Dr. Barbara Breitschopf


Barbara Breitschopf studied Agricultural Science at the University of Hohenheim, specializing in Development Policy, and made various study trips to developing countries. After completing her degree and a six-month internship at the Sparkasse Hochschwarzwald, she was a trainee and employee of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. She then obtained a Master of Arts in Economics (MA) from Ohio State University and, at the same time, worked on her PhD at the University of Hohenheim and as a consultant for various economic cooperation organizations. After her doctorate in rural financial markets in transition countries, she worked as a researcher in the field of innovation economics at the University of Karlsruhe in the Institute for Economic Policy and Economic Research, and then as research assistant to the director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe. She has been working in the field of energy policy and energy markets since 2008, with a special focus on socio-economic issues of the energy and heat transitions. She heads different projects for the European Commission and national clients. She also works in parallel as a lecturer at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University), the International University Karlsruhe, and currently at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the field of resource economics.