Kerstin Cuhls studied Japanology, Chinese Studies and Economics/Business Administration at the University of Hamburg and one year in Japan (Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku in Hirakata-shi near Osaka). In 1990, she spent four months at the National Institute for Metrology in Beijing, China. Since 1992, she is at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). 1993, she was four months at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in Tôkyô, Japan. 1997 Dr. phil., University of Hamburg (Japanology).
Kerstin Cuhls is the scientific project coordinator for different German-Japanese foresight projects, especially the German national foresight study Delphi '98, and monitoring Futur – The German Research Dialogue. Several seminars on foresight and Delphi method (UNIDO, ESTO/ EU, diverse others) were hold. In 2000, a lectureship "Innovation policy and management in Japan", University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. Current projects are: several regional, national and international Foresight Projects, and a comparison of Japanese and European innovation policy. Kerstin Cuhls coordinates the foresight/ future studies projects in Fraunhofer ISI.
Special research areas:
- Technology Foresight and international foresight concepts and methods
- Delphi Methodology and combinations
- Innovation Strategies
- Management of Research and Development
- Comparison of Japanese and German Technology Policy
- Japan and Asia in general