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Julia Federer


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Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D-79106 Freiburg

Telephone: +49 761 203 54050






In short


Julia joined the Chair of Environmental Governance in March 2017 as a research associate and is interested in market sociology, sensemaking and sustainability governance. Previously, she studied business management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and at The Hague University, conducted her master thesis research in Dublin, Ireland and holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in “Sustainability Economics and Management” from the University of Oldenburg. In her PhD project, she builds on several approaches in the sociology of markets and on social science methodologies in order to understand how actor’s perceptions of markets shape the development of existing markets in the bio-economy, with a specific focus on biogas technology market in Germany. 

Research Interests   |   Professional Experience   |   Education  |  Scientific Work  |  Honors and Awards


Research Interests 


  • Sustainability Management and Controlling  
  • Market networks in the bioeconomy
  • Existing bio-economic value chains
  • Sustainability Transitions


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Professional Experience 

Since 03/2017

  • Researcher at the Chair of Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg


10/2016 – 02/2017

  • Trainee Sustainability Consultant, Stakeholder Reporting GmbH, Hamburg


03/2014 – 09/2014

  • Work placement in the area of Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, St. Enda’s Primary School Dublin, Ireland


10/2009 – 09/2012

  • Dual student, Goldbeck Gebäudemanagement GmbH, Bielefeld


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2012 – 2015

  • MA Sustainability Economics and Management, University of Oldenburg


2011 – 2012

  • Semester abroad at De Haagse Hogeschool, The Hague, the Netherlands


2009 – 2012

  • BA Business Administration, Berlin School of Economics and Law


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Scientific Work


  • Schanz, H., Federer, J., & Wilczynski, M. (2019). Markets as leverage points for transformations of economic systems: The example of the German bioeconomy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Advance online publication.
  • Bonneau, A., Wilczynski, M., Federer, J., & Schanz, H. (2018). “Knowing the facility first” – Analysing environmentally relevant structures and processes in hospitals: A case study. Journal of Hospital Administration, 7(5), 28-40. doi:10.5430/jha.v7n5p28
  • Wilczynski, M.; Federer, J.; Schanz, H. (2017): Market actor networks in bioeconomic value chains, Poster at the "2nd International Bioeconomy Congress" in Hohenheim, September 2017
  • Federer, J.; Wilczynski, M.; Schanz, H. (2017): Key Markets within the German Bioeconomy, Poster at the "2nd International BioSC Symposium: Towards an integrated bioeconomy" in Cologne, November 2017


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Honors and Awards


  • Honors of the Summer School Utrecht (Frontiers in Innovation Systems: Measuring and Modelling Dynamics in Innovation Systems) by the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg im Breisgau


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