Ingmar Lippert

Ingmar Lippert
IT University of Copenhagen · Technologies in Practice Research Group

PhD in Sociology (Dr. Phil); MA in Environment Culture and Society; BSc in Environmental and Resource Management

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Introduction
Working ethnographically on environmental data practices, mundane work realities in environmental management and grounded critiques of ecological modernisation. I position this work between Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociologies of the Environment, of (Un)Sustainability and Technology as well as Organisation Studies (in particular Critical Management Studies).
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - present
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2019 - present
IT University of Copenhagen
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I co-lead the SOCCAR project - for details see https://soccar.itu.dk/
March 2016 - present
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity
Position
  • Researcher
Education
November 2008 - December 2012
Universität Augsburg
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 2005 - August 2007
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Environment, Culture and Society
October 2001 - September 2005
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
Field of study
  • Environmental and Resource Management

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Publications (58)
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In a recent instantiation by Bruno Latour of how STS can engage with matters of concern, he conceptualised a changing relationship by humans with earth. For Latour, scientists' notion ‘anthropocene’ illustrates that humans accept that their industrial activities are not merely causing some surface environmental problems but that they establish a ge...
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We propose an analysis of environmental management (EM) as work and as practical activity. This approach enables empirical studies of the diverse ways in which professionals, scientists, NGO staffers, and activists achieve the partial manageability of specific “environments”. In this introduction, we sketch the debates in Human Geography, Managemen...
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Number studies have featured often in past STS scholarship. We offer six papers each of which we see as broaching a novel issue in STS number studies. They attend to a very wide range of sociotechnical situations where numbers and/or algorithms feature. Contributors reflect on the analytic framing they have been using to make their STS number study...
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How do we narrate about how we "use" STS for social scientific research? How do we study STS research practices? Do all research practices that involve STS concepts contribute to STS? This text constitutes the afterword to an edited volume that collects contribute to providing answers in the borderlands of these questions. The afterword problematis...
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Methods have been recognised in STS as mattering for a long time. STS ethnographies establish a boundary object with which STS scholars weave a pattern: From such ethnographic accounts we learn that knowledge is produced locally. Ethnography has over the recent decades been highlighted as a key method in STS. And that STS ethnography is specificall...
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This paper explores the potential of enacting care through methodography, an emerging genre of writing about reflexive methods, specifically within and about STS ethnography. We think of methodography as a genre shaped by scholars who reflexively attend to their own or other social scientists’ research practices (Ashmore 1989; Greiffenhagen et al....
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The recently constituted association stsing offers scholars a new platform to do STS in and through Germany (therefore the wording stsing). Specific about this platform is its creative and open understanding of collaboration on the one hand and critical reflection of national, international, institutional, and intergenerational challenges of STS re...
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Please also check out Andreas' comment on this public lecture: https://rustlab.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/comment-on-mewes-lippert-data-methods-and-writing-methodographies-of-sts-ethnographic-collaboration-in-practice/
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Supposedly, digitalisation offers new capacities and directions for environmental politics and governance. This chapter critically introduces the discursive trajectories of three ‘developments’, sustainable development, digitalisation and capitalist acceleration. Analytically, the chapter frames these trajectories with sensibilities developed in th...
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Helen Verran is a postcolonial historian and philosopher of science at Charles Darwin University in Australia. Her contributions, addressing concepts’ performances and effects, are groundbreaking in the study of generalising logics, difference, and ontological politics. This analysis of how concepts get enacted responds to key challenges of social...
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This contribution troubles the making absent and present of earth and earthliness in references to the Sorbs, a primarily German West Slavic minority group, in Lusatian lignite energy future discourse. Lusatia, in Eastern Germany, is one of the two major German regions for opencast mining, feeding some of Europe’s largest coal-fired powerplants, am...
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Energy poverty, a condition whereby people cannot secure adequate home energy services, is gaining prominence in public discourse and on political and policy agendas. As its measurement is operationalised, metrical developments are being socially shaped. A European Union mandate for biennial reporting on energy poverty presents an opportunity to in...
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STS is strong in analysing the practices and promises of science and technology, showing their normative and political situatedness, implications and consequences. Recently, STS has started to turn to empirical studies of social scientific methods (Law/Ruppert 2013) and of STS's own methods (Lippert/Douglas-Jones 2019). This paper pushes the emergi...
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Wir gliedern unseren Beitrag in vier plakative Punkte: Erstens, der Mensch ist Teil von Biodiversität und damit auch von Bioökonomie. Zweitens, Monitoring selbst muss divers sein. Als Drittes bieten wir ein Beispiel von Nichtkommerziellen und Nichtstaatlichen Monitoring der Bioökonomie an. Wir schließen mit Überlegungen zur Demokratisierung von Wis...
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published at https://easst.net/article/doing-data-methodography-in-and-of-sts/ ___ How does STS ethnography meet what it researches? Not prescriptive methodology-we were interested in methodography, describing and problematising how methods shape data. 2018 saw three research events that focused on data infrastructures and practices in participant...
