Dr. Alena Bleicher


Dr. Alena Bleicher

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1745
Alena Bleicher

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Alena Bleicher

Research Areas

  • Dealing with nonknowledge in environmental management and technology development.
  • Framing and role of publics in technology development.
  • Governing technology development in the context of exploitation of primary and secondary repositories (economically strategic mineral resources).
  • Geothermal energy – technological development and experimental practices within a new field of energy use.

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Completed Projects

Scholarships and Awards

  • McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy des American Council on Germany, March 2010
  • Young Researcher Award of the IAPS - International Association People-Environment Studies, July 2010


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Alexandrescu, F.; Klusáček, P.; Bartke, S.; Osman, R.; Frantál, B.; Martinát, S.; Kunc, J.; Pizzol, L.; Zabeo, A.; Giubilato, E.; Critto, A. & Bleicher, A. (2017): Actor networks and the construction of applicable knowledge: the case of the Timbre Brownfield Prioritization Tool. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10098-016-1331-8.

David, M., Wallkamm, M., Bleicher, A. (2017): Den Rohstoff-Energie-Nexus gesellschaftlich verantwortlich gestalten - eine Herausforderung, GAIA, 26 (2), 84-88.

Weiland, S., Bleicher, A., Polzin, C., Rauschmayer, F., Rode, J. (2017): The nature of experiments for sustainability transformation: a search for common ground, Journal of Cleaner Production (forthcoming).

Bleicher, A. (2016): Technological change in revitalization - phytoremediation and the role of nonknowledge, Journal of Environmental Management, in press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.07.046. 

Bleicher, A., Gross, M. (2016): Geothermal heat pumps and the vagaries of subterranean geology: Energy independence at a household level as a real world experiment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 64, 279-288, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.06.013.

Bleicher, A.; David, M. (2015): Keine Angst vor der Öffentlichkeit – Beteiligungen im Rahmen der Energie- und Rohstoffgewinnung in Deutschland. In Institut für Markscheidewesen und Geodäsie u.a. (Hrsg.) Tagungsband Bergbau, Energie und Rohstoffe 2015, Nossen: Wagner Digitaldruck, 44–58. Get a copy of the article

Bleicher, A.; Gross, M. (2015): User motivation, energy prosumers, and regional diversity: sociological notes on using shallow geothermal energy, Geothermal Energy, 3 (12), http://www.geothermal-energy-journal.com/content/3/1/12.