Georgeta Auktor

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Georgeta Auktor

Prof. Dr.

Beruflicher Werdegang

Prof. Dr. Georgeta Auktor (previously Vidican) joined the Faculty of Business Administration in the Summer Semester 2018. Since 2011 she has been working at the German Development Institute in Bonn, a development policy think-tank, as a senior researcher (until 2014) and as a research fellow (currently). Prior to joining the TH Nürnberg she held a professorship at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg at the Institute of Economics (from 2014 to 2017) and at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi (from 2008 to 2011).

Prof. Dr. Auktor earned her Doctoral degree in International Development and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, United States. She also holds a Masters degree in Applied Sociology (from University of Massachusetts Boston) and a Bachelor degree in Economics (from West University of Timisoara, Romania). In 2008 she received the Gill/Chin Lim award for the best doctoral dissertation in International Planning from the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from MIT.

Her research and teaching focuses on issues of green growth, industrial policy and private sector development, innovation systems and policy, entrepreneurship and competitiveness, technology and science policy, renewable energy and strategy in developing and emerging countries, and development policy and cooperation.


Development economics

International economics

Macro and microeconomics

Environmental economics

Energy and development

Research methods


Private sector development

Energy policy

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Science and technology policy

Green growth and sustainable development

Development policy and cooperation


Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Dees, P., Vidican-Auktor, G. (2018). Renewable energy and economic growth in the MENA region: Empirical evidence and policy implications. Middle East Development Journal. DOI: 10.1080/17938120.2018.1520000.
  • Pegels, A., Vidican-Auktor, G., Altenburg, T., and Lütkenhorst, W. (2017). The politics of green energy policy. Journal of Environment and Development. DOI: 10.1177/1070496517747660.
  • Carafa, L., Frisari, G., and Vidican, G. (2016). Electricity transition in the MENA: A de-risking governance approach. Journal of Cleaner Production. 128: 34-47.
  • Vidican, G. (2015). The Emergence of an innovation system for the solar energy sector in Morocco: Governance challenges. Innovation and Development. 5(2): 225-240.
  • Al-Saleh, Y. and Vidican, G. (2013). Innovation dynamics of sustainability journeys for hydrocarbon-rich Countries. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 7(2): 144-171.
  • Theeyattuparampil, V., Zarzour, O. A., Koukouzas, N., Vidican, G, Al-Saleh, Y., and Katsimpardi, I. (2013). Carbon capture and storage: State of play, challenges and opportunities for the GCC countries. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 7(2): 223-242.
  • Theeyattuparampil, V., Vidican, G, and Al-Saleh, Y. (2013). Challenges and opportunities for the emerging carbon capture, utilisation and storage innovation system in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 13(3): 284-307.
  • Vidican, G., Samulewicz, D., McElvaney, L. and Al-Saleh, Y. (2012). An empirical examination of the development of a solar innovation system in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Energy and Sustainable Development, 16(2): 178-188.
  • Samulewicz, D., Vidican, G. and Aswad, N. G. (2012). Expanding women´s involvement in science, technology and engineering career pathways: A case study for the UAE. Gender, Technology and Development, 16(2): 125-145.
  • Al-Saleh, Y., Vidican, G., Natarajan, L, and Varkey, V. (2012). Carbon capture, utilization and storage scenarios for the Gulf Cooperation Council region: A Delphi-based foresight study. Futures, 44(1): 105-115.
  • Aswad, N. G., Vidican, G. and Samulewicz, D. (2011). Creating a knowledge-based economy in the United Arab Emirates: Realizing the unfulfilled potential of women in the science, technology and engineering fields. European Journal of Engineering Education, 8(6): 599-570.
  • Aswad, N. G., Vidican, G. and Samulewicz, D. (2011). Assessing the impact of socio-economic inequities on college enrolment: Emerging differences in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(5): 459-471.
  • Rigter, J. and Vidican, G. (2010). Cost and optimal feed-in tariff for small scale photovoltaic systems in China. Energy Policy, 38, 6989-7000.
  • Vidican, G. (2009). Assessing land reallocation decisions during transition. Land Use Policy, 26(4): 1080-1089.
  • Vidican, G. (2008). Land reform and land use patterns in Romania. Development & Transition, Issues in Rural Development and Food Security, United National Development Program Newsletter, 11: 5-8, December (2008).
  • Vidican, G., Kumar, R., and Mahendra, A. (2008). Institutional innovations for development. Editorial in the MIT Journal of Planning, Projections, Volume 7, Spring 2008.
  • Vidican, G., and Aldea, A. (2007). Productivity growth in agriculture: Regional evidence from Romania. Journal of Computation and Economic Cybernetics Studies and Research, 3/4(41): 231-245.

