Dr. Elisabeth Süßbauer
Technical University of Berlin
As leader of the junior research group I am responsible for the interdisciplinary integration of knowledge: How can our findings be integrated into systemic solution proposals? In my research I focus on cultural aspects of the consumption of packaging. I am interested in how and why dietary patterns changed so much that the consumption of packaging has crept into our daily lives.
Since 2015 I work at the Center for Technology and Society in the department of Land Use and Consumption Patterns. My research interests include sustainable practices of consumption, organisational change, innovation processes of sustainability and employee participation. Prior I worked at the Wuppertal Institute of Climate, Environment and Energy in various projects and wrote my dissertation at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research about discourses of climate change in urban planning.
As head of the Division of Circular Economy at Wuppertal Institute I am interested specifically in processes of transformation: Everyone aims at becoming a circular economy – but how do we get there? What form of research, what knowledge do we still lack to replace our linear system with a circular economy? To this end, I work in various projects on recycling approaches, re-use or digitization as a driver of the circular economy.
Sarah Julie Otto, M.Sc.
I completed my studies of “Environmental Technology” at the Technische Universität Berlin. During my studies, I was employed by Ökopol GmbH, the Öko-Institut and the Department of Circular Economy and Recycling Technology and worked in research projects concerning waste and environmental topics. Currently, I am a research associate at the Department of Circular Economy and Recycling Technology of the Technische Universität Berlin. In keeping with the motto “waste is my hobby”, I also work in the working group for waste and resource policy of the BUND Berlin and the Foodsharing Initiative.
Before the start of PuR I worked in different associations (SV-Bildungswerk, Berlin, kiekare, Guadalajara) on the topics of consumption reduction and climate protection.
I enjoy spending my free time in the vegetable garden, participating in the Foodsharing Initiative and, as a member of Wandelwerk, giving workshops in which we develop and impart psychological knowledge for active environmental protection.
Jennifer Schinkel, M.A.
I am a research associate at the Division of Circular Economy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. With my work in the junior research group, I am following up on my previous research on waste prevention policy. In it, I have dealt with the reduction of food waste and the evaluation and development of indicators for waste prevention. Previously, I completed a “Volunteer Ecological Year” and then studied Political Science, Scandinavian Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bonn.
After completing my studies of Environmental Technology at the TU Berlin with a Master of Science (M.Sc.), I worked for a non-profit organization in environmental management in South Africa as part of the developmental voluntary service “Weltwärts”. Subsequently, I worked in the field of national and international sustainability reporting at the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). I work as a research associate at the chair of Sustainable Engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin.
Rabea-Lorina Dehning, M.A.
In my function as research assistant, I support the junior research group PuR as a whole, as well as the researchers individually with organization and research. I am responsible for public relations and event planning. As a cultural scholar, I am particularly interested in the relationship between humans and technology in everyday life and the practices that connect them. In practical terms, I am also interested in how solutions for waste prevention can be integrated into everyday life.
Since 2016, I work at the Center for Technology and Society, first as a student assistant, now as a research assistant.
I study Sociology and Political Science at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and work since June 2019 at the Center for Technology and Society. My studies focus on qualitative social research, sociological theory and discourse analysis.