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Research group “Socio-Technical Energy Futures” (Zukünfte)

The transformation of the energy system toward climate compatibility and sustainability is embedded in a dynamic system of available technologies and economic exchange relations. Individual and societal needs and desires will also be important drivers shaping the future energy system. A deepened knowledge of the resulting interactions is required to find concepts that enable sustainable transformation.

In exploring such concepts, the work of the research group currently focuses on a) participation in and governance of transformation processes and b) sustainability of local energy systems in the context of innovative water infrastructures.

The research on participation and governance seeks ways and means to involve societies in the transformation of energy systems. This includes the identification of drivers and obstacles that characterize the transformation of the energy system.

The sustainability performance of local energy systems can be improved through innovative transformation of water infrastructures. The research aims to identify local and regional conditions that enable sustainable interdependence between the energy and water systems.

The research group also intends to contribute to the methodological and conceptual development of research into the drivers and barriers of energy system transformation.

Head of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Witold-Roger Poganietz
Dr. +49 721 608-28180 poganietzWaw6∂kit edu

Members of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
+49 721 608-26541 damare arayaAfj4∂kit edu
Davi Ezequiel François
+49 721 608-24675 davi francoisQmw9∂kit edu
Maryegli Fuss
M.Sc. +49 721 608-26241 maryegli fussJjt4∂kit edu
+49 721 608-23007 lisa nabitzFlz3∂kit edu
Laura-Patricia Oviedo-Toral
M.E. +49 721 608-22707 patricia oviedoVex5∂kit edu
Dr. +49 721 608-24658 ulf richersCiq5∂kit edu
Dirk Scheer
Dr. +49 721 608-22994 dirk scheerYyq8∂kit edu
Dipl.-Geoökol. +49 721 608-26018 franka steinerSok8∂kit edu
Dinar Suryandari
M.Sc. +49 721 608-26874 dinar suryandariIal3∂kit edu
Dr.-Ing. +49 721 608-26721 annika weissPlp1∂kit edu
Lei Xu
M.Sc. +49 721 608-26095 lei xuTea8∂kit edu

Current projects
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