Eva Eichenauer

Since October 2018 Eva Eichenauer is a research associate in the project “ReGerecht -  Integrative development of a just balance of interests between cities, urban surroundings and rural areas”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within the project Eva analyses infrastructure and land use conflicts, focusing on rural-urban relations and “energy justice”, “spatial justice” and “infrastructural justice”.  

Eva Eichenauer studied Sociology and Southeast Asian Studies in Berlin, Potsdam and Penang/Malaysia. Her thesis addressed the relationship of mass media and democracy in Malaysia from a systems theory point of view. She worked as a student assistant in various research projects ranging from dynamics of religion in Southeast Asia to sustainable lifestyles in India at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). From 2014-2018 she was a research associate at PIK where she worked on local infrastructural conflicts in the Energy Transitions and on sustainable lifestyles.

Further fields of interest include democratization processes and sustainable transitions in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as feminist and post-colonial theory.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Energy Policy
Energy Transition
Research on Infrastructure
Conflict Studies
Rural Areas and Rural Communities
Civic Participation
Disciplines
Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Narrative Interviews
Expert Interviews
Standardized Surveys
Multivariate Analysis
Univariate Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

The joint research project “ReGerecht” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims at developing and implementing solutions for a fair balance of interests between city, suburbs, and rural areas. It seeks to answer two core questions: How do regional land use conflicts arise? And: How can just solutions for these land use conflicts be found? more info

The ESRa project examines factors that characterize regions with a predominantly positive attitude towards energy system transformation from regions with a negative attitude. The project aims at explaining how these factors can be influenced with regard to the realization of a successful energy transition. The project relates this question to the phenomenon of increasing regional disparities and the drifting apart of regions concerning those that draw advantage from globalization processes and those that do not. The success of an energy system transformation will depend considerably on helping less favorably equipped regions to develop and use such resources and skills.<br/> more info

Selected Publications by Year

2020
Eichenauer, E., & Gailing, L. (2020). Kommunen sollen profitieren. Umweltbriefe, (12), 14.
Eichenauer, E., & Gailing, L. Gute Bedingungen für lokale Wertschöpfung aus Windkraftanlagen: Erfahrungen und Empfehlungen
Radtke, J., Drewing, E., Eichenauer, E., Holstenkamp, L., Kamlage, J-H., Mey, F., ... Wegener, J. (2020). Energy Transition and Civic Engagement. In O. Renn, F. Ulmer, & A. Deckert (Eds.), The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions (pp. 81-91). London: Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/C2018-0-02096-4
2018
Eichenauer, E. (2018). Energiekonflikte - Proteste gegen Windkraftanlagen als Spiegel demokratischer Defizite. In N. Kersting, & J. Radtke (Eds.), Energiewende. Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (pp. 315-341). Springer VS.
Eichenauer, E., Reusswig, F., Meyer-Ohlendorf, L., & Lass, W. (2018). Bürgerinitiativen gegen Windkraftanlagen und der Aufschwung rechtspopulistischer Bewegungen. In O. Kühne, & F. Weber (Eds.), Bausteine der Energiewende (pp. 635-651). Springer VS.
Eichenauer, E. Die Anfechtung der Energiewende. Unmut befördert rechtspopulistisch nutzbare Konflikte
Eichenauer, E. Die Energiewende und ihre Kritiker – zwischen Partizipation und Populismus
Eichenauer, E. (2018). Eine Frage der Glaubwürdigkeit: Interview. LandInForm , (4), 17.
2016
Reusswig, F., Braun, F., Heger, I., Ludewig, T., Eichenauer, E., & Lass, W. (2016). Against the Wind': Local Opposition to the German 'Energiewende. Utilities Policy, 2016(41), 241-227.
Eichenauer, E. (2016). Language, Mass Media and Democracy: The debate over ‘kalimah Allah’ in the Malaysian print and online media. Kajian Malayisa, 34(1), 1-33.

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Eichenauer, E., & Gailing, L. (2020). Kommunen sollen profitieren. Umweltbriefe, (12), 14.
Reusswig, F., Braun, F., Heger, I., Ludewig, T., Eichenauer, E., & Lass, W. (2016). Against the Wind': Local Opposition to the German 'Energiewende. Utilities Policy, 2016(41), 241-227.
Eichenauer, E. (2016). Language, Mass Media and Democracy: The debate over ‘kalimah Allah’ in the Malaysian print and online media. Kajian Malayisa, 34(1), 1-33.
Contribution to Anthology
Radtke, J., Drewing, E., Eichenauer, E., Holstenkamp, L., Kamlage, J-H., Mey, F., ... Wegener, J. (2020). Energy Transition and Civic Engagement. In O. Renn, F. Ulmer, & A. Deckert (Eds.), The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions (pp. 81-91). London: Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/C2018-0-02096-4
Eichenauer, E. (2018). Energiekonflikte - Proteste gegen Windkraftanlagen als Spiegel demokratischer Defizite. In N. Kersting, & J. Radtke (Eds.), Energiewende. Politikwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (pp. 315-341). Springer VS.
Eichenauer, E., Reusswig, F., Meyer-Ohlendorf, L., & Lass, W. (2018). Bürgerinitiativen gegen Windkraftanlagen und der Aufschwung rechtspopulistischer Bewegungen. In O. Kühne, & F. Weber (Eds.), Bausteine der Energiewende (pp. 635-651). Springer VS.
Contribution to Forum or Blog
Eichenauer, E. Die Anfechtung der Energiewende. Unmut befördert rechtspopulistisch nutzbare Konflikte
Eichenauer, E. Die Energiewende und ihre Kritiker – zwischen Partizipation und Populismus
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Eichenauer, E., & Gailing, L. Gute Bedingungen für lokale Wertschöpfung aus Windkraftanlagen: Erfahrungen und Empfehlungen
Other Contribution to Journal

Talks

2020
Spatial justice and energy justice - the case of wind power plants

Sustainable and Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships 2020

November/26/2020
digital / Leipzig , Germany

2019
Social acceptance of wind power and new attempts to distributive justice: The case of Germany

Socio-Ecological Relations of Energy Transition: Germany, India, Australia

November/12/2019
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India

A Just Transition? - Lokale Widerstände gegen die Energiewende und die Suche nach Gerechtigkeit

Great Transformation: Die Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften.

September/25/2019
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität , Jena, Germany

Headwind for local energy transitions – protests against wind power projects as showcases of democratic deficits

ECPR General Conference

September/06/2019
University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland

Transformation without conflict? On the importance of trust in local energy conflicts

The Governance of Big Transformations

March/22/2019
Technische Universität München, München, Germany

News
March/10/2021

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Energy Transition" combines the expertise of 20 Leibniz institutes in the field of energy research. Under the title "Energy Futures - Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World!", the final conference of the alliance took place from 22 to 26 February 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event originally planned for May 2020 had already been postponed once by one year. Now it was held as a purely online conference. It attracted a broad international audience of around 500 participants and was able to attract renowned keynote speakers such as Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex) and Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), who have a significant influence on the field of social science energy and climate research. more info

Eva Eichenauer in the Media

Finanzielle Beteiligung an WIndkraftanlagen - Kommunen dürfen nicht leer ausgehen!
(Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima, Standpunkt, 11/05/2020)
Auf einen Schnack mit der LEKA: Teil 3 – Eva Eichenauer vom Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung
(Onlineportal der Landesenergie- und Klimaschutzagentur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 11/04/2020)