Heike Grimm is assistant professor of the University of Erfurt. From 2006 until 2008 she served as director of the Erfurt School of Public Policy and from 2002 until 2008 as associate professor holding the Research Lectureship for Public Policy at the University of Erfurt. She also serves as member of
the department "Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy" at the
Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany.
Her research focuses on entrepreneurial public policies for the promotion
of state, local and regional economic growth in comparative perspectives.
research has been funded, among others, by the European Science
Foundation, the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of
Economics, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, and
the Haniel Foundation.
Before taking up her appointments at Erfurt and Jena, Dr. Grimm worked
as a Senior Fellow at the German-American Center for Visiting Scholars
in Washington D.C., an institution affiliated with the American
Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and the Johns Hopkins
University. Dr Grimm led diverse research projects focused on small
business and regional economic development at the Research Institute of
Public Administration of the German University of Administrative
Sciences Speyer, and at Munich University.
In addition, she has worked as a consultant for the Ministry of
Economics in Lower Saxony, the Ministry of Economics in Brandenburg, and
for consultancies in Berlin, Hamburg and Brussels, Belgium. Currently,
she works with German and European associations for small and
medium-sized enterprises promoting public policies for SMEs and
She studied Political Science, Economics, History of Economics and
Arabic at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and at the London
School of Oriental and African Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from the
University of Munich.