AGYA Member

Luise Fischer

International Economics, Human & Historical Geography

Areas of Expertise:
Human Geography, Historical Geography, International Innovation Policy, Knowledge Transfer and the Role of Universities in Societies, Sustainable Development and Innovation

About me

After completing my PhD in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh, I started working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Fraunhofer Center with a focus on the geography of innovation. I have been leading several research projects funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, including collaborative research (with the TUHH, Hamburg) on the role of frugal innovation, a new sustainable form of innovation deriving from India. I’ve further been conducting research on innovation management for employability in Tunisia and on innovation in the life sciences. Since autumn 2018, I am leading a project on innovation policy addressing the water-food-energy nexus in Egypt. Due to my passion for progress in the international humanities and social sciences and my strong interest in the geography of sustainable innovation in the MENA region, I am delighted to be a member of AGYA. I envision collaborative transdisciplinary projects on the entrepreneurial university and knowledge transfer in the MENA region, particularly Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and Oman.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Arab and German Education;Transformation;Energy, Water and Environment;Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • Development of a teaching module for the promotion of professional competence in Tunisia (BMBF, 05/17 - 01/19).
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the Water Energy-Food Nexus: The Case of Egypt (BMBDF, starting 11/2018).
  • Envisioned collaborative projects with universities in the MENA region addressing knowledge transfer and sustainable innovation, also in collaborating with German Universities in Egypt and Oman and Tunisia (planned)

Academic Career


2015 - present


Postdoctoral research fellow, Unit ‘Innovation Policy and Transfer Design’ at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, Leipzig, Germany; vice representative of Fraunhofer IMW to the scientific-technical advisory board of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft


2008 - 2015


Tutor and Demonstrator, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK


2014 - 2014


Post-doctoral assistant, ‘Historical innovation: How industrial technology was migrated to culturally diverse colonial locations in the 19th century’,  University of Dundee, UK


2014 - 2014


Accredited Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK (HEA), Institute for Academic Development (IAD), University of Edinburgh


2009 - 2014


PhD in Human Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK


2008 - 2009


MSc in ‘Environment, Culture and Society’, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK


2005 - 2009


‘Diplom’ (MSc equ.) in Economics, Free University Berlin, Germany    


2008 - 2008


Carlo-Schmid-Fellow, Staff Development & Learning Section, United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG)


2006 – 2007


Maîtrise (taught Master equ.) in Economics, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne, France


2007 – 2007


Stagiaire/Intern, Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OECD, Paris


Selected Publications

  • Busch, H.-C., Dauth, T., Fischer, L., & Souza, M. (2018). ‘Frugal Innovation Approaches to Sustainable Domestic Energy: Two Cases of Solar Water Heating from Brazil.’ International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 10(3/4), 231–257.
  • Tiwari, R., Fischer, L. and Kalogerakis, K. (2017a). ‘Frugal Innovation in Germany: A Qualitative Analysis of Potential Socio-Economic Impacts.’ Working paper No. 96. Hamburg, Institute for Technology and Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig.
  • Tiwari, R., Fischer, L. and Kalogerakis, K. (2017b). ‘Frugal Innovation: An Assessment of Scholarly Discourse, Trends and Potential Societal Implications’ In: C. Herstatt and R. Tiwari (Eds.): Lead Market India: Key Elements and Corporate Perspectives for Frugal Innovations, Heidelberg, p. 13-35.

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