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Dr. Sabine Hielscher


PhD in Sustainable Consumption and Design, UK

How can we better understand and support innovations derived from civil society in sustainability transformations? Sabine Hielscher conducts research that is concerned with social and ecological transformations with a focus on science, technology and policy studies and innovation research in societal change processes.

She holds a doctorate and is involved in the development of inter- and transdisciplinary research methodologies and practices. She contributes her many years of experience in transdisciplinary research to projects such as Collaboration in regions. Furthermore, she works with local and national organizations throughout Europe and gives guest lectures for researchers and practitioners.


Main focus

  • Sustainability transformation and Governance
  • Social innovation and civil society activities 
  • Transformations in energy systems 
  • Social studies of science and technology 
  • Just transitions and participation


  • Since 05/2022: Researcher at the IÖW
  • 2010 – 2022: Senior Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK
  • 2019 – 2022: Research Associate, Department of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, TU Berlin
  • 2015 – 2019: Research Associate, Center for Technology and Society (ZTG), TU Berlin
  • 2015 – 2016: Lecturer in Design, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


  • 2006 – 2010: PhD in Sustainable Consumption and Design, Nottingham Trent University, UK 
  • 2000 – 2005: Design Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK