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Dr. Steven Salecki


Dr. rer. pol. (Economics), M. Sc. Economist

How can acceptance of wind turbines or solar parks be improved? Steven Salecki works out success factors for the decentralized energy transition providing support for decision-makers. The economist identifies participation approaches that promote acceptance and uses regional economic models to calculate how municipalities can best benefit from renewable energies.

Steven Salecki leads various projects at the IÖW and applies economic, regional, and business management methods. In his doctoral thesis, he combined these perspectives to analyze the regional expansion of renewable energies.


Main focus

  • Regional economic effects, regional structural change
  • Participation and acceptance aspects in the energy transition
  • Decentralized energy systems


  • Since 04/2011: Research associate at the IÖW
  • 2003 – 2009: Repeated work in the areas of environmental protection and public relations at Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Veltheim 


  • 2017: Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) (Economics) at the University of Kassel on the topic: Economic factors of the regional use of renewable energies
  • 2008 – 2010: Master of Science in Economics (specializing in energy economics) at the University Münster
  • 2005 – 2008: Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University Münster