Sabine Hielscher

Sabine Hielscher
Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung

Previously SPRU, UoS & TU Berlin

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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Reparieren ist en vogue! Während im Wochentakt neue Repair Cafés eröffnet werden, dringt die Initiative »Schraube locker!?« mit ihrer Forderung für ein »Recht auf Reparatur« bis zur Europäischen Union vor. Ist dies die Renaissance einer verloren geglaubten Kulturtechnik oder handelt es sich lediglich um einen kurzlebigen Hype? Melanie Jaeger-Erben...
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Academic research and policy have focused on sustainable energy transitions for addressing the societal challenge of climate change for a long time, but the concept of ‘social innovation’ has only been recently taken up. This concept refers to different social phenomena relating to changes in socio-technical systems. Moving beyond narrow perspectiv...
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Pathways towards low-carbon energy transitions have become a priority in 21st century Europe. The commitment to lowering carbon dioxide emissions have triggered changes to current fossil fuel-based energy systems. Over the past decade, fossil fuel energy pathways have been characterized by closures of sites, continued extractions and new exploratio...
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Smart grids are promoted as promising pathways for dealing with new grid challenges that have arisen by the introduction of renewable energies. In Germany, increasing shares of volatile renewables have led to a growing number of smart grid pilot projects and related regulatory and market developments. Even though, much has been done to develop the...
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Decarbonisation policies often emphasise the uptake of new end-use technologies, seeing people as consumers of technologies with predictable impacts. In the UK, smart hybrid heat pumps (SHHP) have attracted policy interest as a technology potentially offering multiple benefits for home heat decarbonisation. This paper draws on domestication theory,...
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Social innovation is an important dimension of current transformations in energy systems. It can refer to alternative business models, novel policy instruments, financing schemes, participatory governance approaches to energy questions, or new discourses. Its significance for energy systems is often considered in narrow instrumentalist terms, reduc...
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How do the social dynamics within interdisciplinary research teams shape sustainability research? This paper presents a case study of interdisciplinary research projects at the University of Sussex, as part of a programme aimed at encouraging collaborative work to address intersections between the Sustainability Development Goals. Using data gather...
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Highlights • Presents findings on user engagement from first UK trial of smart hybrid heat pumps • Domestication theory offers insights for UK heat decarbonisation policy • User learning about smart hybrid heat may challenge policy expectations • Opportunities to influence user learning are also identified • Energy policy could benefit from co...
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Repair initiatives have attracted increasing attention as a potential source for addressing a variety of sustainability challenges. Less evident are social scientific analysis about people repairing objects at home. This paper aims to provide insights into how people, who come together to fix objects in repair initiatives perform domestic repair. I...
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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mark the first time a global body has attempted to manage the planet’s future in its entirety, linking together urgent, over- lapping and contradictory existential threats. If we treat the world as an interlinked system, it becomes clear that all answers to how we live are provisional and evolving. We n...
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Based on an extensive synthesis of semi-structured interviews, media content analysis, and systematic reviews, this article conducts a qualitative meta-analysis of more than 560 sources of evidence to identify 38 visions associated with seven different low-carbon innovations – automated mobility, electric vehicles, smart meters, nuclear power, unco...
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Repairing and caring for consumer goods can significantly prolong the useful life of products. So far, there is a lack of research that investigates the appropriation of repair practices and their integration into everyday life. The paper draws on social practice theories to investigate everyday repair and highlights material, spatial, and temporal...
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In the past few years, debates increasingly emerge that discuss the potential of repair and DIY initiatives to contribute to inclusive and sustainable developments. It is argued that initiatives enable individuals to take responsibility for sustainable consumption. Moreover, they are said to promote citizen empowerment and collaborative practices a...
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The United Kingdom’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) creates the legal framework so that an in-home display unit and a smart gas and electricity meter can be installed in every household by the end of 2020. Intended to reduce household energy consumption, the SMIP is one of the world’s most complex smart meter rollouts. It is also provi...
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The Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) in Great Britain is one of the largest and most complex smart meter programs in the world, and for this reason, it provides unique challenges that we must critically reflect upon. We thank Shipworth et al. (2018) for reading Sovacool et al. (2017) and engaging with some of its findings. Their analysis...
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Socio-technical futures and associated expectations are acknowledged to play a crucial role in generating momentum for many science and technology innovations. Past research has mainly concentrated on studying the role of expectations within the early developments of innovations, formulated by technological developers and scientists, rather than lo...
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The local level has gained prominence in climate policy and governance in recent years as it is increasingly perceived as a privileged arena for policy experimentation and social and institutional innovation. However, the success of local climate governance in industrialized countries has been limited. One reason may be that local communities focus...
