Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Paula Maria Bögel

Postdoctoral researcher; YIG Prep Pro (Young Investigator Group Preparation Program) Fellow

Research Group Sustainability and Societal Transformation

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Mail: paula.boegel@kit.edu


Research topic: Actors in sustainability transitions

With a sustainable development being the key motivation for my work, my research focuses on understanding the role of individual and collective actors in sustainability transitions. My work aims to support an actor-centric approach to sustainability transitions that empowers people in their capacity to act for sustainability transitions. My inter- and transdisciplinary research on actors in sustainability transitions – be it individual actors such as managers, consumers, politicians, employees, citizens or collective actors such as companies – helps to understand why actors react in the way they do and how these behaviours can be transformed in participatory processes to achieve a sustainable development. For this purpose, it develops in transdisciplinary project settings multi-disciplinary, multi-scale frameworks through interdisciplinary theory development, which is, in turn, enabled by (mixed methods) methodological innovation.

Methods: qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, storytelling, case studies), quantitative methods (experiments, surveys), mixed methods, transdisciplinary research

Theory: interdisciplinary research profile, especially connecting theories from business studies (esp. management and marketing), psychology (esp. social and organisational psychology), social sciences (e.g. sociology) and transition research

Professional Experience

since 09/2019Fellowship Young Investigator Group Preparation Program (YIG Prep Pro), Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (KIT), Institute for Technology Assesment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
05/2018 – 08/2019Senior researcher, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (until 01/2019), and Postdoc, Chair of Human Behaviour & Sustainable Development, Institute of Sustainability and Environmental Communication, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
02/2018 – 04/20183-month research stay, Research group on Urban Analytics and Transitions, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
08/2016 – 12/2016Research assistant, third-party funded project: Simulation-based measurement and validation of a competence model for sustainability management, Georg-August University Göttingen
04/2016Research stay at the Catholic University Croatia, Zagreb
09/2012 – 07/2016Research assistant, Chair of Communication & PR, Institute of Corporate Development, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
2008 – 2012Verschiedene Praktika und Stipendien (u.a. Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Hamburg; PWS Wollsching-Strobel Management GmbH, Frankfurt am Main; Volkswagen, Wolfsburg; Nimrod Förlag, Schweden)

Education

09/2012 – 06/2012PhD student, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Topic: Consumer-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Communication for Business and Society – Understanding Consumers’ Processing and Evaluation of CSR Communication in the Fashion Industry and Their Implications [based on socio-psychological theories; using both qualitative and quantitative empirical studies]
10/2010 – 8/2012M.A. Management & Marketing, Leuphana University
10/2006 – 08/2009B.Sc. Business Psychology, Leuphana University
05/2008 – 03/2009Training in Systemic Coaching, dr. alexander et kreutzer GbR

Awards

since 07/2019Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership, Robert Bosch Foundation
03/2018Nomination EMAC 2018 Susan Douglas Award (International Marketing)
09/2017Best paper award, Contribution to Practice, 4th International CSR Communication Conference, Vienna
11/2015Young researcher award, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Business and Economics 
09/2015Best presentation award, 3rd International CSR Communication Conference, Ljubljana
11/2014Young researcher award, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Business and Economics 

Third-party funding and scholarships

Third-party funding (PI/Co-applicant)

Volkswagen FoundationTitle: Dual Mode Participation – Window of Opportunity for Inclusive Real-World Labs (DuPa); status: granted; role: lead applicant and PI
MWKTitle: Karlsruher Reallabor Nachhaltiger Klimaschutz (KARLA); status: granted; role: co-applicant
Robert Bosch FoundationTitle: Interdisciplinary understandings of scales and scaling in urban transitions – a review and discussion on implications for impact logics (InterScale)
status: granted, project started in March 2020; role: co-applicant
KIT/MWKYoung Investigator Group Preparation program, title of project: Socio-technical energy transitions and behaviour: linking micro and macro level perspectives; role: lead applicant and PI
Formas (Swedish Research Council)Title: Connect to transform: Enabling transitions via quadruple helix co-creation;
status: granted, project started in February 2019 (until December 2021); role: co-applicant and PI at KIT

Third-party funded projects (Employment)

2018Horizon 2020 project Integrid, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
2016BMBF-funded project Ko-NaMa: Simulation-based measurement and validation of a competence model for sustainability management, Georg-August University Göttingen

