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Johanna Höffken is an Assistant Professor in the group Technology, Innovation and Society at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include development studies, sociology, science and technology studies and sustainable energy.  

Johanna is interested in the notion of responsible innovation in and for a global context. She follows this interest both in her research and in her teaching activities. Her current research, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) – Responsible Innovation call, includes ethnographic studies in India, where she studies the development and implementation of smart grids in rural areas. In a collaboration with Signify, Johanna is involved in a performance study on solar-based energy solutions in Ghana and Kenya. Other lines of Johanna’s research revolve around the issue of urbanization, especially the notion of ‘smart cities’, and how this takes shape in Asia. Responsible value proposition development is another of her research topics, which she carries out in collaboration with colleagues from ITEM.

Academic background

Johanna Höffken holds an MSc of International Relations from Dresden University of Technology as well as a Master Degree in Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University. She received her PhD at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University in 2012, where she finished her dissertation “Power to the People? Civic Engagement with Small-scale Hydroelectric Plants in India”. During her time as PhD candidate she had the privilege to participate as fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University.  

Johanna also holds an MA in International Relations from Dresden University of Technology and an MA in European Programme on Science and Technology (ESST) from Maastricht University, after which she worked temporarily for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Provincial Government. Johanna joined TU/e in 2012 as a lecturer and became an Assistant Professor in 2015.

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Projects 2015 2020

Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India

Spahn, A., Höffken, J., Kumar, A., Gerrits, E., Jansen, R., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.

1/05/1531/01/20

Project: Research direct

Research Output 2014 2019

Collective energy practices: A practice-based approach to civic energy communities and the energy system

Verkade, N. & Höffken, J., 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 11, 15 p., 3230

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
energy
community
commercial activity
renewable energy
qualitative analysis

Smart and eco-cities in India and China

Höffken, J. & Limmers, A., 13 Jun 2019, In : Local Environment. 24, 7, p. 646-661 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
civilization
India
China
transform
modernity

Looking for perspectives! EU energy policy in context

Åberg, A., Höffken, J. I. & Lidström, S., 23 Aug 2018, Advancing energy policy: lessons on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities. Foulds, C. & Robinson, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 47-59 13 p.

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

Open Access
File
Energy policy
energy policy
EU
energy
Carbon
2 Citations (Scopus)

The design and development of domestic smart grid interventions: insights from the Netherlands

Verkade, N. & Höffken, J. I., 20 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 202, p. 799-805 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

energy
The Netherlands
Grid
Design and development
smart grid

Prizes

Best Teacher Award Bachelor Program Sustainable Innovation, 15/16

Johanna Höffken (Recipient), 2017

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

Best Teacher Award Bachelor Program Sustainable Innovation, 1st year, 13/14

Johanna Höffken (Recipient), 2015

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

Best Teacher Award Bachelor Program Sustainable Innovation 13/14

Johanna Höffken (Recipient), 2015

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

Best Teacher Award Bachelor Sustainable Innovation, 1st year, 16/17

Johanna Höffken (Recipient), 2018

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

Nominated for Best Teacher Award of TU/e

Johanna Höffken (Recipient), 2015

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

teacher

Student theses

An energy network of local energy suppliers in rural India: improving the Rural Spark energy kit on technical and social-economic aspects

Author: Randjiet-Singh, C., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Nelissen, E. (Supervisor 1), Boxem, G. (Supervisor 2), Höffken, J. (Supervisor 2) & Mertens, E. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

File

Buying into the Kenyan solar market: exploring user perspectives on investing in solar electricity

Author: Hoefsloot, E., 30 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Höffken, J. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2) & Schipper, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

Energy access for enterprises in developing countries: exploring the role for renewable energy technologies to address the energy issues in Kenya

Author: Bijvoet, J., 29 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Höffken, J. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2) & Kumar, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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