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I am a sustainability transition scholar with over 20 years international experience. I contribute to theory development on: socio-technical system innovation, governance, sustainable development and innovation. I study novel ways of organising systems through new market models (e.g. P2P) and new institutional arrangements. In that work I unpack upscaling, experimentation by communities, co-creation and new business models. My empirical domains are (smart) energy and mobility and I sympathise with cities’ agendas. I study renewables and new, multi-system technologies such as blockchain. The geographical scope of my work covers Europe and Global South (Asia, India, Thailand). I use transitions as my home discipline from where I take trans-disciplinary ‘detours’ to other fields.

Being driven by the urgent need to act on sustainability, I regularly engage with practical contexts and I aim to do research that matters. My research is funded by NWO, EU, APN, NRC, DFG and Dutch Ministries. Currently I am a project leader of a € 7.1m Interreg NWE project on community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP). The project considers most effective ways to scale-up community energy initiatives and has recently won the EU Citizens Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation. I also lead an NWO-funded ORAKLE project on organising learning and knowledge for energy transition in the Province of North Brabant.

I am a regular guest speaker, guest editor, reviewer and I publish in leading journals. From 2017 I am an Associate Editor of Urban Transformations journal.

Academic background

My background is in innovation sciences. As part of my PhD, I studied European renewable energy from the Technological Innovation System (TIS) perspective at Innovation Studies Group of Utrecht University. This work contributed to the conceptualisation of systemic innovation problems and instruments, and the spatial expansion of the TIS framework.

In paralel I conducted research on sustainability transitions at the Institute for Environmental Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (IVM-VU). My involvement with this field started in 1999 when I became an executive officer of the Industrial Transformation Science Project of the International Human Dimension Program (IHDP), a position I held until 2011. Within that task, I facilitated research on applying insights from the emerging stream of system innovation in the context of analyzing economic and environmental transitions occurring in developing Asia. This work facilitated translation of the novel, though very western, insights about systemic change to other socio-economic and geographical conditions. 

Through this research I became a founding and Steering Group member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). In 2015 I established a Global South, and in 2018, a Brazilian chapter of the STRN. In 2010-2017, on behalf of STRN, I have co-developed and implemented a series of challende-based professional trainings for entrepreneurs in sustainability transitions for Climate KIC and InnoEnergy KIC.

External positions

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

19992016

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Research Output

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The promise of peer-to-peer trading? The potential impact of blockchain on the actor configuration in the Dutch electricity system

    Buth, M. C., Wieczorek, A. J. & Verbong, G. P. J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 53, p. 194-205 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    The role of users in sustainable innovation

    Verbong, G. P. J., Verhees, B. & Wieczorek, A. J., 2019, Handbook of sustainable innovation. Boons, F. & McMeekin, A. (eds.). Edward Elgar, p. 238-251

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

    Best Teacher Award 1st year Bachelor Sustainable Innovation

    Anna Wieczorek (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Best Teacher Award Bachelor Sustainable Innovation

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: TU/eOtherScientific

    Nominee Best Teacher at TU/e

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), 27 Sep 2019

    Prize: TU/eOtherScientific

    Visiting professor at UFG Brazil

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), 15 Aug 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Nominee European Sustainable Energy Award for cVPP innovation

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), Luc F.M. van Summeren (Recipient), Geert P.J. Verbong (Recipient) & Aleid C. Groenewoudt (Recipient), Jun 2020

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Activities

    Current developments in the community energy: cVPP and the MoRe model

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Invited speaker)
    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    ENERGY COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING THE ENERGY TRANSITION

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    24 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Interactive Sessions - Community-based Virtual Power Plant

    Luc F.M. van Summeren (Organiser), Sylvia C. Breukers (Organiser), Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    26 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    Interactive Sessions - Community-based Virtual Power Plant

    Luc F.M. van Summeren (Organiser), Sylvia C. Breukers (Organiser), Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    19 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    Interactive Sessions - Community-based Virtual Power Plant

    Luc F.M. van Summeren (Organiser), Sylvia C. Breukers (Organiser), Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    12 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    Press / Media

    Interreg en de Nederlandse Klimaatakkoord

    A.J. Wieczorek

    30/01/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Technology alone is not enough

    Anna J. Wieczorek

    31/10/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Community-based Virtual Power Plant

    Anna J. Wieczorek

    15/04/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Aggregators and flexibility in the Dutch electricity system

    Author: Juffermans, J., 21 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Verbong, G. (Supervisor 1), Wieczorek, A. (Supervisor 2) & Nguyen, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Blockchain technology for peer-to-peer trading in the Dutch electricity system: from hype to reality

    Author: Buth, M., 31 May 2018

    Supervisor: Wieczorek, A. (Supervisor 1), Verbong, G. (Supervisor 2) & Sadowski, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Community based Virtual Power Plants: Aligning technical functions with social motivations

    Author: Murali, S. & Wieczorek, A., 4 Jul 2018

    Supervisor: Wieczorek, A. (Supervisor 1) & Verbong, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Don't follow the recipe: the design of policy instruments to stimulate energy innovation within differing institutional contexts

    Author: Broek van den, S., 31 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Wieczorek, A. (Supervisor 1) & Alkemade, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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