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Dr. Astrid Aretz


1st state examination for electrical engineering and mathematics

Astrid Aretz is committed to an energy transition that involves citizens in many different ways. In projects on prosumers, tenant electricity and energy sharing, she investigates the framework conditions required for greater participation in renewable energies. As topic coordinator for “Digital Transformation” at the IÖW, she is also examining which digital applications can support such citizen participation. The energy transition researcher combines economic, technical and social science methods.


Main focus

  • Citizen participation
  • Digital innovations
  • Decentralized power supply


  • Since 11/2005: Researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research in the research field “Sustainable Energy and Climate Protection”
  • 2004 – 2005: Researcher at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg
  • 2002 – 2003: Researcher at the Academy for Technology Assessment Baden-Württemberg


  • 2003: PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • 2000 – 2002: PhD student at the bremer energie institut
  • 1994 – 1999: Studies in electrical engineering and mathematics at RWTH Aachen University