Reviewer for international, peer-reviewed journals

  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
  • Journal of Global Responsibility
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Corporate Communications: An International Journal
  • Energy Research & Social Sciences
  • Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Committee work

since 2020Gender and Diversity Representative of the research group Sustainability and Societal Transformation at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (KIT)
since 2021Member of the Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) network
2016Appointment committee for a marketing junior professorship at Leuphana University of Lüneburg
2014-2016Member of the Institutional board (Institute for Corporate Development) at Leuphana University Lüneburg

Teaching

During my work as a research assistant as well as a visiting researcher, I developed and delivered 14 lectures, seminars, guest lectures and inter- and transdisciplinary project courses in Germany and abroad. The lectures were presented in either German or English and covered topics such as research methods, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable consumption and socio-technical transitions. An overview on my teaching is shown below.

In addition, I supervised more than 30 Bachelor and Master’s theses. I also assisted with the supervision of PhD students at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. At KTH, I am currently the second supervisor for a PhD on energy behavior.

Summer Semester 2019Transdisciplinary project course: Connect to Transform: Understanding Commercial-Public-Civil Society Collaborations for Sustainable Energy and Mobility Transitions, team teaching with Prof. Paul Upham, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Summer Semester 2018Transdisciplinary project course: Sustainable Consumption Part I, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Guest lectures for the course: Transdisciplinary Approaches for System Innovations, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
Gastvortrag für den Kurs ‚Customer Engagement in Energy Storage in Sweden and Portugal‘: Konsument*innenverhalten und Kommunikation, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg
Winter Semester 2017/18Transdisciplinary project course Sustainable Consumption Part II, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Corporate Responsibility Communication, seminar, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Summer Semester 2017Transdisciplinary project course: Sustainable Consumption Part I, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Summer Semester 2016Bachelor Colloquium, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Guest lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Consumption, Catholic University Croatia, Zagreb
Guest lecture on Qualitative Research Methods as a visiting lecturer at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
Winter Semester 2015/16Online CSR Communication research seminar for Master’s students (Management & Marketing) in cooperation with Volkswagen and the sustainability consultancy akzente, team teaching with Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Summer Semester 2015Communication and Media, case study seminar, Leuphana University
Guest lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility Communication for the course: Introduction to Sustainability Communication, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Social Psychology and Sustainability, interdisciplinary seminar, team teaching with Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Plewig and Prof. Dr. Roman Trötschel, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Winter Semester 2014/15Corporate Responsibility Communication, seminar, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Sommersemester 2014Corporate Responsibility Communication, seminar, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Winter Semester 2013/14Too Good to be True? Social Desirability Bias in Audience Development Studies, interdisciplinary seminar, team teaching with Dr. Andreas Heinen, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Truth and Fabrication – The Problem of Social Desirability Bias in Surveys, interdisciplinary seminar, team teaching with Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Summer Semester 2013Corporate Responsibility Communication, seminar, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Teaching Certificate Program

To further my own development as a lecturer, I took part in the teaching certificate program at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. The program consists of eight workshops (two days each) that cover the basics of teaching and also include specialized courses on innovation in teaching and research-oriented teaching. A list of all the courses in shown below. 

CourseWork Units
(0) Introduction4
(1) Potential analysis12
(2) Lecture, teach, study16
(3) Assessment I8
(4) Assessment II8
(5) Innovate teaching16
(6) Advise and supervise16
(7) Collegial consultation4
(8) Evaluation and feedback16
(9) Research and study16
Additional courses
(12) Teaching portfolio4

Additional Activities

In addition to the certificate program, I regularly attend workshops, seminars and talks about teaching (e.g. on Liberal Arts Education; method teaching), especially with regard to interdisciplinary and research-based teaching. Team teaching, my role as a supervisor and feedback from students all provide me with further significant input that helps me to improve as a lecturer and gives me the opportunity to try out new teaching methods, evaluation techniques and assessment tools. I am always eager to new learn new things and it is this enthusiasm for learning and self-development that I want to share with my students.

To further develop research-based teaching concepts, I have been active in lecturer meetings at Leuphana University Lüneburg with regard to the project courses of the Sustainable Development minor. These meetings usually take place twice each semester and give lecturers the opportunity to share their experiences with this teaching format, pool expert input (e.g. from the didactics’ center) and discuss the development of joint modules for courses (e.g. joint method input) as well as the general development of course programs, e.g. assignments.