The German energy system is undergoing the most radical change in its history. The nuclear power phase-out and ambitious climate protection targets call for a far greater share of renewable energy sources, a drastic increase of energy efficiency, and substantial energy savings. These goals will not be reached through technical innovations alone. New forms of governance, improved regulations, original business models, and social innovations are equally crucial for success. Moreover, broad public consent is needed for an environmentally and socially sustainable transition.

The Leibniz Research Alliance “Energy Transition” addresses these challenges with an interdisciplinary research approach that combines expertise from the humanities, the natural and the engineering sciences.

Its research focuses on three key areas of conflict that arise from the transformation process:

  • Centralized vs. decentralized systems
  • Collective vs. individual interests
  • Global vs. local effects

The Leibniz Research Alliance “Energy Transition” is coordinated from offices on the European Energy Forum “EUREF” in Berlin, a “living lab” for smart energy and mobility systems. The site offers unique opportunities for conducting empirical research.

Dr Weert Canzler
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
T +49 30 25 49 1 202
Leslie Quitzow
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
T +49 30 254 91 399
Representation of the Coordinator
Lisa Pettibone
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
T +49 30 254 91 399