Ongoing Lead Project

The lead project’s aim is to better understand the political construction and the governance of critical infrastructures in conjunction with their spatial dimension. Infrastructures are increasingly considered regarding their vulnerability to disruption and the security risks resulting from it. Political resources are mobilized to appropriately secure ‘critical infrastructures’ such as communications and energy networks. But which infrastructures are considered critical and why? Which governance approaches are used to manage infrastructure-related risks? Urban climate change adaptation and energy transitions are two fields in which the aspect of infrastructural criticality receives increasing attention. Therefore, they will be in the centre of analysis in this lead project. more

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

This project aims at analysing the climate change policy of the City of Turku and compare it with the experience of three comparable cities, Malmö, Rostock, and Groningen. The City of Turku aims at becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2029. The strategy encompasses an implementation programme and specific measures. Since similar strategies have been decided upon and implemented in many European cities, there is much to learn from other forerunner cities. more

The project “region 4.0” is an alliance of the programme “Wandel durch Innovation in der Region (WIR!)” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project alliance comprises relevant actors from the scientific, economic and public sector from Berlin and Brandenburg. The main objective of the “WIR!” alliance is to implement an innovation strategy “region 4.0” which encompasses the development of innovative value networks in the action fields tourism, agriculture/food and public services/infrastructure within the region of Brandenburg (districts Barnim and Uckermark) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (former district Uecker-Randow). more

ExTrass seeks to better prepare medium-sized and large cities in Germany for heavy rainfall and heat. To this end, restraining and enabling factors of urban climate adaptation are analysed and successfull measures are identified. A large part of the project work is undertaken in three case study cities: Potsdam, Remscheid and Würzburg. Here, among other things, the project team tests greening measures, works towards climate-sensitive urban planning, contributes data on city climate, educates the population on risks and improves contingency plans. In addition, opportunities for exchange are created so that cities can better learn from each other. more

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

The purpose of the ReNEW project within the Leibniz Research Alliance "Energy Transitions" (LVE) is to systematize, advance and disseminate knowledge on three core challenges that are currently confronting the Energiewende: centralized versus decentralized systems, public versus private interests, and global versus local effects. more

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Das Dissertationsprojekt befasst sich mit der politischen Konstruktion von Kritischen Infrastrukturen. Mit Hilfe von Diskursanalyse sollen politische Entwicklungen nachgezeichnet und Entscheidungen, die bereits getroffen wurden, Diskursen zugeordnet werden. Daran anschließend soll die lokale bzw. städtische Ebene in den Blick genommen werden. Dabei werden Städte, die sich als Smart Cities verstehen, als empirische Einheiten herangezogen. Besonders spannend ist der Diskurs hier zwischen Digitalisierung und Vulnerabilität. Ein Mehrwert besteht darin, die Diskurse zu verknüpfen, um so die Kritikalitätsfrage auf städtischer Ebene in nuancierter Form stellen zu können. more

Die Ausgangshypothese des Habilitationsprojektes lautet, dass weitreichende Transformationsprozesse in skalarer Hinsicht eines Wandels von Lebensweisen sowohl auf der Mikroebene (der Subjekte und Praktiken) als auch auf der Makroebene (der gesellschaftlichen Strukturen) bedürfen. In den Fokus rücken damit Prozesse der Politisierung (insbesondere des Wachstumsprinzips) und von Konflikten (insbesondere um Exnovationen). Exnovation bezeichnet die intendierte Verdrängung (bzw. den Rückbau) von Praktiken, Produkten, Technologien und Infrastrukturen. more

This project is part of the so-called German habilitation qualification (post-doctoral thesis for senior researchers). It is about energy spaces, energy transitions and new geographies of energy. more