Dr. Caroline Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Public Administration section within the Faculty of Behavioral, Management & Social Sciences. Her work often employs a micro-level perspective on public administration with an emphasis on the motivation, values, attitudes, and behavior of public servants as well as citizens. She is particularly interested in topics related to error, risk, crisis and learning, human resource management in the public sector as well technological development in government.

Caroline is also engaged in interdisciplinary research, especially in the THT community, working on digital transformation in the healthcare sector. She is also the consortium leader of the Interreg-project BRIDGE, which studies cross-border resource pooling in the healthcare sector.

Since 2023, Caroline is a member of the Young Academy at the University of Twente.

Before joining BMS, she was a researcher at the Chair for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Caroline obtained her summa cum laude Ph.D. with a dissertation on public sector knowledge management.

Caroline was a fellow of the program “Freies Wissen” (Free Knowledge) of Wikimedia Germany, the German Stifterverband and Volkswagen Foundation. For her work, she obtained third-party funding, among others, from Erasmus+, Interreg, the European Academy of Management, the German Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, and the German Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung.

Caroline is a scholar engaged in Open Science. She regularly shares her code and data.


  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance

    • Public Sector
    • Workforce
    • Knowledge
  • Social Sciences

    • Public Utilities
    • Technological Change
    • Employees
    • Organizations
  • Computer Science

    • Knowledge-Sharing


  • Resilience, crises, error, and risk management
  • Digitalization and new technologies in public organizations
  • Human resource management in the public sector
  • Collaboration and cooperation in public service delivery
  • Transformations in the Healthcare Sector
  • Experimental public administration research


Producing Open Data, Article e86384. Fischer, C., Hirsbrunner, S. D. & Teckentrup, V.https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.8.e86384

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