The professorship has been newly established by the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics in close connection to the large scale research project Mod-Block-GDR (Obstacles to modernisation in the economy and society of the GDR). The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research financially supports the project with several million Euros in its initial phase of four years (2018 to 2022). The project is coordinated by Jutta Günther in the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics in Bremen. The project’s overall objective is to investigate the long term effects of socialism and transition on the structural economic weaknesses in East Germany. Thereby, the inner-German as well as the international comparison with Central and Eastern Europe will play an important role. The newly established professorship will contribute to this with research about obstacles to modernization in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Michael Rochlitz can draw upon an outstanding scientific career at international Universities. He studied economics and political science in Paris (Sciences Po) and Scotland (St. Andrews), development economics at SOAS in London, and Russian language at the Lomonossow University Moscow. He obtained his doctoral degree in economics in Italy at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (2009 to 2013). After this, he was an assistant professor at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow (2014 to 2017). From 2017 to 2019, he was active in the research area and master program “East European Studies” at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. His research interests are institutional economics, political economy, and comparative economics.
We warmly welcome Michael Rochlitz at the University of Bremen, and we are looking forward to cooperate in research and teaching.