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STS scholars frequently engage in collaborative research, as groups of STS scholars as much as in collaborations with colleagues in other fields or non-academics. This SI explores how ethnographic data is generated and transformed for STS analysis in a range of such collaborative contexts. The special issues (SI) aims to lead beyond reflexivity acc...
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Calculating and making public carbon footprints is becoming self-evident for multinational corporations. Drawing on ethnographic data I narrate of the calculative routine practices involved in that process. The narration shows how routine yet sophisticated mathematical transformations are involved in retrieving salient information, and second that...
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see https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330479954
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Introduces the difference between methodology (prescriptive and normative) and methodography (descriptive). Problematises Science and Technology Studies' focus on troubling other field's methods-in-practice, data practices and infrastructures and turns to such material practices in STS's ethnographic work.
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Green futures may be conceptually addressed as a relational effect of material and semiotic practices or processes. Futures, in this respect, may refer either to claims in the present about the future or, within a linear time ontology, to whatever happens after the present. I wonder how green futures are prefigured in baseline accounts in environme...
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Environments seem to matter in many ways, as resources, as constraints, as enablers, and in complex ambivalence and entanglements. But how do they come to matter? Is “the environment” merely a cosmic signifier, an issue of semiotics? I take the stance that environments have been mattering for humans all along. A universalising claim; but environmen...
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The workshop focuses on the methods of participant observation and collaboration in and around the field in STS ethnography. By that, we seek to strengthen the capacity for methodography, the empirical study of research methods in practice. Prior to the workshop participants share draft articles on the workshop theme. These are discussed throughout...
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I propose we consider as an STS problem precisely our infrastructures of researching, of analysing, evidencing or illustrating our analytical considerations and arguments, that is the STSy dynamics, abilities and disabilities that prefigure the problems STS engages with. In short: if the roundtable asks “what is our problem?”, I respond programmati...
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Dominant politics desires evidence-based environmental decision-making, employing facts. Grounded in an ethnography of the production of corporate carbon footprints, environmental facts are analysed as the effect of work and data processing. In the practical reality of work, environment exists in a hybrid and tactical dataspace. Implications for en...
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Corporate carbon footprint data has become ubiquitous. This data is also highly promissory. But as this paper argues, such data fails both consumers and citizens. The governance of climate change seemingly requires a strong foundation of data on emission sources. Economists approach climate change as a market failure, where the optimisation of the...
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Ecological modernist approaches to climate change are premised upon knowing carbon emissions. I ask how corporate environmental managers know and do carbon, i.e., shape the reality of emissions. I argue that for managers’ practical purposes carbon exists as malleable data. Based on ethnographic fieldwork over a period of 20 months in a Fortune 50 m...
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Numbers matter in science, technology and in myriad further fields. Relating to the ubiquitous presence of numbers and numbering, STS has been developing and drawing on a range of analytics in generative studies of numbers and numbering (e.g. Lave 1988, Porter 1995, Verran 2001). Among recent innovations in STS analytics of numbers and numbering, f...
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This 2004 essay reviews critiques of the discourse of sustainable development and applies these critiques on the European Union's Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) approach, i.e. EU’s Directive 2001/42/EC. The critique opened up is at most a suggestion for further research, e.g. a critical discourse analysis of SEA.
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In the academic world texts flourish. Yet, simple showcases of basic technical requirements on academic texts are difficult to spell out. They are difficult to detail because, for academics, they are so self-evident. This text showcases and explains a standard for academic writing. The text exemplifies how technically correct writing achieves accou...
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New markets are key in debates concerning environmental regimes. Critics and proponents share a discourse that characterises environmental markets in terms of scale; many discuss how to scale environmental markets ‘the right way’. Building on previous work in human geography, actor–network theory, and governmentality studies, we unpack the dual but...
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The stability of a discourse is not given but produced. It is achieved in the configuration of the dispositif. The paper approaches dispositif as a practical ongoing assembling of semiotic and material entities. The article presents an assemblage of theories, methods and methodologies that allow tracing how heterogeneous entities are (re)(con)figur...
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see https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329696429
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Capitalism manages to enact environments in the midst of its centres by means of keeping other environments out. The fundamental practice which allows for this contradictory and generative move is that capitalist agents enact environments. Capitalism does not require a clear, neat, distinct, singular environment. Multiple, fluid, dynamic environmen...
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While STS increasingly secures its ground as a disciplined inter-disciplinary field, junior STS scholars need to address how they experience and may reconfigure their positions within the field. Correspondingly, on 16th of October, EASST held its 2012 pre-conference workshop at Copenhagen Business School on the theme What does it mean to do STS at...
