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Alexandra Krumm was born on 20.08.1992 in Berlin.
Alexandra studied Master Industrial Engineering majoring in Energy and Resource Management at the Technical University of Berlin, where she also completed her Bachelor's degree. In her studies, she dealt with both technical and economic aspects of the energy system transformation in Germany and on an international level. Her master's thesis dealed with modelling the transformation of the energy system in India, South Africa, and Colombia, including socioeconomic aspects. As part of her studies, Alexandra completed a semester abroad at İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi in Turkey and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India. She gained practical experience as a working student at the German Energy Agency (dena), the German Association for International Cooperation (giz), and the Reiner Lemoine Institute.
Climate change and the associated environmental impacts such as drought, rising sea levels, and record temperatures are among the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The transformation of the energy systems has long since developed from a primarily technical challenge to a challenge for society as a whole. The decentralised generation structure of renewable energies offers both opportunities and challenges.. The design of the state-induced taxes and duties, which for the most part are not socially fair, hinders the acceptance of the public for the energy system transformation. However, both the acceptance and the participation are particularly important for the energy system transformation. Renewable energies have been greatly expanded, especially through citizens' energy projects. However, the historically evolved central structures of the energy market and regulations hinder the full development of citizen's energy and the design of a socially just energy system transformation.
Against this background, the PhD project deals with the social aspects of the energy system transformation in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Infrastructure Policy at the Technische Universität Berlin. This includes aspects of the design of a socially just transformation of the energy system, the role of actors in the transformation process, and social participation. The aim of the PhD project is to analyse the role and activation effects of the population in the transformation process and to deduce obstacles to participation both on the market economy level and on the regulatory level using qualitative methods. The knowledge gained should serve to shape the transformation of the energy system in a socially just manner and to promote participation.