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MSc Franziska Eckardt

PhD candidate
CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
Enschede, the Netherlands

Office: Ravelijn RA-5101
Direct tel. +31(0) 53 489 6303


26-04-1993, Tübingen (DE)



Working languages

German (native), English (very good), Dutch (very good)



University degrees

Master of Science

Business Administration, University of Twente, 2016


International Business Administration, University of Twente, 2015

Bachelor of Science

European Public Administration, University of Twente, 2015



Main work experience

09/2016 – present

PhD candidate, CHEPS, University of Twente, Netherlands

09/2015 – 09/2016

Research assistant, CHEPS, University of Twente, Netherlands

11/2015 – 05/2016

Research Internship, European and Regional Affairs Consultants (ERAC), 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

10/2014 – 02/2016

German tutor at KlasseStudent B.V., Enschede, Netherlands

11/2014 – 09/2015

Masterclass ontwikkelaar (developer), Twente Academy, Enschede, Netherlands

Areas of expertise


Citizen knowledge in urban decision-making and strategy development projects


The multi-dimensional role of science parks in peripheral economic regions


Innovation and economic development in peripheral economic regions


(Bachelor/Master) student supervision

Short biography

Franziska Eckardt graduated in 2016 from the University of Twente where she followed a one-year Master of Science programme in Business Administration at the School of Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences. During her Masters, Franziska received a six-month bridging grant on the basis of AiO salary from the Twente Graduate School Fund and successfully participated in the Masters Research Honours programme. Before that Franziska did a Bachelor of Science in European Public Administration at the University of Twente (2012-2015). During her Bachelors, she successfully took part in the Bachelor honours programme (Design track) and received a Pre-Master degree in International Business Administration.

Throughout her studies Franziska aimed to gather expertise with regard to (supra-)national, regional and local governance, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as in (peripheral) economic regional development. In her Bachelor thesis, she investigated the relationship between European citizens public support behaviour and their subjective perception of their individual economic situation among the six founding countries of the EU (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands). In her Master’s thesis she explored the multi-dimensional role of science parks in attracting and retaining international knowledge migrants towards particular (peripheral) economic regions.

Franziska joined CHEPS as a Research Assistant (August 2015), working on the Kennispark case study within the Leverhulme-Oxford Brookes Project Global Science Spaces (GSS). In September 2016 she started with her work as a PhD candidate within the Citizen Knowledge Matters project, financed by the Open Research Area, studying the functioning of citizens knowledge in urban decision-making and strategy development projects. This project matches Franziska’s research interest in the area of decision-making and strategy development of urban governance.

Personal website Linkedin:

Twitter: @EckardtFr

Major recent achievements and publications

Eckardt, F. (2015). Public support for the European Union: A reflection of one's individual economic situation? Bachelor's thesis, University of Twente.

Eckardt, F. (2016). Building a “magnetism” for international knowledge migrants through a science park: the case of Kennispark Twente. Master's thesis, University of Twente.