Melanie Jaeger-Erben and OHA win the Research Award “Transformative Science”

The Research Award “Transformative Science” of the Wuppertal Institute and the Zempelin Foundation in the Stifterverband is awarded for the third time in 2019. This year, Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, head of the junior research group OHA and the Chair “Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics” at the TU Berlin, awarded the prize endowed with 25,000 euros. In particular, the jury emphasized her transdisciplinary profile and her scientific work at the interface of politics and society. Special emphasis was placed on the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work of the junior research group OHA.

More about the price in the press release of the Wuppertal Institute

An article about Melanie Jaeger-Erben in the DUZ – Deutsche Universitätszeitung

New publication: From Take-Make-Dispose to a Circular Society – Introduction of a new vision in six propositions

A new image brochure by the Obsolescence research group introduces the Circular Society: A holistic and sustainable vision of an economy that creates a balance between the eco-, the techno- and the sociosphere. Six propositions and accompanying images present the ideas of the research group for a transformation path that overcomes the self-desctructive metabolism of today’s systems of consumption and production.

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New article: Interdisciplinary Perspective on Modular Smartphones and their Life Cycle Assessment


Modular electronic products are often referred to as a strategy to promote long service lives, greater product commitment, and lower resource consumption. The article by Marina Proske and Melanie Jaeger-Erben in the “Journal of Cleaner Production” uses the example of a smartphone to look at various potential modularity concepts at a glance: their functionalities, their influGo to journal home page - Journal of Cleaner Productionence on the human-object relationship and their LCA. It combines engineering and social science perspectives.

The contribution can be downloaded here until 8 May free of charge.

Proske/ Jaeger-Erben (2019). Decreasing obsolescence with modular smartphones? – An interdisciplinary perspective on lifecycles, Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 223, Pages 57-66,

OHA at the PLATE 2017 in Delft

OHA at the PLATE 2017 in Delft


From the 8th -10th of November, the second conference “Product Lifetimes and The Environment” (PLATE), took place at the TU Delft. The junior research group OHA was strongly represented, with, inter alia, several presentations.

The Conference-Proceedings contain the following publications on OHA research:

Florian Hofmann, Max Marwede, Nils Nissen und Klaus-Dieter Lang: Circular added value: business model design in the circular economy.

Melanie Jaeger-Erben und Marina Proske: What’s hot what’s not: the social construction of product obsolescence and its relevance for strategies to increase functionality.

Furthermore, in occasion of the “Disruptive Innovation Festival” hosted by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, the interview session “Ever-faster-ever shorter? Is planned obsolescence real?” was recorded with the participation of the OHA member Melanie Jaeger-Erben (minute 11:07).

We are glad that the PLATE 2019 will take place in Berlin. The event will be hosted by the Fraunhofer IZM in cooperation with the TU Berlin and strong support from OHA.

Durability is more important that innovation – first results of our online survey

Durability is more important that innovation

The majority of the German population assesses stability, durability and robustness in electronic devices as more important than new product versions and functional updates. This was confirmed by our representative online survey including 2.000 participants aged between 14 and 66, conducted in July and August 2017. As a part of the study, we examined expectations and experiences with usage and lifetimes of electronic products focusing smartphones and washing machines.


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