Dr Kerstin J. Schaefer

Dr Kerstin J. Schaefer

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Economic Geography, Global Knowledge Flows, Standards, Mobility

About me

Kerstin Schaefer joined the LSE Department of Geography and Environment as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in October 2021 with her EU-financed Project “Disconnected research and development: The (temporary) spatial patterns of innovation” (DISCO). For the project, she works together with Prof Riccardo Crescenzi on analysing the intra-firm organization of global knowledge flows using patent data indicators. 

She completed her PhD in Economic Geography in 2020 at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography of Leibniz University Hannover. During her PhD, she spend time as a visiting fellow at University of California Los Angeles, the Universiteit Utrecht and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems und Innovation Research ISI. Her thesis titled “Competitiveness through R&D internationalization - Patent- and interview data based studies on a latecomer in the telecommunications industry” analyses the role of experienced inventors at Huawei Technology’s offshore labs for building innovation capability in the firm. Her research has been spanning boundaries between Economic Geography and International Business Studies. 

Her findings emphasize the importance of participation in global industry standards for emerging region firms’ competitiveness. For her project “Standardization of Automated Driving Technologies - An Opportunity for Market Entry of Emerging Regions?” she received a Leibniz Young Investigator Grant by the Leibniz University Hannover to investigate barriers to participation in standards for emerging region firms, in particular from China.

She is further interested in the future of mobility and transport. For her research on the digitalization of mobility access via apps she received funding by the VW Foundation for her joint project DAc2Mo with Christiane Meyer. The project investigates the risk of transport related social exclusion by the increasing digitalisation of access to public transport.

Selected Publications

Schaefer, K. J. / Tuitjer, L. / Levin-Keitel, M. (2021): Transport disrupted–Substituting public transport by bike or car under Covid 19, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 153, 202-217, DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2021.09.002

Schaefer, K. J. (2020): Catching-up by Hiring: The Case of Huawei, Journal of International Business Studies 51 (9), DOI: 10.1057/s41267-019-00299-5

Liefner, I. / Si, Y. / Schaefer, K. J. (2019): A latecomer firm's R&D collaboration with advanced country universities and research institutes: The case of Huawei in Germany, Technovation 86, 3-14, DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2019.03.002

Schaefer, K. J. / Liefner, I. (2017): Offshore versus domestic: Can EM MNCs reach higher R&D quality abroad? In: Scientometrics, 113 (3), 1349-1370, DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2533-5  

Expertise Details

Economic Geography; Global Knowledge Flows; Innovation Studies; Obstacles to Participation in Global Industry Standards; Mobility