Christine Milchram

Dr. Christine Milchram

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

Current positions

Fields of work

  • Sustainability transition, focusing on energy and mobility systems
  • Energy justice
  • Transport justice
  • Energy ethics
  • Capability approach
  • Mixed-methods research

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Professional background

since 2020 Member of scientific staff at ITAS
2016 - 2020 Member of scientific staff and PhD researcher, Faculty Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dissertation: “Just Energy? Designing for Ethical Acceptability in Smart Grids
2013 - 2016 Strategy consultant at Accenture Strategy & Sustainability
2008 - 2012 M.Sc., International Business, University of Vienna, Austria
2005 - 2008 B.A., International Business Relations, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria

Selected publications

2020. Designing for justice in electricity systems: A comparison of smart grid experiments in the Netherlands.
Milchram, C., Künneke, R., Doorn, N., Kaa, G. Van De, & Hillerbrand, R.
Energy Policy, 147(October), 111720.

2020. Synthesizing value sensitive design, responsible research and innovation, and energy justice: A conceptual review.
Jenkins, K. E. H., Spruit, S., Milchram, C., Höffken, J., & Taebi, B. Energy Research & Social Science, 69, 101727.

2019. The Capability Approach as a normative framework for technology assessment.
Hillerbrand, R., Milchram, C., & Schippl, J.. TATuP, 28(1), 52–57.

2019. Understanding the role of values in institutional change: the case of the energy transition.
Milchram, C., Märker, C., Schlör, H., Künneke, R., & van de Kaa, G.. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 9(46), 1–14.

2018. Energy Justice and Smart Grid Systems: Evidence from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Milchram, C., Hillerbrand, R., van de Kaa, G., Doorn, N., & Künneke, R. Applied Energy, 229(September 2017), 1244–1259.


Book Chapters
Milchram, C.; Skalamera, M.
Exploring the geopolitical impacts of energy justice: an interdisciplinary research agenda
2023. Handbook on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transition, 232–246, Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781800370432.00019
Gladkykh, G.; Massini Pelegrini, G.; Oliveira Boumann, R. T.; Sciullo, A.; Poganietz, W.-R.; Borragán Pedraz, G.; Ortiz Sanchez, M.; Guevara, Z.; Milchram, C.; Sari, R.; Paier, M.; Vela Almeida, D. R.
White Paper: A Just Energy Transition in the EU
2023. EERA Brüssel 
Journal Articles
Frigo, G.; Milchram, C.; Hillerbrand, R.
Designing for Care
2023. Science and Engineering Ethics, 29 (3), 16. doi:10.1007/s11948-023-00434-4Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Baumann, M.; Weil, M.; Milchram, C.; Poganietz, W.-R.; Rösch, C.; Haase, M.; Stelzer, V.; Parodi, O.; Hillerbrand, R.; Grunwald, A.
Technology assessment to support a sustainable energy transition – an attempt of squaring the circle?
2023. Helmholtz Energy Conference (2023), Koblenz, Germany, June 12–13, 2023 
Frigo, G.; Düvel, E.; García-Portela, L.; Hillerbrand, R.; Milchram, C.; Poznic, M.; Schmidt, M. W.; Widyatmanto, J. N.
Current Issues in the Emerging Field of Normative Energy Ethics
2023. Helmholtz Energy Conference (2023), Koblenz, Germany, June 12–13, 2023 
Milchram, C.; Dijkstra-Silva, S.; McCauley, D.
A review and critical analysis of proposals to monitor the European “just transition”
2023. Earth Systems Governance Conference (2023), Nijmegen, Netherlands, October 24–27, 2023 
Sörgel, F.; Scherz, C.; Hahn, J.; Weinberger, N.; Milchram, C.; Maia, M., Albiez, Marius
Partizipation und Forschungsorganisationen: Impact Messung und Integration von Ergebnissen
2023, November 24. 2nd PartWiss23: Tagung zur Vernetzung und Stärkung von Partzipaton in der Wissenschat (PartWiss 2023), Chemnitz, Germany, November 22–24, 2023 
Frigo, G.; Milchram, C.; Poznic, M.; Schmidt, M.; Hillerbrand, R.
An Ethical Assessment of Digital Mobility Transitions: Perspectives from Care Ethics
2022. 5th European Technology Assessment Conference (ETAC5 2022), Karlsruhe, Germany, July 25–27, 2022 
Schmidt, M. W.; Milchram, C.
Wide Reflective Equilibrium meets social science: an approach to exploring stakeholder’s conceptions of justice in smart energy systems
2022. Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Research Conference (PIRC 2022), Leuven, Belgium, December 15–16, 2022 
Frigo, G.; Milchram, C.
Interspecies Energy Justice: Bringing the Nonhuman World into the Energy Transition Debate
2021. 4S Annual Meeting, Toronto, Kanada (2021), Online, October 6–9, 2021 
Milchram, C.; Hirschhorn, F.
Framing transport justice through the eyes of fare-free public transport activism
2021. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (2021), Online, August 31–September 2, 2021 
Journal Articles
Hillerbrand, R.; Milchram, C.; Schippl, J.
The capability approach as a normative framework for technology assessment
2019. TATuP: Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, 28 (1), 52–57. doi:10.14512/tatup.28.1.52Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document