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Speakers and session chairs

Keynote speakers

 

Prof. Elizabeth Shove

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster, where she currently co-directs DEMAND, an EPSRC/ESRC funded research centre on the Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand. Her research interests have to do with the relation between consumption, everyday practice and ordinary technology.

 

 

Dr. Maarten P. Wolsink

Maarten Wolsink is Associate Professor in Environmental Geography at the University of Amsterdam. His expertise lies in the social acceptance of energy innovations, (renewable) energy policy, and energy conflicts.

Session chairs


Dr. Weert Canzler is senior researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and speaker of the Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions. His research focuses on the social studies of sustainable mobility and renewable energy policies. He chaired the session on "Digitized energy transitions and social change". Email contact

Dr. Ludger Gailing is the acting head of the department „Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods“ and principal investigator of the lead projects of this department at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space in Erkner (IRS). His research revolves around the geographies of energy transition, analysis of socio-materiality (e.g. dispositives), governance and governmentalities relating to common goods and infrastructures, and the institutional change in regional development and planning. He chaired the session on "Theorizing social energy innovations".

Prof. Dr. Ute Harms directs the department of Biology Education at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel (IPN) and holds the chair for Biology Education at Kiel University. Her research focuses on teaching and learning about evolution and energy, the public understanding of science, and biology teachers' professional competence. She chaired the session on "Enabling citizens to engage in energy-related decision-making processes: The role of education, participation and ownership for successful energy transitions". Email contact

Dr. Martina Hülz heads the department of "Economics, Technology, and Infrastructure" at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning in Hanover (ARL). Her work focuses on energy transitions, knowledge economies, mobility and spatial development. She chaired the session on "Social innovations in energy transition through transdisciplinary research". Email contact

Prof. Dr. Gerold Janssen is senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER). His research focuses on public law, especially spatial planning law, environmental law, European law, local law, and the law of the seas. He chaired the session on "subsurface energy - challenges, constraints, acceptance". Email contact

Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern is senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) and holds the chair for "Urban Infrastructure and Governance of Global Change" at the University of Potsdam. Her current research interests are in the areas of local and regional climate and energy policy, sustainable development of cities and regions, transnational networks of cities, European regional seas and the EU macro-regional strategies. She chaired the session on "Governing urban innovations in energy and climate governance: closing the gap between leaders and laggards". Email contact

Dr. Timmo Krüger is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). His research interests concern the governance of societal relationships with nature, particularly with regard to conflicts in energy and climate policy. He convened the session on "Politicizing clean energy transitions: transformative politics and the popularization of social innovation". Email contact

Wiebke Lass is senior researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). She works on environmental economics and sustainability issues, (global) public finances, public goods, one world economics, degrowth and green growth, and the economics of innovation and transformation. She chaired the session on "Real life experiments as a governing tool for social innovations in the energy sector". Email contact

Hanno Michel is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel (IPN). His research interests include attitudes and willingness to act in the field of energy transitions, climate literacy, and education for sustainable development. He chaired the session on "Enabling citizens to engage in energy-related decision-making processes: The role of education, participation and ownership for successful energy transitions". Email contact

Prof. Dr. Inga Möck heads the department of Geothermics and Information Systems at the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG). Her research interests focus on dimensioning and characterizing fault zones as control for geothermal systems. She chaired the session on "Subsurface energy - challenges, constraints, acceptance". Email contact

Leslie Quitzow is a doctoral researcher at the WZB Social Science Center and scientific coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions. Her research interests include cities, (digitized) infrastructures, low-carbon transitions, and the socio-technical imaginaries that shape urban futures. She chaired the session on "Digitized energy transitions and social change". Email contact

Sara Reimann is doctoral researcher at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning in Hanover (ARL). Her work focuses on innovations for sustainable land management, and local land-use planning. She co-chaired the session "Social innovations in energy transition through transdisciplinary research". Email contact

Dr. Fritz Reusswig is senior researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). His research focuses on lifestyles and consumption as drivers of global and environmental change, on climate neutral city strategies, and on energy conflicts. He chaired the session on "Drivers and obstacles for social energy innovations". Email contact

Sebastian Rogga is a researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural landscape Research (ZALF). His expertise lies in the fields of inter- and transdisciplinarity research, sustainable land management and qualitative research methods. He chaired the session on "Social innovations in energy transition through transdisciplinary research". Email contact