Giovanni Frifo

Dr. Giovanni Frigo

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

Current positions

Fields of work

  • Energy Ethics
  • Philosophy of Energy
  • Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • Energy Humanities
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)

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Professional background

since 2019 Postdoctoral researcher in the PhilETAS research group at ITAS (member of scientific staff at ITAS)
2018 Visiting assistant professor, Department of philosophy, Northern Michigan University (NMU), Marquette, MI, USA
2013 - 2018 Ph.D. Environmental Ethics, Department of philosophy & religion, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX, USA
2017 Graduate certificate in Energy, Department of mechanical & energy engineering, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX, USA
2014 - 2018 Teaching fellow, Department of philosophy & religion, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX, USA
2013 - 2014 Teaching assistant, Department of Philosophy & religion, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX, USA
2008 - 2011 M.A. Philosophical Sciences, University of Verona, Italy and Erasmus Program at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France
2005 - 2008 B.A. Philosophy, University of Verona, Italy

Selected publications

2021 (forthcoming). Frigo, G.; Hillerbrand, R.
Energy and the Good Life: The Right to Energy Access and the Capabilities Approach. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

2021 (forthcoming). Frigo, G.; Hillerbrand, R.; Marthaler, F.; Albers, A.; Ott, S.
Training Responsible Engineers. The Role of Virtues in Teaching Engineering Ethics. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education

2020 (forthcoming). Cao, U.; Frigo, G.
The Right to Electricity Access from an Indigenous Perspective: The Case of Luz y Fuerza del Pueblo, Chiapas, Mexico. Energy Research & Social Science

2018. Frigo, G.
Energy Ethics: A Literature Review. Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, 6 (2): 177-214.

2017. Frigo, G.
Energy Ethics, Homogenization, and Hegemony: A Reflection on the Traditional Energy Paradigm. Energy Research & Social Science, 30: 7-17


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 
Book Chapters
Frigo, G.; Hillerbrand, R.
Energy Ethics, Justice and SDG7
2021. Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ed.: W.L: Filho, 1–11, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71057-0_135-1
Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Frigo, G.
Beyond the Capitalocene: An Ecocentric Perspective for the Energy Transition
2020. Ethics and Politics of Space for the Anthropocene. Ed.: A. Valtonen, 150–174, Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781839108709.00015
Frigo, G.; Hillerbrand, R.
The Right to Energy Access and the Capabilities Approach
2020. International Engager Workshop "Co-Creating the ’Right to Energy’ in Theory and Practice", Universität Groningen, Niederlande, 08.-09.01.2020 (2020), Groningen / Girona, January 8–9, 2020 
Journal Articles
Frigo, G.
Post-fossil Nomoi of Energy
2019. Nordia geographical publications, 48 (6), 63–74