Books and book chapters:

  • Dees, P. and Vidican Auktor, G. (2018). Renewable deployment in the MENA region: Growth effects and explaining factors. In Pouran H, Hakimian H (ed.): Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region: The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation, London: Gingko Library, 2018
  • Vidican Auktor, G. (2017). Renewable energy as a trigger for industrial development in Morocco. In Altenburg, T. and Assmann, C. (Eds.). Green industrial policy: Concept, policies, country experiences. German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwickungspolitik and UN Environment: Bonn.
  • Vidican-Auktor, G. (2017). Energy security, sustainability and development in Morocco. In Jalilvand, D. and Westphal, K. (Eds.). Changing dynamics of energy: Political and economic challenges for the MENA region. Chapter 10. Routledge: New York.
  • Vidican-Auktor, G. (2017). Systemic interventions to achieve a long-term energy transition towards sustainability. In Bianco, V. (Ed.) Analysis of energy systems: Management, planning and policy. Taylor and Francis: Florida, USA.
  • Vidican-Auktor, G. (2016). Lessons from reforming fossil-fuel subsidies. In Young, M. and Essau, C. (Eds.). Transformational Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Management: Guildelines for Policy Excellence. Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management. Chapter 5, pages 61-80. Routledge: New York.
  • Vidican, G. (2015). Scaling-up renewable energy in North Africa. In Rubino et al. (Eds).  Energy integration across the Mediterranean. Routledge. Chapter 4.
  • Vidican, G. (2014). Reforming fossil fuel subsidies in the MENA countries. In A. Pegels (Ed.), Green Industrial Policy in Emerging Economies, Chapter 7. Routledge Press.
  • Vidican, G. (2014). Renewable energy development in Egypt: The need for a new social contract. In G. Luciani and R. Farrouki (Eds.). The Political Economy of Energy Reform: The Clean Energy – Fossil Fuel Balance in the Gulf. Gerlach Press.
  • Vidican, G., Böhning, M., Burger, G., Müller, S., de Siqueira, E., and Wendt, S. (2013). Achieving inclusive competitiveness in the emerging solar energy sector in Morocco. Studies 79, The German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Vidican, G. (2012). Building domestic capabilities in renewable energy: A case study of Egypt. German Development Institute, Studies 66, Bonn.

Policy reports:

