Oliver Claas, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM/EBIM

"I have studied Mathematical Economics at Bielefeld University and Economics at Purdue University in the United States. Since I enjoyed writing my thesis on a topic in Economic Theory, I knew that I wanted to pursue a Ph. D. in that area after graduation.

 My main reason to apply for the EBIM program was that I appreciated the existing structure of a graduate school similar to those at most American universities such as Purdue, which combines a general economic education with the possibility of specialization in some field of research, and which greatly enhances the opportunities of contact and cooperation among its doctoral students and professors.

Now, after being a member of the International Research Training Group EBIM for several months, I am still favoring this concept and the way it is carried out. Furthermore, I value its international orientation with people from different countries and backgrounds together with the opportunity of a studying abroad experience at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Therefore, I am convinced that EBIM offers a very good program that I really can recommend."

Sonja Brangewitz, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM/EBIM

"Currently I am writing a doctoral thesis in mathematical economics within the International Research Training Group EBIM. In this graduate program I like in particular the idea of a mathematical approach to economics, the active involvement in research and the international exchange which is ensured by the cooperation between Bielefeld University and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

 The structured study program of EBIM, several internal workshops and mini courses helped me to find open questions to investigate in my doctoral thesis. Moreover, I had and have the possibility to participate and to present at international conferences. The cooperation with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne gave me the possibility to write my thesis in form of a co-tutelle and to spend my second year in Paris. The long and intensive cooperation between the two universities and the idea of a joint supervision helped me to successfully proceed with the research for my doctoral thesis. Summing up EBIM offers a wide range of opportunities to participate actively in the academic life on an international basis."

Philipp Möhlmeier, Ph.D. student at BiGSEM

"While I was finishing my studies in Mathematical Economics and Business Administration at Bielefeld University, I was looking for an outstanding Ph. D. program in Economic Sciences. From my point of view such a program must provide -- besides an excellent education -- the following opportunities: International orientation, interdisciplinarity and a working environment that strongly supports the academic exchange.

 As the Financial Crisis has shown, economists need to consider further aspects in their models and should be open minded for new techniques to deal with the increasing complexity of real-world economic phenomena. A graduate program like BiGSEM/EBIM promotes the exchange of different disciplines to manage the upcoming challenges in future research. Additionally, the close cooperations with other leading universities in Europe, especially the Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, and the financial support to attend international conferences, should be highlighted. Overall, I would strongly recommend the Ph. D. program of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management."



BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!