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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Conceptualizing the spatial dimensions in low-carbon energy transitions

Itzell Torres is a Doctoral Researcher at the IRI THESys at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her main research interests are global energy transitions, socio-technical systems and energy governance


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This research project aims to conceptualize the spatial dimension in low-carbon energy transitions. The project will combine empirical research with the experience found in the literature from Germany’s Energy transition. It will use case studies, spatial analysis, policy analysis, interviews and focus groups as research methods within a comparative approach in order to answer the following research questions:

  • How are energy transitions impacting and/or reconfiguring national, regional, and international relationships?
  • How are energy transition impacting and/or reconfiguring urban and rural relationships?
  • What is the scalar balance between megaprojects and micro projects of transition?
  • What socio-material tensions arise around the distribution patterns of consumption and production?
  • What alternatives to the grid and decentralised production emerge?

In addressing these questions, the project seeks to contribute to the lead project ‘Electric futures: A global research grid for the ethnography of the energy transition’ led by the IRI THESys at Humboldt University Berlin.


Itzell is a Doctoral Researcher at the IRI THESys. She holds an MSc in Energy and Society from Durham University, UK. In Mexico, she worked and volunteered in various organizations promoting human rights, environmental protection and social development.


Photo: Itzell Torres


Itzell Torres , Doctoral Researcher
THESys Graduate Program
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 2093 46329
E-Mail: torresit@hu-berlin.de