  • Hahn, T. and Vidican Auktor, G. (2018). "Industrial policy making in Morocco and its potential contribution to a new social contract". Discussion Paper 31/2018. Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Hahn, T. and Vidican-Auktor, G. (2017). “The effectiveness of industrial policy in Morocco: The case of automotive sector.” Discussion Paper 27/2017. German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Regeni, G. and Vidican-Auktor, G. (2017). The developmental state in the 21st century: Challenging the new social contract. Discussion Paper 4/2017. German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Hahn, T. and Vidican-Auktor, G. (2016). Industrial policy and upgrading: The case of the Moroccan automotive sector. Paper submitted to the OPC Policy Center call on “Industrialization in Africa: Towards new growth models.”
  • Dees, P. and Vidican-Auktor, G. (2016). The impact of renewable energy on economic growth: Evidence and policy implications for the MENA region. Paper submitted for the SOAS LMEI conference on “Environmental Challenges in the MENA region, London, 12-13 October 2016.
  • Vidican, G. (2016). Enabling and sustaining the energy transition in the MENA: A case study of Morocco. Paper
  • presented at the International Sustainability Transition Conference 2016, Exploring Transition Research as Transformative Science, September 6-9 2016, Wuppertal.
  • Vidican, G. and Carafa, L. (2016). The challenges of fossil-fuel subsidy reform in developing countries highly dependent on energy imports: A political economy analysis of Jordan and Morocco. Paper to be presented at the Joint Lund University and Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: The Politics of fossil-fuel subsidies and their reform. June 16-17.
  • Vidican, G. (2015). The political economy of reform fossil-fuel subsidies: A focus on the policy process. Policy report prepared for the GIZ. German Development Institute, Bonn.
  • Lütkenhorst, W., Altenburg, T., Pegels, A., and Vidican, G. (2014). Green industrial policy: Managing transformation under uncertainty. German Development Institute, Discussion Paper 28/2014, Bonn.
  • Breitschopf, B., Lehr, U., and Vidican, G. (2014). RE-Value policies: Policy instruments to support RE industrial value chain development. Report for the IEA Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Development (IEA-RETD).
  • Vidican, G. and Johnson, O. (2013). Inclusive energy transition: Negotiating knowledge, policy and politics. Paper presented at the PEGNet Conference, Copenhagen, October 17-18.
  • Vidican, G. and Stamm, A. (2013). The role of higher education institutions in technology, innovation and economic development in developing countries. The German Development Institute (DIE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Strategy paper for the GIZ.
  • Altenburg, T. and Vidican, G. (2012). Industrial development and employment promotion through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies: International experience and policy options for southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. Strategy paper contributing to the Mediterranean Solar Plan of the Union for the Mediterranean, Barcelona.
  • Vidican, G. (2012). Green electricity exports from the MENA region to Europe. Green Economy and Trade Opportunities, UNEP, November 2012.
  • Vidican, G. (2012). Cross-Mediterranean energy transition: A multi-dimensional endeavour. German Development Institute, The Current Column of 30 April 2012, Bonn.
  • Al-Saleh, Y. and Vidican, G. (2011). The role of research universities in creating a clean-tech industry: Theory, international experience and implications for the United Arab Emirates. MIT-IPC Working Paper 11-002, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
  • Vidican, G., Samulewicz, D. and Ghazal-Aswad, N. (2010). Advancing women’s participation in science, technology and engineering Education. A case study of the UAE. Research Report. Masdar Institute, October 2010, Abu Dhabi.
  • Vidican, G., Woon, W. L., and Madnick, S. (2009). Measuring innovation using bibliometric techniques: The case of solar photovoltaic industry. Working Paper #2009-05, Composite Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), Sloan School of Management, MIT, Cambridge, April.
  • Lester, R., Reynolds, E., Martinez-Vela, C., Vidican, G., Colatat, P., and Dean, R. (2009). Massachusetts in the global economy: An initial competitive assessment of two key sectors. Final report prepared for the John Adams Innovation Institute, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Industrial Performance Center, MIT, Cambridge MA.
  • Vidican, G., and Kim, A. (2008). From workers to owners: The impact of property rights reforms on investment and sustainable productivity growth in Romania. William Davidson Institute Working Paper #905. University of Michigan, February 2008.
  • Kim, A., and Vidican, G. (2007). Fast and slow: Bucharest’s transition to a private housing market. William Davidson Institute Working Paper. University of Michigan.
  • Vidican, G. (2000). Evaluation of the rural development potential in Timis County in collaboration with USAID and the World Bank, Washington DC. Center for Social Science Research, Research Report, Timisoara, Romania.