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Melanie Mbah

Dr. rer. nat. Melanie Mbah

Scientific staff until 2018
Research area Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Studies of Geography, Political Sciences and Public Law at the University of Heidelberg (2008) and PhD at the KIT (Institute of Geography and Geoecology) in 2014.

Professional background

2014 - 2018 Member of scientific staff at ITAS
2009 - 2014 Member of scientific staff at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology (KIT) as well as PhD student with the topic “'Brain drain' from Developing Countries? Migration motivations and processes of Highly-skilled Nigerians” (DFG-Projekt)
2008 - 2009 Member of scientific staff at the Department of Geography (University of Heidelberg); project coordination of “Knowledge & Space”
2007 - 2008 Project work at the city government of Heidelberg (Agenda-Bureau); project coordination and public relations activities; topics: one world and education for sustainable development

Fields of work

  • Participation
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Nuclear waste governance


Conference Papers
Mbah, M.
Decision-making in repository siting procedures - democratic and societal challenges for nuclear waste governance.
2018. Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies : Conference Proceedings of the 17th STS Conference, Graz, A, May 7-8, 2018. Ed.: G. Getzinger, 186–195, Technische Universität Graz 
Hocke, P.; Kuppler, S.; Mbah, M.
Politischer Lernprozess oder naives Hoffen auf positive Effekte zukünftiger Bürgerbeteiligung? Das neue deutsche Standortauswahlverfahren bei der Entsorgung hochradioaktiver Brennstoffe.
2018. 8. Internationale Konferenz des Netzwerks Technikfolgenabschätzung (NTA 2018), Karlsruhe, Germany, November 7–8, 2018 
Kuppler, S.; Mbah, M.
Governing energy landscapes. The need for a long-term, place-sensitive perspective.
2018. UFZ Energy Days (2018), Leipzig, Germany, September 24–25, 2018 
Mbah, M.
Decision-making in repository siting procedures - societal and democratic challenges for nuclear waste governance.
2018. 17th Annual STS Conference - Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies (2018), Graz, Austria, May 7–8, 2018 
Mbah, M.
2018. entriaPLUS-Workshop Transdisziplinarität, Karlsruhe, 20.-21.Februar 2018 
Hocke, P.; Mbah, M.
Endlagerung hochradioaktiver Abfälle - das Erbe des Atomenergiezeitalters.
2016. 10 Jahre AK Geographische Energieforschung – Einblicke im Spannungsfeld von institutionellen, sektoralen und räumlichen Dynamiken (2016), Karlsruhe, Germany, April 8–9, 2016 
Mbah, M.
Highly-skilled Nigerian migration as a spatial and temporal continuum.
2015. University of Sussex Working Paper No.80 (April 2015) 
Mbah, M.
Deep geological repositories for nuclear waste storage as socio-technological artefacts.
2015. Living in Technoscientific Worlds : International Conference Celebrating the Launch of STS Austria, Wien, A, December 3-5, 2015 
Mbah, M.
Participation - challenges for democratic decision-making.
2015. ITAS-Doktoranden-Begleitprogramm (2015), Karlsruhe, Germany, October 13, 2015 
Mbah, M.; Hocke, P.
Participation in nuclear waster governance. The ENTRIA project. (Disposal options for radioactive residues: interdisciplinary analyses and development of evaluation principles).
2015. Engaging Society in Responsible Research and Innovation: What s Next? : ENGAGE2020 Final Conference (2015), Brussels, Belgium, November 9–10, 2015 
Mbah, M.; Hocke, P.; Kuppler, S.
Partizipation - State of the Art aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Sicht.
2015. ENTRIA-Jahrestagung, Braunschweig, 4.-6.November 2015 
Mbah, M.
’Brain drain’ oder eher ’brain circulation’? Wissensflüsse und deren Implikationen.
2014. BMBF, Internationales Büro - Interne Fortbildung (2014), Bonn, Germany, December 4, 2014