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Harald Rohracher

 

Background

2012-: Professor in Technology and Social Change, Linköping University

2009-2010: Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow, Harvard University

1999-2012: Assistant/Associate Professor, Department for Science and Technology Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

1999-2008: Director of the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ), Graz, Austria

1988-2012: co-founder of IFZ, research and teaching

MSc in Physics (Graz University of Technology); Sociology (University of Graz); Science and Technology Policy (Sussex University); PhD in Sociology (University of Graz)


Chair of the board of the Sociology of Science and Technology network (SST-NET) of the European Sociological Association

Co-Editor of ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STI-Studies)

Associate Editor of ‘Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

Editorial Board (Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development) 'Sustainability'

Research interests

In my research I am interested in a better understanding of the co-evolution of technology and society and the governance of socio-technical change towards greater sustainability. Within this context I am focusing on:

  • Cities, infrastructures and low-carbon transitions
  • The governance of socio-technical change with a particular focus on non-state actors
  • The role of users in innovation processes
  • Knowledge brokerage; intermediary organisations; innovation policies

Within these broad fields of interest, my research has mainly focused on cases of sustainable energy technologies (renewable energy, micro-generation; energy efficiency), smart grids, the built environment (low energy/passive houses) and urban food systems.

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Current projects

Pathways to Zero-Energy Buildings in Sweden; funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, 2013 – ongoing

Sustainable buildings from a socio-technical perspective; funded by FORMAS, 2014 - ongoing

Biogas Research Center, phase 2, 2014 - ongoing

“useITsmartly  - Environmental peer-to-peer education for youths with focus on smart use of Information and Communication Technologies”, funded by the European Commission, Coordinator: University of Wuppertal, Germany, 2013 - ongoing

“Participative design of smart grid user interfaces - InnoSmart”, funded by the German Ministry of Science and Research, Coordinator: German Institute for Ecological Economics, 2012 - ongoing

"New networks of power: on the emergence, diffusion and impact of alternative electricity system architectures", funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Coordinator: Chalmers University, 2015 - ongoing

"Replicability Concept for Flexible Smart Grids", funded by ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus and Swedish Energy Agency, Coordinator: Austrian Institute of Technology, 2016 - ongoing

Publications  (selected)

H. Rohracher: ‘Science and Technology Studies, History of’. In: J.D. Wright (ed), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 200-205

K. Ulsrud, T. Winther, D. Palit, H. Rohracher: Village-level solar power in Africa: Accelerating access to electricity services through a socio-technical design in Kenya. In: Energy Research & Social Science 5, 2015, pp. 34-44

P. Späth and H. Rohracher: Conflicting strategies towards sustainable heating at an urban junction of heat infrastructure and building standards. In: Energy Policy 78, 2015, pp. 273-80.

H. Rohracher, P. Späth: The interplay of urban energy policy and socio-technical transitions: The eco-cities of Graz and Freiburg in retrospect. In: Urban Studies 51(7), 2014, pp. 1413-29

P. Späth, H. Rohracher: Beyond localism: The spatial scale and scaling in energy transitions. In: Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P.F.M., Polman, N.B.P., Termeer, C.J.A.M. (eds.), Scale-sensitive Governance of the Environment, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2014, pp. 106-121

M. Ornetzeder, H. Rohracher: Of Solar Collectors, Wind Power, and Car Sharing: Comparing and Understanding Successful Cases of Grassroots Innovations. In: Global Environmental Change 23(5), 2013, pp. 856-67

S. Wirth, J. Markard, B. Truffer, H. Rohracher: Informal institutions matter: professional culture and the development of biogas technology. In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 8, 2013, pp. 20-41

M. Weber, H. Rohracher: A systems approach to transition dynamics: Providing a foundation for legitimizing goal-oriented policy strategies. In: Research Policy 41(6), 2012, pp. 1037-47

P. Späth, H. Rohracher: Local demonstrations for global transitions – Dynamics across governance levels fostering regime change. In: European Planning Studies 20(3), 2012,
pp. 461-479

P. Wächter, M. Ornetzeder, H. Rohracher, A. Schreuer, M. Knoflacher: Towards a Sustainable Spatial Organization of the Energy System: Backcasting Experiences from Austria. In: Sustainability 4(2), 2012, pp. 193-209

K. Ulsrud, T. Winther, D. Palit, H. Rohracher, J. Sandgren: The Solar Transitions research on solar mini-grids in India: Learning from local cases of innovative socio-technical systems. In: Energy and Sustainable Development 15(3), 2011, pp. 293-303, ISSN: 0973-0826

H. Rohracher: Biofuels and their publics: the need for differentiated analyses and strategies. In: Biofuels 1(1), 2010, pp. 3-5, ISSN 1759-7269

P. Späth, H. Rohracher: ‘Energy Regions’: The transformative power of regional discourses on socio-technical futures. In: Research Policy 39(4), 2010, pp. 449–458

A. Schreuer, M. Ornetzeder, H. Rohracher: Negotiating the local embedding of socio-technical experiments: A case study in fuel cell technology. In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 22(6), 2010, pp. 729-743

A. Schreuer, H. Rohracher, P. Späth: Transforming the Energy System: The Role of Institutions, Interests and Ideas. In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 22(6), 2010, pp. 649 - 652

 

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Professor

Telephone: 013-28 29 75
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail: harald.rohracher@liu.se

Address:
Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

 

Current publicatios

  • H. Rohracher: ‘Science and Technology Studies, History of’. In: J.D. Wright (ed), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 200-205
  • K. Ulsrud, T. Winther, D. Palit, H. Rohracher: Village-level solar power in Africa: Accelerating access to electricity services through a socio-technical design in Kenya. In: Energy Research & Social Science 5, 2015, pp. 34-44
  • P. Späth and H. Rohracher: Conflicting strategies towards sustainable heating at an urban junction of heat infrastructure and building standards. In: Energy Policy 78, 2015, pp. 273-80
  • H. Rohracher, P. Späth: The interplay of urban energy policy and socio-technical transitions: The eco-cities of Graz and Freiburg in retrospect. In: Urban Studies 51(7), 2014, pp. 1413-29
  • M. Ornetzeder, H. Rohracher: Of Solar Collectors, Wind Power, and Car Sharing: Comparing and Understanding Successful Cases of Grassroots Innovations. In: Global Environmental Change 23(5), 2013, pp. 856-67
  • M. Weber, H. Rohracher: A systems approach to transition dynamics: Providing a foundation for legitimizing goal-oriented policy strategies. In: Research Policy 41(6), 2012, pp. 1037-47
  • S. Wirth, J. Markard, B. Truffer, H. Rohracher: Informal institutions matter: professional culture and the development of biogas technology. In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 8, 2013, pp. 20-41
  • P. Späth, H. Rohracher: Local demonstrations for global transitions – Dynamics across governance levels fostering regime change. In: European Planning Studies 20(3), 2012, pp. 461-479

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