Department of Environmental Politics
Research focus: My research focuses on transformations to sustainability in cities and how cities are increasingly governing the infrastructural changes required by climate change, droughts, or floods via digitalization. I focus on the governance of so called smart infrastructural changes within the energy and water field and use a governmentality approach to ask about the ideas and knowledge that underpin these transitions, as well as the reordering of power structures, agency, responsibilities, and practices.
Why do you want to do this PhD? In the name of sustainability, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being incorporated into infrastructures worldwide. I am interested in the societal impacts, but also the transformative potential of these developments. I am trying both to examine the relation between sustainability and digitalization and focus on how governance and power are being reorganized through this. I also aim to make recommendations for digitalization for transformations to sustainability.
What do you like doing when you´re not working on your PhD? Digitalization has also changed my life a lot. In my free time, however, I try to turn off my computer and spend my time cycling by one of the many lakes, gardening or reading a printed book. Since urban transformation must be an ecological and social one, I am also involved in civil society for affordable and livable housing in cities.Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sina Leipold, Dr. Frank Hüesker,
Prof. Dr. Sybille Bauriedl