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Dr. Sabine Hielscher

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Sabine Hielscher is interested in the politics, processes and materializations of grassroots innovations and the dynamics of everyday (sustainable) consumption patterns, particularly the relationship between people and technologies. Analysis tends to be interdisciplinary, drawing upon theoretical frameworks from variety of disciplines, but especially social practice theory and transition theory. Sabine has made use of a variety of qualitative research methods (such as in-depth interviews, evocative interviews, creative design workshops, participant observations and focus groups) and has been employed on research projects with different organizations (such as BMBF, AHRC, EPSRC and RCUK Energy Programme).

Research Interests:

  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Grassroots Innovation
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • STS, Practice Theories, Sustainability Transitions

  

Academic Career
Duration    
Activity
Since 2015
Scientific Researcher at ZTG, TU Berlin
2014 - 2015
Lecturer ‘Ecology and Design’ at Goldsmiths College, London

Since 2010
Research Fellow at Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex
2005-2010
PhD in Design, Nottingham Trent University, UK
2000-2004
BA (Hons) Ecodesign, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Research Projects
Duration
Topic
TU-Berlin - ZTG
2015-2017
Scientific Researcher at ZTG Project 'Repara/kul/tur'

2015-2016
Scientific Researcher at ZTG Project 'COSIMA – Governing community-based social innovation for climate change mitigation and adaptation'
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
2017-2018
SDG17++: Developing an understanding of how disciplinary dynamics within interdisciplinary research teams shape sustainability research, and with what outcomes and implications for sustainability policy and practice
2013-2018
CIED – Centre for Innovation and Energy Demand: Studying Grassroots Digital Fabrication
2015
DLRG – Design Researcher Get Lost
2013-2015
Transit – Transformative Social Innovation Theory : Studying Fab Labs and Hackerspaces
2010-2013
CISE – Community Innovations in Sustainable Energy

