Michael Rothgang has been a member of the RWI staff since January 2000. From 2008 to 2014, he was Deputy Head of the research division "Enterprise and Innovation", which is now integrated in the research division "Environment and Resources". He studied economics at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and Wayne State University in Detroit. During his doctoral studies in ecological economics, he worked as a research assistant at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg.
His main research interests are the evaluation of technology programs and the transfer of knowledge from science to business firms, as well as impact mechanisms of cluster policies. Most recently, he worked on innovation processes in plastics recycling, the use of secondary raw materials, and innovation activities in North Rhine-Westphalia.
He has been project manager numerous research projects, including large technology policy evaluation projects. These include the evaluations of the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition and the collaborative Industrial research program as well as the Innovation Report North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, he has published numerous scientific papers in his field of research. As ombudsperson, he is responsible for ensuring good scientific practice at the RWI.