Ulrich joined UNEP DTU in 2009 as a PhD researcher. Over the years, his research interests have focused on international technology transfer, global value chains, innovation and diffusion of low carbon energy technologies in emerging and developing countries. Ulrich has explored these research interests from within global value chain and innovation system studies perspectives, particularly within research on globalisation of R&D, industrial upgrading in global value chains and technological capability building at firm and industry level.
He holds a master degree in Economic Geography from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and a Ph.D. degree in Innovation Studies from the Technical University of Denmark. His doctoral thesis focused on transfer of technologies, learning and innovation in the biomass power plant equipment industry in Malaysia.
Ulrich has also undertaken research on the diffusion of solar PV and wind turbine technologies in East Africa and the development of biomass power plants in China. Prior to joining UNEP DTU, Ulrich worked in the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy.