Charlotta Cordes

Charlotta Cordes

Scientific employee (PhD candidate)


Klagenfurter Str. 8

D-28359 Bremen
Building OEG, Room 3700

Phone: +49 (0)421- 218-66646


  • Postsocialist Transformations
  • Economic, Social and Cultural History of the GDR
  • Political Strategies and Actors in Unification and Post-Unification German Society

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Since May 2019, Charlotta Cordes is a scientific employee and PhD Candidate in the working group of Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther at the University Bremen. She is a part of the Research Group Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR“. In her dissertation Charlotta Cordes deals with the political strategies and actors of economic Transformation in the GDR and the New Federal States of Germany.


Academic education and degrees

since 05/2019

Doctoral Researcher, Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change / Research Centre for East European Studies (University of Bremen), BMBF-  Research Project „Obstacles to modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR“ (Head: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, University of Bremen)

05/ 2017 – 10/2017

Research Fellow at the Department of History (Leibniz University of Hannover)

10/ 2012 – 03/ 2017

MA in History University of Bremen

Title of MA thesis: „The Duke of Braunschweig as industrial entrepeneur in Nationalsocialism?“ (Award of the »Arbeitskreis für kritische Unternehmens- und Industriegeschichte e.V.« - Association for Critical Business History)

12/ 2015 – 02/ 2017

Researcher in the Project „The History of the House Hanover in the Third Reich“ (Head: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Rauh, University of Hannover), funded by „Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V.“ (Business History Society)

04/ 2016 – 05/ 2016

Student assistant in the Project „Digital History“ (Head: Prof. Dr. Magdalena Waligórska, University of Bremen)

08/ 2009 – 03/ 2013

Student assistant at the Research Centre for East European Studies (University of Bremen)

10/ 2006 – 09/ 2011

BA in Sociological European Studies (University of Bremen)

Titel of BA Thesis: „Stalinist writing? The Diary of Nina Lugovskaja 1932-1937

09/ 2008 – 02/ 2009European Studies (Latvijas Universitāte, Riga, Latvia)
02/ 2008 – 08/ 2009

Student assistant for Prof. Dr. Susanne Schmidt (University of Bremen), Bremer International Graduate School for Social Science (BIGSSS), Collaborative Research Centre: „Transformation of the State


Since 05/ 2019


Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR

Project lead:: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther (University of Bremen)

Sub-project 7: Strategies and Actors of Economic Transformation

Duration: 48 months

Project start: 01.12.2018

Founded by: BMBF

Project consortium: University of Bremen, Technical University of Berlin, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Europauniversität Viadrina


04/ 2013 – 02/ 2014

Tutor at the Department for Contemporary History and Culture of Eastern Europe (University of Bremen)

Workshops, Conferences and Summer Schools



Project: Political Strategies and Actors of the Economic Transformation in the GDR. 

Presentation at the Meeting 2nd of the Research Consortium “Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science in the GDR”, Technische Universität Berlin


Tension Field "Energy". The Restructuring of GDR Electricity Industry in the German Unification Society.

Presentation at the 4th International FRRESH Summer School for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Orilampi


  • Eine Adelsfamilie auf dem Weg in die Moderne. Der Herzog als Unternehmer im Nationalsozialismus, in: Rauh, Cornelia (Hg.), Das Haus Hannover im Dritten Reich. (in preperation)