bank (Washington, DC)
• 2003 – 2004: M.A. in Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies (Den Haag), Erasmus University Rotterdam
• 2002 – 2003: Campaign Officer at Oxfam Deutschland (Berlin)
• 1998 – 2001: B.A. in Metropolitan Studies, New York University

Doctoral Thesis

A dynamic perspective on environmental innovation and national competitiveness - an assessment of policy and empirical evidence from the solar energy sector

Supervisors: Dr. Klaus Jacob, Prof. Miranda Schreurs

Completed Projects at the Environmental Policy Research Centre

Green Jobs: Beschäftigungswirkungen einer Green Economy (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, 2013)

Green Jobs in Asia - Potentials and Prospects (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2012 - 2013)

Overview and assessment of tools for assessing the impact of trade policy and promotion on the environment in the context of development cooperation (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, 2012)

Lead Markt-Strategien - First Mover, Early Follower, Late Follower (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 2010 - 2013)

Umweltpolitische Strategieentwicklung - Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement umweltpolitischer Ziele und Strategien (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, 2009 - 2011)

Erhebung von Lernerfahrungen der Technischen Zusammenarbeit in der Umweltpolitikberatung in ausgewählten asiatischen Ländern (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbteit, GIZ, 2009 - 2010)

Meta-Analyse – Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien in Politik und Wirtschaft (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 2008 - 2011)