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The deans are responsible for the strategic leadership of the department. They are elected by the department council and prepare and execute the council's resolutions. As such, they decide on human and material resources within the framework of the department's strategic plan and represent the department's interests to the university rectorate. In addition, the deans are responsible for the organization of studies and examinations.

In 2021, the department has agreed on a rotation principle for the deans. Every two years, the deans will change roles and one member will be exchanged. The roles inlude the Dean and two Vice Deans, one of whom serves as the Dean of Studies. The deans are supported in their work by the Deans' Office.

Our current team of deans:

Prof. Christiane Hellmanzik (Dean)

Christiane Hellmanzik has been working at TU Dortmund University since 2016. She is Professor of Urban, Regional and International Economics and co-opted at the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University. She received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and previously worked in Hamburg and Heidelberg. Her research includes applied microeconomics and international macroeconomics. Together with colleagues from the UR Ruhr, she conducts research on Regional Disparities & Economic Policy (RTG2482) and is a member of the Competence Field "Empirical Economic Research".

Prof. Dr. Ludger Linnemann (Dean of Studies)

Ludger Linnemann has joined TU Dortmund University as Professor of Applied Economics in 2008. His research areas are business cycle theory, applied macroeconometrics and international economics. He is a co-speaker of the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics and a member of the Competence Field Empirical Economic Research.

Prof. Peter N. Posch (Vice Dean)

Peter N. Posch has been working at TU Dortmund University since 2014 and is Professor of Finance. He studied economics, philosophy and law at the University of Bonn and holds a PhD from the Department of Mathematics and Economics at Ulm University. During his time in the financial industry, he was responsible for proprietary trading and active risk management in the banking group. In addition to classical risk management topics, his research focuses on machine learning methods, sustainable and new financing models, and startup financing. He leads a project in the Collaborative Research Center CRC 823 and co-spokesperson of the Competence Field "Empirical Economic Research".