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Dr. Bleta Arifi

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Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg
Tennenbacher Straße 4
D-79106 Freiburg


Room No. 04047
Telephone: +49 761 203 67942

Research Interests | Professional Experience | Education | Teaching | Publications


Research interests


Bleta is an environmental social scientist with a background in philology and environmental governance. Her research interests include:

  • Energy policy and politics

  • Transformation of energy systems

  • Energy Justice

  • Environmental and energy governmentality

  • Environmental Movements

  • Environmental conflicts

  • Methods of qualitative research


Research projects

ReSET - Reconfiguring Energy for Social Equity“ (External Project Webpage)


Professional Experience


Since August 2020

  • Chair of Sustainability Governance, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Postdoctoral Researcher in the research project „ReSET - Reconfiguring Energy for Social Equity“


Since February 2019

  • Chair of Sustainability Governance, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg



Since November 2014

  • Centre for Renewable Energy, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Researcher/Doctoral candidate at the interdisciplinary cooperative graduate school Decentralized Sustainable Energy Systems

Dissertation title: "Objects and subjects of dissent: Analysing opposition to wind and coal-based energy infrastructures in Germany and Kosovo"


April 2013- October 2014

  • Chair of Environmental Governance, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Module Coordinator for the Master of Environmental Governance Programme and Junior Researcher


August 2007-September 2010

  • Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Kosovo

Project Assistant and Local Expert in projects on the reform of the Kosovan Vocational Education and Training System





  • M.Sc. in Environmental Governance at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg


2003 - 2007

  • B.A. in German Language and Literature at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo




  • Environmental Conflict Management and Participation
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Governance Research and Skills




  • Hoffman, J., Davies, M., Bauwens, T., Späth, P., Hajer, M.A., Arifi, B., Bazaz, A. and Swilling, M., 2021. Working to align energy transitions and social equity: An integrative framework linking institutional work, imaginaries and energy justice. Energy Research & Social Science, 82, p.102317.


  • Arifi, B. and Winkel, G., 2021. Wind energy counter-conducts in Germany: understanding a new wave of socio-environmental grassroots protest. Environmental Politics, 30(5), pp.811-832.


  • Arifi, B. and Späth, P., 2018. Sleeping on coal: Trajectories of promoting and opposing a lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo. Energy research & social science, 41, pp.118-127.


  • Arifi, B., Winkel, G. and Ruppert-Winkel, C., 2017. 9 Landscape Stewardship in Wind Energy Conflicts. The science and practice of landscape stewardship, pp.167-181.


  • Arifi, B., Shaw, B.J., Winkel, G. and Ruppert-Winkel, C., 2017. Case 8 The Simmern Solidarity Pact–Reconciling Income Imbalances Between Villages. The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship, pp.182-183.


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