Inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration is crucial to a systemic understanding of obsolescence as a sociotechnical phenomena. Therefore we collaborate with a great variety of partners from research, civil society, economy and politics.

A fundamental orientation for cooperation within the group as well as with partners is the principle of triangulation, both in terms of methods and perspectives. Accordingly, it is essential for the integral understanding of a research topic to look at it from several perspectives and to bring the perspectives together.

The partners of the junior research group come from civil society (such as consumer protection, initiatives for durable products, repair networks, environmental associations), business (both start-ups in the field of sustainable products and large companies in the electronics industry) and politics (environmental policy institutions). They are involved in the investigation of consumption patterns, the development of eco-innovative approaches in economy and the eco-reliability check as well as the design of transformations paths.

OHA is also supported by a transdisciplinary advisory board consisting of experts from science, politics and industry, which meets once a year. The members of the advisory board are (in alphabetical order)

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Brönnecke, Hochschule Pforzheim, Rechtswissenschaft
  • Philip Heldt, Verbraucherzentrale NRW
  • Dr. Ralph Hintemann, Borderstep Institut
  • Matthias Hüskens, IFixIt
  • Volker Korten, Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH
  • Dr. Jörg Longmuß, SUSTAINUM
  • Dr. Ines Oehme, Umweltbundesamt
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Rammert, TU Berlin, Techniksoziologie
  • Nina Tröger, Arbeiterkammer Wien
  • Prof. Dr. Heike Weber, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Technikkulturwissenschaft
  • Dr. Olaf Wittler, Fraunhofer IZM