Dr. Conrad Kunze

Photo_Conrad_Kunze schwarzweiß


Ihnestraße 22
Room 3.4
14195 Berlin

Conrad Kunze has been a visiting scholar at the FFU since 2017. He studied history and sociology in Granada and Halle. In 2011 he completed his dissertation at the Technical University of Cottbus on the regional political implementation of renewable energy projects in rural areas. Professor Kunze taught environmental sociology in Jena, Cottbus and Freiburg and worked on the “Energy Land Use” project at the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig.

Office Hours:

Monday 14:30 - 16:00

During semester break office hours by appointment only

Ihnestraße 22, Room 3.4


Research Focus:

  • Grassroots Initiatives and the Energiewende
  • Transition Theory
  • Environmental Movements
  • Political Ecology
  • Critical Theory



  • Kunze, Conrad; Hertel, Mareen (2017): Tiefe Geothermie – Proteste statt Beteiligung; in: Handbuch Energiewende & Partizipation, Springer, p. 665 – 682.
  • Kunze, Conrad, Hertel, Mareen; (2017): Contested deep geothermal energy in Germany—The emergence of an environmental protest movement, In: Energy Research & Social Science 27 (2017) 174–180.
  • Vancea, Mihaela, Becker, Sören, Kunze, Conrad; (2017): Community Energy as an emergent research topic in Social Entrepreneurship, In: Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Becker, Sören; Blanchet, Thomas; Kunze, Conrad (2016): Social movements and urban energy policy: Assessing contexts, agency and outcomes of remunicipalisation processes in Hamburg and Berlin, Special Issue of Leibnitz Association of Energy Research: The German Energiewende, In: Utility Policy.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Becker, Sören (2015): Collective Ownership in Renewable Energy and Opportunities for Sustainable Degrowth. Special Issue edition from Allier-Martínez, Joan et al. In: Sustainability Science.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Zorn, Anika (2/2016): Die Braunkohle ein regionaler „Ressourcenfluch“ in Deutschland?, In: Politische Ökologie, 1/2016.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Hertel, Mareen (2015): Tiefe Geothermie –von hohen Erwartungen zur Risikotechnologie, In: Gaia 3/2015.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Lehmann, Paul (2015): The Energiewende has no dark side: it did not lead to more coal use and higher CO2 emissions, online publication at www.energypost.eu.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Becker, Sören (2015): Wege der Energiedemokratie:emanzipatorische Energiewenden in Europa, Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart.
  • Bock und Polach, Carlotta von; Kunze, Conrad; Grundmann, Philipp; Maaß, Oliver (2015): The Contribution of Networks and Cooperation for the Agricultural Bioenergy Production – a Case Study on Bioenergy villages in Brandenburg – Germany. In: Energy Research and Social Science.
  • Becker, Sören; Kunze, Conrad (2014): Transcending community energy: Collective and Politically motivated Projects in Renewable Energy (CPE) across Europe, In: People Place and Policy, Sheffield University.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Becker, Sören (2014): Energy Democracy in Europe. Brussels, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, published as booklet and online.
  • Kunze, Conrad (2014): Towards a Synthesis: An Analytical Framework for the Evaluation of Community Energy in the Countryside. Working-Paper Series of the Chair for Environmental Problems in the Social Sciences, BTU Cottbus.
  • Kunze, Conrad (2013): Die Energiewende und ihre geographische Diffusion, In: Gailing, Ludger; Leibenath, Markus (eds): Neue Energielandschaften – neue Perspektiven der Landschaftsforschung. Wiesbaden, Springer, Springer Verlag, pp. 33-43.
  • Kunze, Conrad (2012): Soziologie der Energiewende: Erneuerbare Energien und die Transition des ländlichen Raums. Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart.
  • Kunze, Conrad; Busch, Henner (2011): The Social Complexity of Renewable Energy Production in the Countryside. In: Electronic Green Journal (1) 2011, p. 1-18.
  • Schluchter, Wolf; Kunze, Conrad (2010): Umweltbewusstsein an der BTU Cottbus 2009. TU-Cottbus 2010.