Susanna Bolz

Susanna Bolz

Scientific employee (PhD candidate)


Max-von-Laue-Straße 1
28359 Bremen
Building WIWI 2, Room F 2240

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-66647


  • Environmental Innovations
  • Regional Economics
  • Transformation


Susanna Bolz is a research assistant (doctoral candidate) in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther at the University of Bremen since May 2021. She completed her Master's degree in Economics at the University of Cologne (M.Sc. 2020) and her Bachelor's degrees in Economics (B.Sc. 2016) and Sociology (B.A. 2015) at the University of Heidelberg. In the context of her dissertation, she analyses regional determinants of environmental innovation adoption of companies. She is further working on the effects of the use of hydrogen in steel production on the regional economy as part of the hyTracks research project.


Academic education and degrees

Since 05/2021

Scientific employee (PhD candidate)

University of Bremen

10/2016 – 08/2020

Master Programme: Economics

University Cologne

Specialization: Public Economics and Macroeconomics; Growth, Labor, and Inequality

Thesis: “UK’s Universal Credit – Does One Size Fit All?”

Degree: Master of Science

08/2018 – 06/2020

Student Assistant, Prof. Felix Bierbrauer, Chair for Public Economics

University of Cologne

10/2013 - 09/2016


Bachelor Programme: Economics (Political Economy)

University Heidelberg

Specialization: Economic Policy, Public Choice

Thesis: “Selectivity in the allocation of foreign aid – how donors give aid when corruption prevails”

Degree: Bachelor of Science

02/2016 - 05/2016

Internship German Institute for Development, project “Effectiveness and sustainability of Budget Support“

09/2014 – 12/2015

Student Assistant, Prof. Christina Gathmann, Chair of Labor Economics and Political Economy

University Heidelberg

09/2011 – 08/2015

Bachelor Programme: Sociology

University Heidelberg

Specialization:  Sociological Analysis of Institutions (Economy, Market, Organizations)

Thesis: “Der Einfluss der sozialen Herkunft auf die Berufswünsche von Jugendlichen“

Degree: Bachelor of Arts


Since 05/2021

Development of a stakeholder-oriented interaction platform for the design of resilient transformation paths to a regional hydrogen economy - HyTracks

Duration: 36 Months

Project start: 01.12.2020

In cooperation with: Research Group "Resilient Energy Systems" (University of Bremen)

Financed by: Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF)

Workshops, Conferences and Summer Schools



35. Annual EAEPE Conference - Leeds, UK

Titel “The effect of local institutions on environmental innovation adoption in Germany”


EAEPE RA(X) Paper Development Workshop - Stuttgart, Deutschland

Titel: The effect of local institutions on environmental innovation adoption in Germany



IERP Research Colloquium, Bremen, Deutschland

Titel: Regional determinants of environmental innovation in Germany


IERP Research Colloquium, Bremen, Deutschland

Titel: Putting hydrogen on the road? Evidence from stakeholder workshops from a metropolitan area in Northern Germany.


27/09 - 01/10

Scientific Seminar "Dimensions of Knowledge and Technology Transfer “ - Thiessow, Deutschland

Präsentation: Sustainability, Land Use and the Manufacturing Sector 
27/10PhD Workshop on Hydrogen Transformation - University of Groningen, Leeuwarden, Niederlande 

Präsentation: HyTracks - Development of an Interactive Platform for Stakeholders in the Industry 



Bolz, S., Thiele, J., & Wendler, T. (2024). Regional capabilities and hydrogen adoption barriers. Energy Policy, 185.