Dr. Alexandra David

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Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture

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Born 1977. Communication science studies at the University Duisburg-Essen and economic studies at the Distant University in Hagen. Since January 2006 she is researcher at the Institute for Work and Technology, Westphalian University and part of the research department ‘Innovation, Space & Culture’. Here, her research questions focus on the topics of migration and innovation. Above all, she considers concepts of empowerment of immigrants as well as regional potentials of immigrant entrepreneurs. She is also interested in the integration and social participation of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Regional human capital concepts that promote sustainable, inclusive growth and a resilient society are part of her work.

She wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Twente (Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability) in Enschede (NL) titled: „Human Capital and the Role of Networks – Migration, Inclusion and New Qualification for a Sustainable Regional Economy”.

Dr. Alexandra David coordinates the research area "Migration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship".


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Publications (Selection)

David, Alexandra / Krüger, Daniel
2020: Entrepreneurial education for persons with disabilities: a social innovation approach for inclusive ecosystems. In: Frontiers in education, no. 5, p. 1-17

David, Alexandra / Coenen, Frans
2019: Knowledge in motion: highly-skilled migration and the role of regional networks. In: Advances in social sciences research journal 6, no. 4, p. 274-293

David, Alexandra / Barwinska-Malajowicz, Anna
2018: Where do we go from here? The EU migration flows after the Brexit referendum: possible future scenarios by the Polish example. In: Journal of globalization studies 9, no. 2, p. 3-17

David, Alexandra / Terstriep, Judith
2019: Innovation in informal ethnic entrepreneurship: a result of the opening of the EU’s borders? In: Ratten, Vanessa / Jones, Paul (eds.): Transformational entrepreneurship. London: Routledge, p. 58-77

David, Alexandra / Coenen, Frans
2017: Immigrant entrepreneurship - a chance for labour market integration of refugees? In: David, Alexandra David / Hamburg, Ileana (eds.): Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills in Europe: examples to improve potential entrepreurial spirit. Opladen: Barbara Budrich, p. 77-101

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