As a researcher I am undisciplined, and inspired by different social science perspectives on environmental issues, politics, and technology. I often take critical approaches as point of departure, such as political ecology, socio-technical infrastructure studies, and discourse analysis. A socio-technical perspective on infrastructures, such as energy systems, highlights how these mediate environmental governance and power relations as well as environmental impact in a material, spatial, and social sense.
Energy constitutes a red thread in my research. In my dissertation I studied how experimentation on so-called smart grids arrange environmental governance in broad terms, beyond isolated pilot projects. The study included moving across different places where governance is “done” or accomplished in practice, such as governmental agencies, policy networks, interest organizations, the locations of different experiments, and local public administrations.
In the project “Local solar energy communities – a way towards strengthened energy democracy?” I explore local solar energy community initiatives. The project combines in-depth case studies of local solar energy communities with analysis of the policy landscape they are embedded within,