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Dr Sabine Hielscher

Post:Research Fellow (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, The Sussex Energy Group)

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Sabine Hielscher joined SPRU as a Research Fellow in October 2010. Her work has focused on studying grassroots innovations, which are novel activities derived from groups in civil society, for instance, community energy initiatives (CISE 2010-2013) and community-based digital fabrication workshops (Transit 2013-2015, CIED 2013-2015 and DRGL 2015). Her current work at SPRU examines the expectations and visions behind the UK smart meter rollout (CIED 2015-now). Since 2015, she has also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Technology and Society (ZTG), Technical University of Berlin, where she investigates the activities of eco-villages and low carbon municipalities (COSIMA 2015-now). In addition, Sabine has been co-teaching a course on ‘Ecology and Design’ at Goldsmiths College, London (2014-2015).

Prior to joining SPRU, Sabine completed a EPSRC funded PhD in Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, drawing on social practice theory to examine hair care routines in relation to sustainable design/consumption ideas and before that, she completed a BA (Hons) in Eco-Design at Goldsmiths College, London, and worked for design studios (such as the Thomas Heatherwick Studio) and research units. 


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