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Claudia Werker is an Associate Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation at the Department Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. Since 2022 she has been chairing the steering group Inclusive Research and Innovation (IRI) in STEM which has the task to implement TU Delft's strategic priority on IRI in STEM. Since November 2020 Claudia Werker has also served as the vice-chairwoman of the Works Council of Delft University of Technology. In addition, since 2013, she has been a visiting professor at the Research Area Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (TIME) at RWTH Aachen University.

Research interests

Currently, Claudia Werker focuses on Inclusive Research and Innovation (IRI) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines:

Gendered research: make women visible, column TU Delta, May 2021

Gendered Research and Innovation as Complement to Current TU Delft gender policy: DEWIS talks to Claudia Werker, December 2021

IRI in STEM fits with her overall research interest on how responsible research and innovation (RRI) systems evolve in the digital age, particularly analyzing effects of artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things platforms and big data. To this effect, Claudia Werker served as a member of TU Delft Vision Team Robotics that advised the rector and the general public on this matter.

Claudia Werker received her PhD-degree in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) from Freiberg University of Technology, Germany (summa cum laude), studying how collaboration and innovation transform socio-technical systems ever since. She has served as a referee for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as well as for numerous scientific journals. From the European Commission, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) she has gotten various grants.


Claudia Werker has published numerous articles in and co-edited five special issues for high-ranking peer-reviewed journals such as Technovation, Journal of Business Economics, Industry and Innovation, JASS, or Science and Engineering Ethics.

Selected Publications

Assessing responsible research and innovation (RRI) systems in the digital age (2020) in E. Yaghmaei & I. Van de Poel (Eds.), Responsible Research and Innovation Assessment Practices, Abingdon-on-Thames (U.K.): Routledge.

Balancing act between research and application: how research orientation and networks affect scholars’ academic and commercial output (2020) Journal of Business Economics, with Christian Hopp, (90) 1171–1197

Moving up the ladder: heterogeneity influencing academic careers through research orientation, gender, and mentors (2019), in Studies of Higher Education, with Ward Ooms and Christian Hopp, 1268-1289.

Personal and Related Kinds of Proximity Driving Collaborations: A Multi-Case Study of Dutch Nanotechnology Researchers (2016), in Springer Plus 5: 1751, with Ward Ooms and Marjolein Caniels.

Research Orientation and Agglomeration: Can Every Region Become a Silicon Valley? (2015), in Technovation 45-46: 78-92, with Ward Ooms, Marjolein Caniels and Herman van den Bosch.

A detailed publication list you can find on Google Scholar.

Academic background

Claudia Werker has been teaching Bachelor, Master and PhD students about Economics of Innovation and Technology including topics such as responsible innovation (systems), knowledge networks and innovation systems, technology and industry dynamics, innovation management, innovation and technology policy as well as university-industry linkages.

Free online course

Please feel free to join the free online MOOC on Big Data Strategies to Transform Your Business that runs regularly as self-paced course.

Master theses

For master thesis projects on Inclusive Research and Innovation (IRI) in STEM or RRI systems in the digital age, particularly analyzing effects of artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things platforms and big data please approach Claudia Werker via c.werker@tudelft.nl.

Tips on how to write a master thesis

The following videos give you an indication of how you write a master thesis (or scientific paper or book etc.):


Booth, W.C., Colomb J.M. and J.M. Williams (2016): The Craft of Research, Chicago University Press (Chicago and London), fourth edition.

University of Minnesota (2020): Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources., retrieved on 28.08.2020.

Werker, C., Ooms, W., & Caniëls, M. C. J. (2016). Personal and related kinds of proximity driving collaborations: a multi-case study of Dutch nanotechnology researchers. SpringerPlus, 5(1).


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