Kathrin Böhmer studied geography at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Lumière University Lyon. During her studies, she focused on economic geography completed by economics and political sciences as minor subjects. After graduation, she worked for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Darmstadt.
In April 2008 Kathrin Böhmer joined ZEW, where she works as public relations officer in the Service Department "Information and Communication". Her main responsibilities are to conceptualize PR activities, write press releases for print and online, and edit ZEW-publications. She also holds a Master's degree (M.A.) in "Management, Marketing and Communications", which she completed while working.