Visiting professorships

In order to increase the international networking and visibility of ENERGY-TRANS, internationally renowned scientists will be awarded visiting professorships at the partner institutions. These visiting professorships will be established for a limited period, and the scientists will be involved in both research and teaching.


Jointly hosted visiting professor of the research field „Technical-Societal Development“

Dr. Vanessa Schweizer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Knowledge Integration and a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is also a Core Researcher with the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation as well as a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty, specifically scenario analysis.

With colleagues from the research field „Technical-Societal Development“ (KIT-ITAS, U Stuttgart-ZIRIUS, FZ Jülich-IEK-STE und DLR Stuttgart-ITT-STB), Dr. Schweizer advanced methodologies for socio-technical scenarios of energy futures across Germany in the face of international climate policy. While visiting ZIRIUS and ITAS, she conducted workshops on state-space modelling methods for socio-technical scenarios (cross-impact balances) and co-authored publications regarding socio-technical scenarios as complex systems. One focus is on fields of application of Multi level Cross-Balance Impact (CIB) approaches to smoothen some limits of conventional CIB approaches.

Previously, she was a Contributing Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has held appointments with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US and the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change at the US National Research Council. Her PhD is in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


Freie Universität Berlin, Environmental Policy Research Center

Catherine Mitchell is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter. Previously she worked at the Universities of Warwick, Sussex and California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Sussex University in Technology and Innovation Policy.

Catherine holds an Established Career Fellowship with the British EPSRC research council (2012-2016) on the relationship between innovation and governance, and it is this work that will be the basis of the research collaboration with Energy Trans.

Catherine was a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, a Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation (published in 2011); and a Lead Analyst on the Global Energy Assessment undertaken through the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in 2012.

She is the Chairperson of the Regulatory Assistance Project, on the Board of the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, and is a Member of IPPRs Policy Advisory Committee. Catherine has served on several panels advising the GB government, such as the Energy Advisory Panel (1998-2003), and on other Advisory Panels such as the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel (2008-2010), the Academic Advisory Panel to DECC for Electricity Market Reform (2010), and DECC’s Distributed Generation Advisory Panel (2012). She chaired the British Institute of Energy Economics in 2009-10, and has advised numerous national and international companies, NGOs and institutions on various aspects of the transition to a sustainable energy system.

Dr. Guri Bang was a visiting research fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Center (Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik -FFU) at the Free University Berlin from April 2014 to October 2014. She collaborated with scholars at FFU in research projects and publications directed at analyzing the German 'Energiewende' from the Nordic perspective, with particular focus on conflicts and potentials of cross-border co-operation between Norway and Germany. Bang also participated in teaching activities at FFU, and gave classes on comparative methods and EU climate policies during her visit. She contributed to FFU’s research conference "Multi level governance of the energy transition in Germany" in November 2014.
Guri Bang is Research Director at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Policy, Oslo (CICERO). Her research interests are focused on European and U.S. energy and climate policy, the political drivers and barriers to transition towards low-carbon societies, the international climate negotiations, and comparative energy politics. She has for many years contributed to the literature on comparative studies on energy- and climate policy transitions, and is currently involved in the Norwegian Center for Strategic Challenges in International Climate Policy (CICEP), where she is leading the research on driving forces and long term policy trajectories for domestic policy development in seven key actors in the international climate negotiations: the United States, the European Union, China, India, Brazil, Japan, and Russia. She is also heading a Norwegian Research Council funded project analyzing low carbon energy policy developments in India. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oslo.
Her recent work includes ‘Look to Sweden: The Making of a New Renewable Energy Support Scheme in Norway’ in  Scandinavian Political Studies, ‘‘Explaining Growing Climate Policy Differences between the European Union and the United States’ in Global Environmental Politics,  ‘Why the United States Did Not Become a Party to the Kyoto Protocol: German, Norwegian, and U.S. Perspectives’ in European Journal of International Relations, ‘Signed, but not ratified: Limits to U.S. participation in international environmental agreements’ in Review of Policy Research, and ‘Energy security and climate change concerns: Triggers for energy policy change in the United States?’ in Energy Policy.


University of Stuttgart, Department for Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies

Frank Geels is Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, at the University of Manchester. Geels is chairman of the international Sustainability Transitions Research Network, and one of the world-leading scholars on socio-technical transitions and radical innovation. Geels has published six books on socio-technical transitions and more than forty peer-reviewed articles. He is particularly well-known for this conceptual and empirical work on the Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) and Strategic Niche Management (SNM). He has twice won a Research Publication Award from IAMOT (International Association for the Management of Technology), and has been selected by Thomson Reuters into their list of 'Highly Cited Researchers'.

Between October 2013 and September 2014 Professor Geels was affiliated with the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS. He was hosted by the Department for Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart. At the university hosted a series of seminars for Helmholtz researchers, students and interested faculty. With his Stuttgart colleagues he planed an international workshop and worked is under way on a comparison of the British and German energy transition experiences.

University of Stuttgart, Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS)

Since November 2012, Ilan Chabay has been working in the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS as Professor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Research of the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) in collaboration with Professor Ortwin Renn. ZIRIUS is developing methods and insights to support the social innovation needed for the success of the energy transition in Germany.

