Dr. Tilman Altenburg

Department: Sustainable Economic and Social Development

Function: Head of department

Specialization: Economic Geographer

Work areas:
  • Private sector development in developing countries
  • Enviromental economic policy

Responsibilities in education and training:
  • Private sector development and promotion
  • Industrialisation and development
  • Determinants of international competitiveness
  • Concepts for private sector development


since 2006German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head of Department „Sustainable Economic and Social Development”

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head of Department „Latin America”
DIE Researcher
1994-1995 Scholarship of German Research Association / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Research on "World market integration and industrial competi-tiveness exemplified by small Latin American countries"
1992-1994 Research fellow of Philipps University Marburg
Research project "Trade liberalization and deregulation in small Third World countries"
1989-1991 Scholarship of German Academic Exchange ServiceDeutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Research on "Possibilities and limits of regional development in peripheral areas of Costa Rica"
1986-1989 Research fellow of the Latin American Institute of the Free University Berlin
Research project "Agro-industrial development as key to overcome the crisis in Costa Rica?"
1991 PhD in Economic Geography
Thesis on:
“Regional Economic Development. Case Studies from Peripheral Regions in Costa Rica”
1977-1986 University of Hamburg:
Studies in Economic Geography
Graduation in June 1986

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Tilman.Altenburg@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-182
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130


Sustainability-oriented Innovation Systems in China and India
Altenburg, Tilman (ed.) (2016)
London: Routledge


Industrial policy in developing countries: failing markets, weak states
Altenburg, Tilman / Wilfried Lütkenhorst (2015)
Cheltenham: Elgar


Boosting solar investment with limited subsidies: rent management and policy learning in India

Altenburg, Tilman / Tobias Engelmeier (2013)
in: Energy Policy 59 (8), 866–874


Rent management: the heart of green industrial policy

Schmitz, Hubert / Oliver Johnson / Tilman Altenburg (2013)
(IDS Working Paper 418)


Can industrial policy work under neopatrimonial rule?

Altenburg, Tilman (2013)
in: Adam Szirmai / Wim Naudé / Ludovico Alcorta (eds.)