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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Kirsten Hasberg

Visiting Researcher
Power struggles on the blockchain


  • Local energy markets, energy democracy and the transition to 100 % renewable en-ergy systems
  • Digital transformation (in particular, blockchain technology)
  • Taking up new disciplines and developing a transdisciplinary mindset, currently mostly focused on economic sociology and ethnographic methods


“Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania, and the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy.” Hermann Scheer

Kirsten Hasberg is a PhD fellow at Aalborg University Copenhagen, where she focuses on institutional and regulatory aspects of blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer electricity markets in “The Energy Collective” research project. She holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and has 10 years of experience in the Danish and German energy industry, including previous research projects on market design for 100 % renewable energy systems. She has taught energy economics at the University of Kassel, Germany, sustainable development at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad and Digital Technology and New Business Models at the IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kirsten was a visiting researcher at IRI THESys, aiming to gain interdisciplinary inspiration for her PhD project focused on the emergence of blockchain technology on the energy scene.

Selected publications

Contributing author: Policies for a transition to 100% renewable energy systems in Denmark before 2050. Link 

The role of discounting in socio-economic analysis and CO2 damage cost estimation. An analysis of the socio-economic approach with the Energy plan 2030 of the Danish Engineers’ Association as a case in the light of climate change. Link