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Roman Stöllinger is assistant professor at Economics of Technology and Innovation (ETI) section of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Before that he was working as an economist at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) where he is still associated as a Senior Research Associate. He also works regularly as an expert for industrial development for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Business Studies from the University of Innsbruck and a PhD in Economics from the University of Vienna.


His research gravitates around international trade, foreign direct investment and structural change with global value chains as the centre of interest. In the context of global value chains he is particularly interested in the hierarchical relationships between countries and the ways firms and countries diversify and move to new products and value chain functions. His research extends to organisational and technological capabilities necessary to structural upgrading in value chains. Further areas of research are labour market implications of technological change and industrial policies for the ecological transformations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, PhD in Economics, University of Vienna

Award Date: 2 Dec 2015

Master's degree, International Economic and Business Studies (Social and Economic Sciences), University of Innsbruck

Award Date: 30 May 2000

Graduate Certificate of European Business Studies, Rouen Business School (ESC Rouen)

Award Date: 19 May 1999


  • HB Economic Theory
  • HC Economic History and Conditions


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