Social Scientific Evaluation

The business unit Social Scientific Evaluation focuses on people with their social environment and their various roles in the energy system. Using empirical methods, the business unit investigates the behavioural patterns of selected actors with regard to investment decisions for energy efficiency measures and renewable energies as well as behavioural decisions on energy use. Our research and project work focus on: 


  • the investigation of the acceptance of innovative energy technologies in the heat and electricity sector

  • the evaluation of research and funding programmes at national and European level, for example for building refurbishment or energy consulting services

  • the analysis and development of policy instruments to achieve climate protection considering heterogeneous decision criteria and barriers of different stakeholders

  • the support and facilitation of energy efficiency networks between companies

  • analyses of users’ satisfaction in buildings and neighbourhoods

  • the organisation of participation process in energy and climate protection projects in the neighbourhood


H2-Companion: Research accompanying the Green Hydrogen Model Region Baden-Württemberg

PATH2LC, Public Authorities together with a holistic network approach on the way to low-carbon municipalities

Transformation process for the municipal energy system transformation

Energy Efficiency networks Algeria

Further development of low-energy neighbourhoods

Evaluation of the ERGU funding programme in Rhineland-Palatinate

Energy-efficient modernisation


30 Pilot-Networks

Climate neutral housing estates in Stuttgart and Überlingen

Evaluation of mandatory energy audits

Battery storage

Trinationale cooperation for sustainable urban development


DIHK analysis of barriers to and implementation of energy efficiency measures

LEEN 100 plus

Analysis of acceptance of ‘power to gas’

Absolute energy demand

NRW feasibility study

Energy efficiency in schools

PATH2LC, Public Authorities together with a holistic network approach on the way to low-carbon municipalities


Catrice Christ
Catrice ChristHead of Business Unit
Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan
Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan
Dr. Nico Ulmer
Dr. Nico Ulmer
Dr. Sophie Lohmann
Dr. Sophie Lohmann