The tasks of Prof. Chabay within the Helmholtz Alliance focus on the transformation of complex scientific results in policy-relevant and publicly accessible publications and educational events. Prof. Chabay has contributed to the first policy brief on participation, designed a public exhibition on the „Energiewende“ in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, developed a computer game on smart grid and supports all members of the Alliance to disseminate their research results in appropriate formats to different audiences.
Ilan Chabay’s primary base of research is the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, where he has been Senior Fellow since February 2012. His current work at IASS includes transdisciplinary research projects on the drivers and impacts of environmental, social, and economic changes in the Arctic region and on the interplay between soil as a resource, urban/rural material and energy flows, and sustainable development.
He chairs an international 10-year (2012-2022) IHDP research alliance on Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change (KLSC). As one of the projects in KLSC, he is developing projects to understand and catalyze collective behavioral change by considering modeling and narratives as analytical and affective components of decision making on complex system issues. He also is a core member of a large international consortium developing and implementing Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Governance of Food Systems.
In 2012 Ilan Chabay was awarded honorary membership in the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was the Erna & Victor Hasselblad Chair in Public Learning and Understanding of Science for Sustainability at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden from 2006-2011 in the departments of sociology, chemistry, and applied IT.
Previously, he was research scientist at the US National Institutes of Standards and Technology conducting research in laser spectroscopy, associate director of the Exploratorium science center in San Francisco, and consulting professor of chemistry at Stanford University. He founded and for 18 years ran The New Curiosity Shop®, a company in Silicon Valley that designed and built science learning experiences for more than 230 museums worldwide, including Disney’s EPCOT Center, the Science Museum in London, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and Mirador in Santiago Chile.
Ilan Chabay received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1972 and a BA in Chemistry in 1966, with additional concentrations in History and Mathematics from Clark University.


Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Jos Sijm was visiting the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ as a guest professor from October 2012 to September 2013. He holds a PhD in development economics from the Tinbergen Institute (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands). He has been an academic researcher, first at the Department of Environmental Science of the University of Amsterdam and, subsequently at the Department of Economic Policy of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since late 1999, he is a senior energy and environmental economist at the unit Policy Studies of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) with more than 13 years of experience in analysing EU climate policies and energy markets. Jos Sijm collaborated with UFZ on the analysis of EU climate and energy policy, including issues of interactions between the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and other climate and energy policies as well as the EU harmonisation of renewable energy policies.

Patrik Söderholm is a professor of Economics at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. His research is focused on environmental, energy and resource economics, including  work on technology learning, energy markets and climate and energy policy instruments. During recent years he has devoted particular attention to the economics and policy of innovation in the renewable energy sector.

He has done several commissoned studies for, for instance, the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Comnunications. His research publications include articles in Energy Economics, Environmental & Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Climate Policy, Energy Policy, International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Forest Economics, Energy Efficiency, International Journal of Production Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, World Development, among others. He is one of the Editors-in-Chiefs of the international journal Mineral Economics (Springer).

Yannick Perez is a guest professor at UFZ from September 2015 through August 2016. Together with UFZ economists Yannick Perez will analyze how the political and institutional framework for the German and European electricity sector can be designed cost-effectively. Particularly attention is paid to the role of transaction costs and institutional flexibility over time. Research will focus on the regulation of renewable energy technologies, electricity markets and electricity networks.

Yannick Perez was born in 1971 and took his Master's degree and PhD in economics at University La Sorbonne in France. He became assistant professor at University de Cergy (2000-2003) and tenured associate professor of Economics at University Paris-Sud (since 2003).  Since October 2008, he is chief economic advisor of the Loyola de Palacio Chair on European Energy Policy at the European University Institute in Florence. Since September 2011, he is also associated Professor of Economics in CentraleSupélec, France. In February 2012, he joined the Armand Peugeot research chair on Electromobility as Senior Research Fellow.

His  research interest is on market design. He examines the reasons why market institutions fail and considers the properties of alternative mechanisms, in terms of efficiency, fairness, incentives, and complexity. His research on market design is influenced by ideas from industrial organization and microeconomic theory, which bring together theoretical, empirical, and experimental methods, with an aim of studying policy-relevant tradeoffs with practical consequences.

Since the last 15 years Yannick Perez has published more than 50 articles and book chapter in energy related topics including contributions in Energy Policy, Ecological Economics and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews among others.


Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Paul C. Stern is visiting professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Department of Psychology, since 2012. He facilitated processes to further develop projects within the Helmholtz Alliance Research Field User Behaviour and Demand Management and the tailoring of doctoral projects. From November 20th till 23rd, 2012, he was involved in an international three day workshop and interdisciplinary research seminar at the Otto-von-Guericke University. He was also involved in the supervision of doctoral projects and the preparation of papers. In November 2015, Paul C. Stern participated at an international workshop on photovoltaic-system usage in households and the diffusion of electric cars in households at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

Paul C. Stern is a principal staff officer at the National Research National Academies of Sciences, Engeneering, and Medicine (USA) and director of its Standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. His research interests include the determinants of high-impact pro-environmental behaviors, particularly at the individual level; participatory processes for informing environmental decision making; processes for informing environmental decisions; and the governance of environmental resources and risks. He is a long-time contributor to behavioral science research on energy consumption and recently served on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on The Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change. Paul C. Stern holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Amherst College (Armherst, MA) and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Clark University (Worcester, MA).

