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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow, University of Manchester & University of Cape Town, University of Cape Town

Annika Surmeier is an economic geographer, working on social innovation in value chains. She holds a teaching degree for secondary schools, a Diploma in geography, and a PhD in Geography. Her areas of expertise include value chain analysis, innovation studies, organisation theory, sustainable tourism research and qualitative research methods.

Annika began her career as a researcher at Marburg University, Germany, where she completed her PhD on sustainability standards in tourism. Following this, she worked as the manager of the social business incubator “Social Impact Lab” in Stuttgart, Germany. Annika currently holds a EU-funded Marie Curie Global Fellowship and works at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Annika’s research investigates how actors can drive social innovation in value chains and tackle societal concerns in the global economy.


  • –present
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow, University of Manchester


  • 2018 
    Philipps-University Marburg, PhD