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Twenty-five scholars from across Europe, Colombia and the United States convened in late May 2012 for the five-day workshop “How do you manage? Unravelling the situated practice of environmental management” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany. Bringing together deeply empirical, often ethnographic work from scie...
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In this introduction to out 2012 workshop "How do you manage? Unravelling the situated practice of environmental management", the Environment, Management and Society Research Group guides through the themes of the workshop: Agents, rationales and rationalities; Objects and assemblages; and Performance and imaginaries. The workshop was held at ZiF,...
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How does a corporation know it emits carbon? Acquiring such knowledge starts with the classification of environmentally relevant consumption information. This paper visits the corporate location at which this underlying element for their knowledge is assembled to give rise to carbon emissions. Using an Actor-network theory (ANT) framework, the aim...
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Carbon dioxide (CO2) is ubiquitous. It is a chemical compound that is commonly encountered, for example, in chemistry classes in high school. It also entered the global stage of climate change politics and economies as a currency of emissions to be traded on carbon markets. Thus, a definition of carbon dioxide must engage with the complexity of its...
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Carbon matters. And it is computed. In a culture. Underlying calculations are configured; and they could be configured otherwise. To open a space for conceptual discussion about carbon, this article attempts to reconstruct the extended and distributed practices of knowing carbon emissions with the help of scholarship from the field of Science and T...
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This poster provides a methodological perspective to study human actors and the socio-technical devices and settings in and through which they perform governance. By way of linking Actor-Network theory and Pierre Bourdieu's concept of habitus and field the agency of humans may be explored. This suggests to studies of governance a perspective to rec...
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Recycling is a concept, normally taken-for-granted within academic approaches to environmental management. Recognising that recycling should be preceded by reduction of waste and re-use, the science of recycling usually addresses its object as an activity which needs optimising, rather than questioning. My take on recycling differs from the standar...
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‘Energy’ has been continuously a topic in Western discourses on environmental and technology politics, at the latest since the global oil crises between 1970 and 1980. Potential for private sector innovation to put environmental protection goals into practice is considered significant. Implicit to the aims of energy efficiency and safe energy is th...
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The term greenwashing is normally used as a pejorative, referring to the practice of construing an activity as more environmentally friendly than it really is. In that, it likens its precursor term whitewashing used to signify money laundering (i.e., the creation of value based on using resources that were illegally gained). Greenwashing references...
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Book Part III investigates some of the limits and contradictions of management of the environment and its resources, through detailed discussions of key dimensions of applied environmental management. This part introduces studies of 1) resource management (rivers as well as recycling), 2) specific techniques drawn on in corporate and public environ...
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In modern society, the insurance industry is a major actor in spreading risks across populations. Although societies do not depend solely on the insurance industry to systematically deal with risks, this branch of the financial services sector shapes societal approaches to risks to a large degree. When new risks, such as nanorisks (i.e., risks due...
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Insurances and reinsurances constitute the commercial insurance sector. While insurers underwrite risks directly with the insured, reinsurers insure the insurers. Thus, in combination they manage not only the risks originating directly in society and economy, but also the ones that they ...
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This book contributes to an emerging position in the debate on how environmental management can fruitfully be researched. To this end, it employs two texts conceptualising and contextualising environmental management as an object of study. First, by means of a philosophy of science case study on an university course on environmental management, the...
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This book addresses both, Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Sociology, problematising the role of the human, breathing, agent who is required to put Ecological Modernisation into practice. This type of agent has been undertheorised by Ecological Modernisation Theory. Ingmar Lippert offers a conceptualisation of such an agent by drawi...
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In the 1970s widespread awareness of a 'global environmental crisis' began to emerge in Western societies. Specific staff were employed to deal with environmental problems. While they are supposed to manage the greening of their organisations, committed to sustainable development, research did not study these agents in their own right. By drawing o...
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Wir entwickeln eine kritische studentische Perspektive auf Nachhaltigkeitspolitik an Hochschulen. Dabei betrachten wir den reduzierenden Fokus hochschulischer Nachhaltigkeistarbeit auf Umweltmanagementsysteme im Verhältnis auf die Potentiale der Hinterfragung von Lehre und Forschung aus der Perspektive des Nachhaltigkeitsdiskurses. Für einen Prozes...
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an essay based on which I developed my critical engagement with the discourse of sustainable development -- republished and better introduced in the "Fragments of Environmental Management Studies" book https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280142030_Fragments_of_Environmental_Management_Studies

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I am looking for research that does not merely defend their choices of method and methodology but also describes and problematises the complexities and troubles in doing empirical work - in the ethnographic tradition of the field of "Science and Technology Studies".

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Study the epistemic, epistemological, ontic and ontological practices within ethnographic research in the field of Science and Technology Studies.