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Brita Schemmann

I am a research assistant at the ILIN where I am mainly working on innovation-related research projects, such as ChampNet. I am also an external doctoral candidate at the Innovation Studies Group at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. My research mainly focuses on open innovation, namely the use of crowdsourcing to facilitate the innovation process during idea generation, development, discussion and evaluation. I am not only interested in the involvement of users, customers or employees during the ideation phase for new commercial products; I am also working on cases dealing with citizen participation in public service innovation and even policy-making. My professional background is fairly diverse: Having studied communications, politics and sociology at the University of Münster and the University of Leicester (UK), I worked for ten years in corporate communications and marketing at different institutions, such as the start-up of a private, international university, a port authority and a communications agency, before returning to higher education to become a lecturer and a research assistant and to work towards my PhD.