Anne Nygaard Tanner joined UNEP DTU Partnership in August 2019. Anne is an interdisciplinary scholar crosscutting the fields of economic geography and innovation studies. She works with various analytical frameworks, such as the innovation system approach, evolutionary economic geography, institutional theory and global value chains.
Anne has long experiences in the field of sustainability transition of sectors and regions. For example, Anne has uncovered barriers and drivers for a transition to a circular bio-economy by studying traditional industries’ (e.g. slaughterhouses, dairies) utilization of side streams and by-products. Her study shows that the interplay of regulations and market forces are key for driving the transition to a bio-economy.
Anne has also worked extensively on understanding ‘how regions diversify into new industries’. Her PhD from 2012 contributed theoretically and empirically to a better understanding of processes and mechanisms driving the development of new green technologies in regions across Europe. Her work showed strong path- and place-dependency in the development of new industries, also in the case of radical technological development. She is currently leading a work package in the Nordic project GONST on “Technologies for Green Growth”, where she is building on her former work.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Science from Roskilde University in Denmark and a Ph.D. degree in Economic Geography from the Technical University of Denmark.