Dr. Swantje Gährs
As co-leader of the junior research group SteuerBoard Energie, Swantje Gährs is responsible for the focus on digitalization. She is an expert in the integration of prosumers and decentralized technologies into the energy system and has been researching these topics from a sustainable development perspective since 2013. Her focus in the junior research group is on intelligent networking of decentralized actors for the energy transformation and on the socio-ecological and technical implications.
Further information on the pages of IÖW: https://www.ioew.de/en/the-ioew/employee-details/dr-swantje-gaehrs
Dr. Lars Holstenkamp
As co-leader of the junior research group SteuerBoard Energie, Lars Holstenkamp is responsible for the focus on financing. Since 2006, he has focused his research on the financing and governance of sustainable development processes, especially in the energy sector. Within the junior research group, he now focusses on the interaction between the energy and financial systems.
Further information on the pages of Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: https://www.leuphana.de/en/institutes/insugo/team/lars-holstenkamp.html
In the junior research group, Hannes Bluhm is doing his doctorate with a focus on digitalization. Since 2018, he has been working on the ecological assessment of products and energy systems at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). In the junior research group, he is conducting research on the holistic environmental assessment of digital, decentralized energy communities. As a doctoral student, he is going to concentrate on the methodological integration and modelling of potential effects on the electricity system.
Further information on the pages of IÖW: https://www.ioew.de/en/the-ioew/employee-details/hannes-bluhm
Jan Wiesenthal (né Knoefel)
As a PhD candidate in the junior research group, Jan Wiesenthal is focusing on financing. Within the framework of his doctorate, his focus is in particular on financing and funding options at the local level. For this purpose, he will draw on energy system modelling, among other things. In this way, Jan Wiesenthal is following up on his previous work on prosumers and the technical potential of the decentralized energy system, which he has already been researching since 2017 at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW).
Further information on the pages of IÖW: https://www.ioew.de/en/the-ioew/employee-details/jan-wiesenthal
Najamul Saqib Memon
Najamul Saqib Memon works at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg on financing. He is a political scientist with a focus on policy field analysis and energy policy. Within the junior research group, he researches the development of the legal framework for the financing of decentralized energy solutions on a cross-country comparative basis.
As a PhD candidate at the ECOLOG Institute, Julia Lüdemann is focusing on digitalization. With the help of digital tools, she is investigating the effect of renewable energy plants on local biodiversity with the aim of promoting synergies as early as the planning stage. She also works as a sustainability scientist in various projects on topics such as nature and environmental protection, sustainability assessment and (international) infrastructure development.
As an assistant in the junior research group, Marlen Ihm supports the team with organizational tasks in project management and content-related research. Marlen Ihm has many years of experience as a team assistant at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) since 2015.
Further information on the pages of IÖW: https://www.ioew.de/en/the-ioew/employee-details/marlen-ihm
In the junior research group, Leonie Kütemeyer completed her PhD at the ECOLOG Institute with a focus on digitalization until the end of March 2022, focusing on the influence of digitalization on new forms of participatory governance in cities and municipalities. Her academic background is in the field of urban and cultural space research with a focus on acceptance and governance issues of socio-ecological transformation processes.