I joined the BMBF research group „GLOCALPOWER – Funds, Tools and Networks for an African Energy Transition“ in September 2020. I research energy transitions on the African continent with a view toward energy and climate justice and the ‚glocal‘ governance of energy transitions in post-colonial contexts. I also work on a dissertation on the contentious relationships between trade unions and climate (justice) movements in conflicts about coal transitions in Germany and South Africa in order to work out potentials and obstacles for labor-environmental alliances. With the I.L.A.-Kollektiv, I‘m linking academia and activism and translate results from transition studies and social movement studies for activist circles.
My research focuses are:
- The role of social movements in struggles about energy and climate justice
- Socio-ecological transformation and just transition, especially the role of trade unions in transition conflicts
- Political Ecology with a focus on Gramscian Political Ecology