Volker Stelzer

Dr. Volker Stelzer

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

Fields of work

  • Systemic sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable power supply

Memberships and participation in boards

  • Member of the review board of Scientists for Future and co-leader of the Karlsruhe regional group
  • Co-head of the working group Climate Crisis and Societal Transformation in the Verband für Geographie an deutschsprachigen Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen (VGDH)
  • Member of the research network Renewable Energies of the MWK: working group Accompanying Research

Current projects

  • Strengthening and consolidation of innovation communities to implement the recommendations of the Climate Citizens’ Council of the Freiburg region
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  • Helmholtz platform for the design of robust energy systems and their supply chains (RESUR)
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  • Feasibility study “Municipal climate protection”
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  • TrafoKommunE – Transformationsprozess für die kommunale Energiewende - sektorengekoppelte Infrastrukturen und Strategien zur Einbindung von lokalen Akteure
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  • Energy transformation in dialog – from real-world lab to Karlsruhe’s transformation center
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  • Urban Transition Lab 131
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  • District Future – Urban Lab
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Completed projects

On the internet

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Professional background

1980 - 1982Study of teaching profession for secondary level II with the subjects geography and biology, Düsseldorf and Cologne
1982 - 1988Study of geography with the aim of Diplom, subsidiary subjects botany, geology, soil science and cultural technology, Cologne and Bonn, degree: Diplom
1989 - 1991Administrator at the Environmental Office Sankt Augustin (environmental report, answering questions from politics and administration)
1991 - 1993Project manager for approval procedures and environmental impact assessments at FRASER Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement
1996Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Bonn with a dissertation on the problem of environmental assessments. Examination subjects geography and soil science
1997 - 2000Expert for Municipal Natural Resource Management at ICLEI-Europe (introduction of ökoBudget at the City of Bielefeld)
since 2001Scientific staff member at ITAS

Recent publications

Journal Articles
Bögel, P. M.; Trenks, H.; Upham, P.; Sauter, H.; Albiez, M.; Stelzer, V.; Laborgne, P.
Diversifying power in action: A socio-psychological approach to inclusive energy transition experiments
2023. Energy Research and Social Science, 100, Art.-Nr.: 103070. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2023.103070
Book Chapters
Albiez, M.; Stelzer, V.
Werde Solar-Coach
2022. Praxisbeispiele und Reflexionsimpulse zur Weiterentwicklung des Bildungsangebotes an Hochschulen. Hrsg.: Georg Winterseel, Lukas Vaupe, 102–105, netzwerk n 
Journal Articles
Albiez, M.; Stelzer, V.; Parodi, O.; Bögel, P. M.; Trenks, H.
Energiewende nah an Mensch und Alltag
2022. Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, (6), 31–33 

Publications at ITAS