Uwe Cantner is a German economist. Since 2000 he is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Jena, and heads the Chair of Economics/Microeconomics. Economics of Innovation, Evolutionary Economics, Industrial Economics, and Productivity and Efficiency Measurement are his major fields of research. Since 2011 he is also Professor of Economics (part-time) at the University of Southern Denmark.
Since 15 October 2014 he became the new Vice-President for young researchers and diversity management at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and director of the Jena Graduate Academy. In November 2015 he became member of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) reporting to the German Federal Government.
Cantner earned a Master of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University in 1984 and a Diplom from the University of Augsburg in 1985. After that he went for his Phd which he received in 1990 from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich with the thesis "Product and Process Innovation in International Trade". In 1996 he successfully habilitated at the University of Augsburg on the topic "Heterogeneity and Spillovers - Basic Elements of a Theory of Technological Change".
He is the director of The Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change", and the spokesman of DFG Graduate College The Economics of Innovative Change, offered jointly by Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Max Planck Institute of Economics Jena in Germany. He was president of International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society from 2012 to 2014 and organized the Societys World Congress 2014 in Jena.
Since 2002 he is editor of Journal of Evolutionary Economics.