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The Smart Meter Implementation Programme (SMIP) is arguably one of the most expansive and complex smart meter programmes globally. The UK government regards smart meters to be enablers of a low-carbon energy grid and has set out ambitious consumer-orientated aims within their programme across England, Scotland, and Wales. Despite considerable amoun...
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Written for the AHRC to review how creative practice has led to culture change. A shorter and more incisive version can be found at: bit.ly/CPT2S.
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Achieving a cultural shift towards sustainability will involve a diversity of approaches at different scales. What we propose here is not a uniform landscape replicating similar practice, but work that encourages creativity and positive responses to change, that recognises the value of process in itself for transformation and that finds new ways of...
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The challenge of facilitating a shift towards sustainable housing, food and mobility has been taken up by diverse community-based initiatives ranging from "top-down" approaches in low-carbon municipalities to "bottom-up" approaches in intentional communities. This paper compares intervention measures in four case study areas belonging to these two...
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Über den Fokus Alltagspraktiken den Handlungsraum für Klimaschutz erhöhen Der jüngste Bericht des Weltklimarates der Vereinten Nationen (IPCC) betont erneut die Dringlichkeit einer grundlegenden und umfassenden Transition industrialisierter Gesellschaften hin zu einer low-carbon Gesellschaft. Angesichts des sich schnell schließenden Zeitfensters z...
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The Smart Meter Implementation Program (SMIP) lays the legal framework in the United Kingdom so that a smart gas and electricity meter, along with an in-home display, can be installed in every household by 2020. Intended to reduce national household energy consumption by 5-15%, the SMIP represents arguably the world’s largest and most expensive sma...
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In this short discussion paper, we discuss recent attention towards the phase out of coal in the UK and associated understandings derived from the field of sustainability transitions. While, the recent focus on destabilisation of unsustainable technologies in this field is important, we raise concerns that there is the risk of insufficient attentio...
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Grassroots digital fabrication workshops (such as FabLabs), and associated technologies (such as 3D printers), are attracting increasing attention as a potential source for addressing a variety of social and environmental challenges. Through an analysis of an in-depth case study on FabLabs, this paper aims to provide insights into the practices eme...
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Neoliberalism is a powerful narrative that has shaped processes of urban economic development across the globe. This paper reports on four nascent ‘new economic’ narratives which represent fundamentally different imaginaries of the urban economy. Experiments informed by these narratives challenge the dominant neoliberal logic in four key dimensions...
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Hair care is a significant international industry – estimated to be worth over £1.44 billion in contemporary Britain (Mintel 2015). Given this, it is perhaps not so surprising to learn that British women spend on average £40,000 on their hair over a lifetime (Sharkey 2014). However, despite women's preoccupation with hair, social science research h...
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Digital fabrication laboratories (such as Fab Labs) are a global initiative of workshops that offer open access to technologies to produce objects from beginning idea to final production. Fab Labs encourage open and free knowledge-sharing among ‘experts’ and the general public. Claims are being made about community-based digital fabrication worksho...
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Grassroots innovations for sustainability are attracting increasing policy attention. Drawing upon a wide range of empirical research into community energy in the UK, and taking recent support from national government as a case study, we apply three distinct analytical perspectives: strategic niche management, niche policy advocacy, and critical ni...
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System-changing innovations for sustainability transitions are proposed to emerge in radical innovative niches. ‘Strategic Niche Management’ theory predicts that niche-level actors and networks will aggregate learning from local projects, disseminating best practice, and encouraging innovation diffusion. Grassroots innovations emerging from civil s...
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Community energy projects are attracting increasing attention as potential sources of innovation to support sustainable energy transitions. Research into ‘grassroots innovations’ like community energy often recognises the difficulties they face in simply surviving let alone in growing or seeding wider change. Strategic niche management theory is po...
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Academic historical research on hair has largely focused on the symbolic meanings of hairstyles, often overlooking the material impact of hair and hair care products on notions of what it is to have acceptable hair. This article traces the significance of the shininess of hair over time, a particular ‘state’ of hair that is not only discursively co...
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This paper considers hair care as a network of activities and routines which have consequences for environmental sustainability and which may be modified by design. It proposes that together with cultural knowledge, embodied skill and objects, these activities can be thought of as 'practices' that are reproduced and also change through time (Shove...

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SONNET aims to create an inter- and transdisciplinary understanding of the diversity and processes of social innovations in the energy sector (SIE). It assesses - critically and reflexively- the success, contributions and future potential of SIE towards sustainable energy transitions in Europe. SONNET investigates how, to what extent and under which enabling conditions diverse types of SIE may result in new breakthroughs or successfully help to overcome transition barriers; such as limited citizen engagement or slow adoption of new technologies. https://sonnet-energy.eu/ https://twitter.com/SONNET_energy