Sociology of European Societies


Comparaison des systèmes d'innovation territoriale énergétique en France et en Allemagne (Comparison of regional innovation systems in the energy sector in France and Germany)

Both in Germany and in France, new renewable energy aims have recently been formulated and are now being put into practice. Thereby, the established relationships between energy suppliers, customers, political actors, scientific advisors and intermediaries are suddenly being questioned and may not any more appear adequate. In this project, we investigate the restructuration of regions as they try to meet these renewable energy aims in a comparative perspective. We will apply the approach of regional innovation systems to give a full account of all the involved bargaining processes and the entailed institutional change. Our empirical research focuses on Grenoble and Seine-et-Marne in France as well as on Bottrop and East Frisia (Ostfriesland) in Germany. Besides giving theoretical contributions, the research team in Oldenburg is primarily responsible for the case study in East Frisia.

If you are interested in this project and/or have further questions, please contact Jannika Mattes jannika.mattes(at) _blank).


2015  Mattes, Jannika; Huber, Andreas; Koehrsen, Jens: Energy transitions in small-scale regions: what we can learn from a regional innovation systems perspective. Energy policy: the international journal of the political, economic, planning, environmental and social aspects of energy. Amsterdam [u.a.], S. 255-264. ISSN 0301-4215


Project partners

LATTS, Paris;

EIFER, Karlsruhe

Participants in Oldenburg

Project duration

November 1st, 2011 -

December 31st, 2013

Finanzed by

ADEME (Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie)