Dr. Alena Bleicher


Dr. Alena Bleicher

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

Curriculum Vitae - A. Bleicher (67.4 KB)

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.

Current Projects

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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Bleicher, A. (2020): Why are recycled waste materials used reluctantly? - Enriching research in recycling with social scientific perspectives. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 152, 104543, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104543.  

Bleicher, A., David, M., Rutjes, H. (2019): When environmental legacy becomes a resource: On the making of secondary resources. Geoforum 101, 18-27.

Benighaus, C.; Bleicher, A. (2019): Neither risky technology nor renewable electricity: Contested frames in the development of geothermal energy in Germany. Energy Research & Social Science 47, 46-55, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.08.022.

Bleicher, A. (2018): Geothermal energy as a cause of anthropogenic natural hazards. Possibilities for sustainable development of this technology | [Geothermie als Ursache anthropogener Naturgefahren: Moglichkeiten zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung der Technologie]. Geographische Rundschau 70 (7-8), pp. 34-39. (Paper at the journal's webpage)            

Bleicher, A. (2018): Das Ende der Abfalleigenschaft – Kulturelle Mechanismen der Reinigung im Recycling. In: Thiel, S.; Thomé-Kozmiensky, E.; Goldmann, D. (eds.) Recycling und Rohstoffe – Band 11, Thomé-Kozmiensky Verlag GmbH, Neuruppin, 125 – 134. Get a copy of this article

Meller, C.; Schill, E.; Bremer, J.; Kolditz, O.; Bleicher, A.; Benighaus, C.; Chavot, P., Gross, M.; Pellizzone, A.; Renn, O.; Schilling, F.; Kohl, T. (2018): Acceptability of geothermal installations: A geoethical concept for GeoLaB. Geothermics 73, 133–145, doi: 10.1016/j.geothermics.2017.07.008.

Bleicher, A., David, M., Rutjes, H., Wallkamm, M. (2017): Rohstoffgewinnung und Technologieentwicklung in Deutschland im Wandel : sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, UFZ-Bericht 5/2017, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig.

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): Resource extraction technologies - is a more responsible path of development possible? Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 16, 367-391.

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 169, 30–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.182.

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.