Melanie Jaeger-Erben

Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben

Since June 2019 I am Professor for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics at TU Berlin. Melanie Jaeger-Erben

Since July 2016 I have the pleasure to co-lead the research group “Obsolescence as a challenge for Sustainable Consumption – Causes and Alternatives”. I studied Psychology and Sociology in Germany and Sweden and completed my postgraduate studies in qualitative research methodologies at the University of Magdeburg. I finished my PhD in 2010 at the Technische Universität Berlin. The title of my thesis was “Between routines, reflection and transformation – the change of everyday consumption through life events”. Since 2004 I was working as a researcher in Environmental Psychology and Sociology at different institutions. I was a guest researcher at the University of Idaho in Moscow, USA and the National University of Ireland in Galway and did extensive field research in rural Madagascar. From 2013 to 2016 I was part of the scientific staff for the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) where I co-authored among others the flagship report “Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities” from 2016. Since 2014 I am an associate of the Institute for Social Innovation Consulting (ISIconsult) where I supervise projects on the governance of social innovation for sustainability. I am a member of the board of the Institute for Social Innovation and of the Environmental Sociology Section at the German Sociological Association. I am also member of the knowledge-action-network “Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production” (working group on “Social Change Beyond Consumerism”) at Future Earth. My interest and expertise is mainly in the study of everyday life, social innovation, cultural change, sustainable consumption, material culture as well as practice theories.


Relevant publications (only English):

Jaeger-Erben, Melanie and Hipp, Tamina (2018). All the rage or take it easy – Expectations and experiences in the context of longevity in electronic devices.
Descriptive analysis of a representative online survey in Germany. Obsolescence Research Group (Ed.), OHA texts 1/2018.

John, R., Jaeger-Erben, M. and Rückert-John, J. (2016): Elusive Practices: Considerations on limits and possibilities of environmental policy for sustainable consumption. Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance. 26 (2): 129-140

Jaeger-Erben, M. and Rückert-John, J. (2015): Researching transitions to sustainable consumption: A practice-theory approach to innovation in consumption. In: Putting Sustainability into Practice: Advances and Applications of Social Practice Theories, Edited by Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie J. Cohen, and Naomi Krogman. Edward Elgar. pp. 159-184.

Jaeger-Erben, M., Rückert-John, J. and M. Schäfer (2015): ‘Sustainable consumption through social innovation: A typology of innovations for sustainable consumption practices.’ Journal of Cleaner Production, 108, 784-798.

Jaeger-Erben, M. & Offenberger, U. (2014): A Practice Theory Approach to Sustainable Consumption. GAIA 23, S1, 166 –174.

Schäfer, M., Jaeger-Erben, M. & Bamberg, S. (2012): Life Events as Windows of Opportunity for Changing Towards Sustainable Consumption Patterns? Journal of Consumer Policy. 35 (1), 65-84.

Jaeger-Erben, M. (2013): Everyday life in transition: Biographical Research and Sustainability. In: H.Rau & F. Fahy (Hrsg.), Methods of Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences. London: Sage (155-172).