PHD:
UNDERSTANDING CARBON LOCK-IN OF ENERGY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
THROUGH POWER/IGNORANCE

 

I hold a PhD from the Technical Faculty of IT & Design of Aalborg University in Denmark. My doctoral dissertation focuses on why the global use of fossil fuels continues to increase when the urgency of a transformation to renewable energy is obvious. In two case studies, I examine how carbon lock-in takes place in the making of information and energy infrastructure. Case study A examines the approval process around the Danish-British electric interconnector project Viking Link. Case study B looks at the pursuit of peer-to-peer electricity trading enabled by the information technology blockchain.

PhD advisor:
Professor Frede Hvelplund, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark



Assessment committee:
Professor Inge Røpke (Chair), Department of Planning, Aalborg University (DK)
Professor Dominic Boyer, Rice University (US)
Professor Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter (UK)


Date of PhD Viva: June 10, 2020.

Moderator: Senior Advisor Margrethe Holm Andersen, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University (DK)

 
 

PAPERS OF THE DISSERTATION

Along with the extended cover essay, three papers comprise my PhD dissertation:

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Le Foucaldien (2019)

FROM FOUCAUDIAN BIOPOWER TO INFOPOWER AND ENERGOPOWER

A Review of Colin Koopman's and Dominic Boyer's Novel Conceptualizations of Power

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Oeconomia (2020)

CONSTRUCTING VIKING LINK

How the Infopower of Cost-benefit Analysis as a Calculative Device Reinforces the Energopower of TransmissionInfrastructure

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[unpublished]

POWER STRUGGLES ON THE BLOCKCHAIN

Exploring power/ignorance in conflicts over de- versus recentralization

 

OTHER PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

During the PhD period, I have also published in a German journal and a German newspaper:

 
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Tagesspiegel Energie & Klima

EIN KABEL FÜR DEUTSCHEN KOHLESTROM

Co-authored with Brian Vad Mathiesen, Henrik Lund and Søren Djørup, Aalborg University.

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Zeitschrift für neues Energierecht

VOM VERTEILNETZ ZUM NETZ DES ZUSAMMENSPIELS

Zur neuen Rolle von Verteilnetzen in erneuerbaren Energiesystemen in Dänemark und Deutschland

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FoucaultBlog

Kirsten Hasberg talks to Dominic Boyer, anthropologist and author of Energopolitics: Wind and Power in the Anthroprocene, and to Colin Koopman, philosopher and author of How We Became our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person.