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for applied research in infrastructure economics of the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP)

sponsored by Frontier Economics

About the Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize


Infrastructure is the basis of economic development. Both Germany and Europe are currently facing challenges: deficits abound in various infrastructure sectors, for example transport, water, sewerage, energy, universities, schools, and innovative forms of public and private financing are struggling to emerge. The regulatory framework for European infrastructure markets is developing slowly.


The Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize for applied research in infrastructure economics is awarded to innovative research relating to regulation, deregulation and the financing of material, personnel, and institutional infrastructure. Its focus is on economics, although interdisciplinary work will also be considered (e.g. with relation to business, engineering, law, or political sciences).


The Hans-Jürgen-Ewers-Prize is endowed annually with 3,000 €. The Jury can decide to split the prize.

Awarding Institutions

With 28,000 students from over 100 countries, Berlin University of Technology (TUB) is one of Germany's largest technical universities. TU Berlin covers a broad range of natural, engineering, and social sciences.

The Society of Friends of Berlin University of Technology is a forum for alumni, academic staff, and representatives from industry and politics with a special affiliation with TU Berlin. The Society of Friends supports outstanding research and teaching activities. It also seeks to intensify the links between the University and its industrial and economic partners in the field.

The Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) is one of the economic teaching and research units in the School of Economics and Management of TUB. WIP is engaged in teaching, research, and consulting on infrastructure policy, network economics, public and environmental economics. WIP is currently directed by Professor Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen and Professor Dr. Thorsten Beckers.

Target Group, Selection and Presentation

Target Group and Selection

The Jury will consider research work of scholars at the graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral level. We accept master/diploma theses, individual papers, dissertations and post-doctoral work up to five years after their completion. Submitted work can be theoretical, empirical, or case-study oriented. It must be innovative and have a particular relevance for current infrastructure policy issues.


The Jury is comprised of academics as well as representatives from industry and politics. The prize is awarded at the annual "Conference on Applied Infrastructure Research", an international conference at Berlin University of Technology. The prize winner is expected to present his research at the conference.


Submissions (in English or German) should be sent electronically (pdf-files) and include:

  • The research work (monograph, individual paper, or collection of papers)
  • A one page summary of the issue, approach, and main results
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation by the supervisor or another reference (optional)

In addition, printed output (e.g. a book) can be sent by traditional mail. Please submit your application to


Berlin University of Technology
Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP)
Secretariat H 33
attn. Martin Winter
Straße des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin

Research associates and research assistants of the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy are not eligible for the prize.


For inquiries, please contact:

Martin Winter,

Tel.: +49-30-314-25680

About Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen-Ewers

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Ewers was Professor of Economics in Berlin und Münster, Research Director at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), and Director of the Institute for Transport Economics at the University of Münster. In 1995, he set up the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at Berlin University of Technology. Professor Ewers was President of TUB from 1997-2002.

Professor Ewers' career included research, policy, consulting, and managment. His ideas, based on a strong ordo-liberal belief, were original and controversial, but always visionary and policy-oriented.

Please click here for more information about Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Ewers (in German)

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