Research Profile

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Major areas of research are comparative European-American studies focusing on the role of polities, politics and governmental policies for techno-industrial innovation, economic and social restructuring, globalisation and regional and metropolitan development.

Here is a list of international research networks (selection):

    Archipelago Europe I: Islands of Innovation - A transatlantic comparison of the regionalisation of innovation (funded by the Commission of the European Communities)

    Archipelago Europe II: The Role of Europe's Innovative Centre for Community Cohesion (funded by the Commission of the European Communities)

    Fighting Deindustrialisation: Opportunities and Problems of Innovation-based Restructuring (funded by the Commission of the European Communities)

    Regional Identity and Economic Development: The Role of Culture for Socio-economic Change (Foundation Europe of the Cultures)

    International Locations in Biotechnology: A transatlantic comparison of 20 Islands of Innovation in Europe and the US (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Development, the  Hans-Böckler-Foundation and the Ministry of Research of Thuringia)

    Continentalisation of Innovation: Divergent Processes of Regionalisation in Europe and the US (funded by the Foundation of German Entrepreneurs to Foster Scientific Research)

    Sub-national Collaboration for Regional Development: The Role of Networking among Regions, with Nicola Bellini (funded by the Regional Studies Association)

    Virtualisation of Space, with Nicola Bellini (funded by the Regional Studies Association (ongoing))


    In sum, Ulrich Hilpert directed more than twenty research projects on national or comparative issues that are valued more than $ 3.3 M.


    The Chair of Comparative Government cooperates within the following network:

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