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Dr. Florian Hofmann


Doctorate of Economic Science (Dr. rer. oec.), M. Sc. Sustainability Science

For Dr. Florian Hofmann, entrepreneurial and social innovations are both drivers of a socio-ecological transformation of the economy as well as important impulses for changing lifestyles and social structures towards sustainability.

At the IÖW, the economist writes, researches and advises on the topics of circular economy, sustainable business models and innovation processes of companies, innovation ecosystems and governance of sustainability transformations.

His research goal is to develop potential solutions for the future viability of the economy and society. He uses a wide range of methods of qualitative social research. 

Main focus

  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability business transformations
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Alternative economic approaches


  • Since 04/2024: Researcher at the IÖW, Research Field “Business, Value Chains and Consumption”
  • 2021 – 2023: Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Science at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • 2020 – 2022: Researcher at the chairs of "Strategic Leadership and Global Management" and "Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics" at the Technical University Berlin
  • 2017 – 2020: Researcher in the "Environmental & Reliability Engineering" department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) in Berlin


  • 09/2022: PhD at the chair "Strategic Leadership and Global Management" at the Technical University Berlin
  • 2013 – 2017: Sustainability Science (Master of Science) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2009 – 2013: Business and Economics (Bachelor of Arts) at Münster School of Business
  • 08/2011 – 01/2012: Study abroad at San Diego State University (USA)