Dr. Huiwen Gong is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Social Sciences Department at Eawag and an affiliated member of Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden.
She received her PhD in Economic Geography from Kiel University, Germany in 2019. Before moving to Eawag, she has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Geography in Kiel University. She was granted the PhD Student Award by Regional Studies Association in 2019, and won the Faculty Award of Kiel University, and the Peter Meusburger Doctoral Prize “Geography and Knowledge" in 2020.
She is a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship holder (2020) and her proposal was among the top 5% of all proposals submitted to the category “Social Sciences and Humanity” in that year.
Her main research interests are centered on emerging technologies and industries, geography of innovation, geography of sustainability transitions, and specifically the electrification of the mobility sector. She is also very much interested in theories and debates in economic geography. For her current Marie-Curie project (GEVACCON), by combining recent insights from economic geography, transition studies, management, institutional theories and industrial dynamics, she aims to explore the success conditions in gaining global leadership in emerging green technologies, and to draw policy lessons and firm strategies for both newcomers and incumbents.