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Publications
Articles
Year
Topic
2018
Hielscher, Sabine and Sovacool, Benjamin (2018): Contested smart and low-carbon energy futures: media discourses of smart meters in the United Kingdom. Journal of Cleaner Production, 195. pp. 978-990. ISSN 0959-6526
2018
Hielscher, Sabine and Kivimaa, Paula (2018): Governance through expectations: examining the long-term policy relevance of smart meters in the United Kingdom. Futures. ISSN 0016-3287
2018
Hausknost, DanielHaas, WilliHielscher, SabineSchaefer, MartinaLeitner, MichaelaKunze, Iris and Mandl, Sylvia(2018): Investigating patterns of local climate governance: how low-carbon municipalities and intentional communities intervene into social practices. Environmental Policy and Governance. ISSN 1756-932X
2018
Schäfer, M.; Hielscher, S.; Haas, W.; Hausknost, D.; Leitner, M.; Kunze, I.; Mandl, S.: Facilitating Low-Carbon Living? A Comparison of Intervention Measures in Different Community-Based Initiatives. Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1047; doi:10.3390/su10041047
2017
Sovacool, Benjamin K; Kivimaa, Paula; Hielscher, Sabine; Jenkins, Kirsten: Vulnerability and resistance in the United Kingdom’s smart meter transition. Energy Policy, 109. pp. 767-781. ISSN 0301-4215
2017
Hielscher, Sabine: Experimenting with novel socio–technical configurations: the domestication of digital fabrication technologies in FabLabs. Digital Culture and Society, 3 (1). pp. 47-72. ISSN 2364-2114
2017
Johnstone, Philip; Hielscher, Sabine: Phasing out coal, sustaining coal communities? Living with technological decline in sustainability pathways. Extractive Industries and Society. ISSN 2214-790X
2017
Longhurst, Noel; Avelino, Flor; Wittmeyer, Julia; Weaver, Paul; Dumitru, Adina; Hielscher, Sabine; Cipolla, Carla; Alfonso, Rita; Kunze, Iris ; Elle, Morton: Experimenting with alternative economies: four emergent counter-narratives of urban economic development. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22. pp. 69-74. ISSN 1877-3435
2016
Hielscher, Sabine: Because you’re worth it: women’s daily hair care routines in contemporary Britain. Internet Archaeology (42). ISSN 1363-5387
2016
Smith, Adrian; Hargreaves, Tom; Hielscher, Sabine; Martiskainen, Mari; Seyfang, Gill: Making the most of community energies: three perspectives on grassroots innovation. Environment and Planning A, 48 (2). pp. 407-432. ISSN 0308-518X
2016
Fleischmann, Katja; Hielscher, Sabine; Merritt, Timothy: Making things in fab labs: a case study on sustainability and co-creation. Digital Creativity, 27 (2). pp. 113-131. ISSN 1462-6268
2014
Seyfang, Gill; Hielscher, Sabine; Hargreaves, Tom; Martiskainen, Mari; Smith, Adrian: A grassroots sustainable energy niche? Reflections on community energy in the UK. Journal of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 13. pp. 21-44. ISSN 2210-4224
2013
Hargreaves, Tom; Hielscher, Sabine; Seyfang, Gill; Smith, Adrian: Grassroots innovations in community energy: the role of intermediaries in niche development. Global Environmental Change, 23 (5). pp. 868-880. ISSN 0959-3780
2013
Hielscher, Sabine: 'Good' and 'bad' shine: an examination of the material interactions in women's hair care in the UK. Journal of Design History, 26 (3). pp. 257-269. ISSN 0952-4649
2008
Hielscher, Sabine; Fisher, Tom; Cooper, Tim: The return of the beehives, brylcreem and botanical! An historical review of hair care practices with a view to opportunities for sustainable design. Undisciplined! Design Research Society Conference 2008 Proceedings.
2007
Hielscher, Sabine: How often do you wash your hair? Design as disordering: everyday routines, human object theories, probes and sustainability. 7th European Academy of Design Conference (EAD07) Proceedings, 07.
Book Section
Year
Topic
2013
Hielscher, Sabine; Seyfang, Gill; Smith, Adrian: Grassroots innovation for sustainable energy: exploring niche development processes among community energy initiatives. In: Cohen, Maurie J, Brown, Halina S and Vergragt, Philip J (eds.) Sustainable Lifestyles in a New Economy: Ecological Macroeconomics, Socio-technical Transitions and Social Practice. Advances in ecological economics . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 133-158. ISBN 9781781001257
Reports and Working Papers
Year
Topic
2015
Avelino, Flor; Dumitru, Adina; Longhurst, Noel; Wittmayer, Julia; Hielscher, Sabine; Weaver, Paul; Cipolla, Carla; Afonso, Rita; Kunze, Iris; Dorland, Jens; Elle, Morton; Pel, Bonno; Strasser, Tim; Kemp, Rene; Haxeltine, Alex and Unset: Transitions towards new economies? A transformative social innovation perspective. Working Paper. TRANSIT working paper #3, Brighton.
2015
Smith, Adrian; Hielscher, Sabine; Fressoli, Mariano: Transformative social innovation narrative: FabLabs. Project Report. TRANSIT: EU.
2015
Smith, Adrian; Hielscher, Sabine; Fressoli, Mariano: Transformative social innovation narrative: Hackerspaces. Project Report. TRANSIT: EU.
2015
Hielscher, Sabine: Fab Lab Amersfoort, De War: an innovation history. Project Report. Centre for Innovation and Energy Demand.
2015
Hielscher, Sabine: Fab Lab Amersfoort, De War: an innovation history. Project Report. Centre for Innovation and Energy Demand.
2014
Hielscher, Sabine; Smith, Adrian: Community-based digital fabrication workshops: a review of the research literature. Working Paper. University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex.
2013
Smith, Adrian; Hielscher, Sabine; Dickel, Sascha; Soderberg, Johan; van Oost, Ellen: Grassroots digital fabrication and makerspaces: Reconfiguring, relocating and recalibrating innovation? Working Paper. University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex.
2013
Hielscher, Sabine: Carbon rationing action groups: an innovation history. Project Report. University of Sussex; University of East Anglia.
2013
Hielscher, Sabine: Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust: an innovation history. Project Report. University of Sussex; University of East Anglia.
2012
Hielscher, Sabine: South Wheatley Environmental Trust wind turbine project: an innovation history. Project Report. University of Sussex; University of East Anglia.
2012
Hielscher, Sabine: Brighton Energy Co-op: an innovation history. Project Report. SPRU & CSERGE.
2012
Hielscher, Sabine: Barley Bridge Weir Hydro Scheme: an innovation history. Project Report. SPRU & CSERGE.
2011
Hielscher, Sabine: Community energy in the UK: a review of the research literature. Working Paper. CISE: Grassroots Innovation, Brighton.

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