Paul C. Stern is coauthor of the textbook Environmental Problems and Human Behavior (Pearson, first edition published in 1996) and coeditor of numerous National Research Council publications, including Energy Use: The Human Dimension (1984), Global Environmental Change: Understanding the Human Dimensions (1992), Understanding Risk (1996), Environmentally Significant Consumption: Research Directions (1997), The Drama of the Commons (2002), Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Priorities (2005) and Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making (2008). He coauthored the article The Struggle to Govern the Commons, which was published in Science in 2003 and won the 2005 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Christian A. Klöckner is visiting professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Department of Psychology, since 2013. He assists PhD students with the conception and implementation of their research projects. Furthermore, he is involved in the development of research projects and a consultant for content-related and, especially, methodological research questions.

Since 2010, Christian A. Klöckner is professor for social psychology and, since 2012, also professor for quantitative methods at the NTNU Trondheim in Norway. He is lead researcher at the Institute of Psychology at the NTNU since 2011 and is working in the research group consumption, environment and traffic. His research fields are modeling of pro-environmental behavior, theory-based interventions in environmental domains, sustainable consumer behavior, group-based interventions and the psychology of climate change. One of his ongoing projects in this research field addresses the implementation of sustainable traffic mode choice. Christian A. Klöckner holds a diploma and a Ph.D. in psychology from Ruhr-University Bochum.

Christian A. Klöckner is author of the book The psychology of pro-environmental communication – going beyond standard information strategies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is author and co-author of numerous contributions in prominent journals and books, e.g., Travel Mode Choice of Women: The Result of Limitation, Ecological Norm, or Weak Habit? (Environment and Behavior, 2002), How habits interfere with norm-directed behaviour: A normative decision-making model for travel mode choice (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2004), Yesterday’s habits preventing change for tomorrow? About the influence of automaticity on environmental behaviour (book chapter in Environmental Psychology – An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and Car-fixation, Socialization, and Opportunities for Change (book chapter in the Handbook on Transport and Development, Edward Elgar, 2015). Futhermore, Christian A. Klöckner developed an action model for pro-environmental behavior (CADM - Comprehensive Action Determination Model) in the article A comprehensive action determination model: Toward a broader understanding of ecological behaviour using the example of travel mode choice (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2013). For his book chapter Towards a Psychology of Climate Change in The Economic, Social and Political Elements of Climate Change (Springer, 2011), he received the best paper award at the Climate2009/Klima2009 conference.


Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Professor Michael Waterson, PhD, was a visiting researcher of the Helmholtz-Allianz ENERGY-TRANS. He visited ZEW Research Group „Competition and Regulation“ in fall 2012 and in spring 2014. In 2013 and 2014 he worked together with ZEW-researchers and Luigi Grossi, Professor of Statistics at University of Verona,on the impact of the sudden and unanticipated shutdown of 6GW nuclear power on the electricity system in Germany and its European neighbors. A result of this joint work is the research paper  „A Vision of the European Energy  Future? – The Impact of the German Response to the Fukushima Earthquake“.
Michael Waterson is a Professor at the University of Warwick, UK. He was general editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, president of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) and specialist advisor in a Select Committee of the British House of Lords. Furthermore, he was an advisory board member of several scientific journals like the International Journal of Industrial Organization and an advisory board member of the Advisory Board to the UK Directorate General of Gas and Electricity Markets. He is a current member of the UK Competition Commission. His research focusses on industrial economics and the development of competition in electricity markets as well as the modelling of vertical relations and market entry in several industries. Michael Waterson has published six books and more than 60 articles in the most important economic journals like the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, Economic Journal and European Economic Review. His next stay at ZEW as visiting researcher is scheduled for spring 2014.

Professor Shunsuke Managi cooperated as visiting professor with the ZEW research department „Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management“ in 2014. Shunsuke Managi is Associate Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics at the Tohoku University, Japan. His research focuses on diverse areas of resource and environmental economics and policy, including examinations of: policy instrument choice; competitiveness effects of regulation; diffusion of energy and environmental technologies.
He is editor of the journal Environmental Economic and Policy Studies and on the editorial board for six journals including associate editor of Resource and Energy Economics, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is the author of "Technology, Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Improving the Environment for a Greener Future", published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. He is the author of 12 books and more than 100 academic journal papers. He has published in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Land Economics, or Environmental and Resource Economics. He has also written general-interest columns for newspaper such as The Guardian and his study is also featured in life sciences journal such as Science. IDEAS/RePEc ranks him among the top 40 young economists in the world and top in Asia, ranked 37 as of August 2012.
Professor Shunsuke Managi collaborated with researchers from the ZEW on research questions regarding industrial energy use. The outcomes of this work contributed to the project “Determinants of Industrial Decisions and Behaviour” in the research field “User Behaviour and Demand Management”.