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Prof Karoline Rogge

Post:Professor of Sustainability Innovation and Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Senior Lecturer (The Sussex Energy Group)
Personal homepage:Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Innovation and Policy, SPRU, University of Sussex

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UK:01273 873582
International:+44 1273 873582

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Karoline Rogge is Professor of Sustainability Innovation and Policy and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Karoline joined SPRU in November 2013 from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she has been working on energy and climate policy since 2004 and continues to be affiliated with as senior researcher - and since July 2019 as Deputy Head of the Competence Center Policy & Society. Since 2016 she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Karoline's  interdisciplinary research combines insights from economics, innovation/ transition studies and political science to investigate the interplay between policy and innovation, with a focus on the energy and mobility sectors. Karoline's research ranges from evaluating the innovation impact of single policy instruments, such as the EU emissions trading system – the topic of her PhD at ETH Zurich – to analyzing the effects of comprehensive policy mixes for promoting the low carbon transition of the energy system. Regarding the latter, Karoline has led the GRETCHEN project (2012-15, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) investigating the influence of the policy mix for renewable energies on technological and structural change in Germany. Karoline has also contributed her policy mix expertise to the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) at the University of Sussex (2014-2019, funded by the RCUK Energy Programme), with a focus on combining innovation and transition studies with theories of the policy process. In addition, she was Fraunhofer ISI’s principal investigator of the European project PATHWAYS (2014-16, funded by EU FP7), which explored transitions pathways to sustainable, low carbon societies. Here, Karoline performed a multi-level analysis for the electricity sector in Germany, comparing it with the low-carbon energy transition in the UK. She was also involved in the ENavi Kopernikus project (2017-19, funded by BMBF) in which she surveyed low-carbon managerial decision-making in Germany's energy intensive industries.

Currently, Karoline is investigating industrial policy and institutional change in the context of smart energy transitions within the SET project (2015-2020, funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council), comparing Denmark, UK and Germany. In June 2019 she started a new 3-year project on social innovation in energy transitions (SONNET, 2019-2021, funded by EU Horizon 2020), in which she leads a consortium of 13 European partners, six of them cities - among them Bristol in the UK and Mannheim in Germany - and acts as work package leader of the socio-political aspects associated with accelerating low-carbon energy transitions.

Starting in June 2020 Karoline will focus on the acceleration of sustainable energy-mobility transitions in her new 5-year project EMPOCI (2020-2025, funded by the European Research Council). Together with a research fellow and 2 PhD students - all three currently being hired - she will be investigating regional and national policy mixes in the fields of climate and industrial policy in the increasingly interconnected electricity-mobility-ICT systems (in the UK, Germany, China and USA) and how these shape - and are shaped - by low-carbon innovations of multiple actors from business, policy, academia and society, with a special focus on the role of coalitions, transformative capacities and global dynamics. 

Karoline has been involved in advising policy makers in Germany, Luxembourg, China, the UK and the EU on climate policy and innovation. Prior to joining academia she has worked as consultant to the OECD and the World Bank, and before that did internships with the city administration of Berlin, the German Environmental Protection Agency, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and Siemens Medical.

Karoline did her postgraduate studies in innovation studies (ETH Zurich), her graduate studies in environmental and ecological economics (University of Heidelberg, University of Maryland) and her undergraduate studies in geo-ecology and business administration (TU Bergakademie Freiberg).



Professor of Sustainability Innovation and Policy

Co-Director Sussex Energy Group

Deputy Course Director MSc in Energy Policy (online)