Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm

Aletta Haniel Professor for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship

+49 (0)361 / 737-4671
House 39/ Room 0105
Office hours:
Monday 12:00 - 14:00 hrs
(please make an appointment
through Mrs. Eisenhauer


Heike M. Grimm is Aletta Haniel Professor for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Erfurt and the Deputy Director of the Brandt School. She previously served as the Director of the Brandt School from 2006 until 2008 and from 2015 until 2019. Before she was Professor in Policy Analysis and Public Management with the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy of the University of Malta.

She served as the Director of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy from 2006 until 2008, and as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, from 2004 until 2008. She was senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins University and the German American Centre for Visiting Scholars in Washington, D.C.; visiting lecturerat the Higher School of Economics of the State University in Moscow and visiting professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs of Indiana University in Bloomington.

She accomplished diverse research projects focusing on entrepreneurship, small business promotion and economic development at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, and at Munich University. Her research has been funded 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, among others. Further, she has worked as consultant for public, non-profit and private organizations, among them, the Ministry of Economics of Kazakhstan and Belgium, and the OECD. She studied politics, economics, economic history and Arabic in Munich and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, holds a Doctorate from the University of Munich and a Habilitation from the University of Erfurt.

Research Interests: Entrepreneurship Policy, Comparative Political Economy, Strategic Management, NGO Management, Social Entrepreneurship

Full CV

Courses taught at the Brandt School (selection):

  • Comparative Public Policy (WS)

  • PNM: Social Entrepreneurship

  • PNM: Non-Profit Management

  • PNM/ IA: Haniel Spring School: Public Administration - Russia in Comparative Perspective (SS 2015)

  • Project Group: Conceptualizing a Business Plan for a Fairtrade Shop or Selling Point (WS 2014/15)

  • Project Group: The Emergence of Public Policy in Cross-Country Perspectives - A Publication Project (WS 2013/14 and 2014/15)

  • Project Group: The 'Social Impact navigator' - a Useful and Free-of-Chrage Tool which Needs to Reach the International NPO Community (WS 2016/17)

  • Political Advocacy and Leadership (WS 2016/17)

Kathrin Eisenhauer


Kathrin Eisenhauer


Juliane Corredor Jimenez


Shortly before the end 2019, the University of Erfurt received great news about an upcoming project– the University was awarded 775,000 Euros in federal grants, funding activities through...

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Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm and Juliane Corredor Jimenez organized a panel during the 4th International Conference on Public Policy at Concordia University Montréal, Canada, held bi-annually by...

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New Publication "Entrepreneurship in Public Policy Education: The Willy Brandt School as a Case" by Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm

From Industrial Organization to Entrepreneurship A Tribute to David B. Audretsch Springer 2019, 10.1007/978-3-030-25237-3

"Entrepreneurship in Public Policy Education: The Willy Brandt School as a Case" PDF

New Publication

Public Policy Research in the Global South
Springer, 2019, 10.1007/978-3-030-06061-9

Testing the causal relationship between academic patenting and scientific publishing in Germany: Crowding-out or reinforcement? In: Journal of Technology Transfer, Online First, Volume 40, No. 3, June 2015, 10.1007/s10961-014-9353-z (mit Johannes Jaenicke).

Full Publication List

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