Christian holds a master’s degree in business and economics from the University of Vienna and a masters and a doctorate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He studies the phenomenon of Peak-Oil and the respective vulnerabilities of economies, attitudes towards technology, alternatives to the paradigm of economic growth. His paper proposing a connection between the steady state economy and economic degrowth has been widely cited in his field and he has just finished co-editing a long awaited special issue on Degrowth & Technology.
Christian Kerschner, Ivo Ponocny, Sabine Sedlacek, Mario Diaz Munozi-CONN: Interdisciplinary connectivity: Understanding and managing complex systems using connectivity
The goal of this ITN is to train a new cohort of researchers specialized in the developing field of connectivity science who will be capable of developing interdisciplinary approaches to connectivity across a range of disciplines and real-life applications in the next five to ten years. Our overarching aim is to overcome barriers to progress in using connectivity science to understand and manage complex systems by learning from transdisciplinary perspectives to produce new insights into the behavior of complex systems across diverse disciplines (Astrophysics, Computer Science, Ecology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, and Social Science) and synthesize them into a common set of theories and approaches.
Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, School of Sustainability, Governance, and Methods
Author: Christian Kerschner, Ivo Ponocny, Sabine Sedlacek, Mario Diaz Munoz
Date: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023
Managed By: MODUL University Vienna
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Sgouris Sgouridis, Christian Kimmich, Jordi Solé, Martin Černý, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Christian Kerschner"Visions before models: The ethos of energy modeling in an era of transition"2022 in: Energy Research and Social Science. Volume: 88. Issue number: June 2022
Energy-Economy-Environment (E3) models feature prominently in energy policy and climate mitigation planning. Nevertheless, these models have a mixed track record when assessed retrospectively and exhibit biases that can make them counterproductive for prescriptive policy during transition. We argue that in times of energy transitions it is preferable to develop a vision of the desired future energy system rather than relying on techno-economic solutions based on simple objectives (e.g. lower carbon emissions). We support this argument through reasoned inference supported by historical examples. A critical appraisal of E3 modeling exercises highlights the biases, structural or implicit, favoring existing energy system modalities. As a result, if E3 models are uncritically used to formulate long-term energy policy, there is the risk of unintended or deliberate performativity preventing a radical transition. Given the significant learning-by-doing effects in reducing technology costs, the evolution of energy systems is path-dependent and reinforced by technology policy feedbacks. This is showcased by Germany's Energiewende. Therefore, it is preferable to prioritize a clear articulation of the vision for the future desired end-state which can be shared with stakeholders a priori. Then utilize models as exploratory tools for assessing the economics and scale of corresponding interventions. These should include focused technology policy that aims to commoditize relevant technical innovations through learning-by-doing and scale economies. Ideally such models should be open, exploratory, reflexive and incorporate the dynamics of innovation.
Author(s): Sgouris Sgouridis, Christian Kimmich, Jordi Solé, Martin Černý, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Christian Kerschner
Publication date: 6. 2022
Issue number: June 2022
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102497
Mario Pansera, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Christian Kerschner"Unlocking wise digital techno-futures: Contributions from the Degrowth community"2019 in: Futures. Volume: 114.
Author(s): Mario Pansera, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Christian Kerschner
Publication date: 2019
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2019.102474
Timothée Parrique, Jonathan Barth, François Briens, Christian Kerschner, Alejo Kraus-Polk, Anna Kuokkanen, Joachim H. Spangenberg"Decoupling Debunked - Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability"2019
Author(s): Timothée Parrique, Jonathan Barth, François Briens, Christian Kerschner, Alejo Kraus-Polk, Anna Kuokkanen, Joachim H. Spangenberg
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: European Environmental Bureau
Christian Kerschner, Petra Wächter, Linda Nierling, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers"Degrowth and Technology: Towards feasible, viable, appropriate and convivial imaginaries"2018 in: Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume: 197. Pages: 1619-1636
Mainstream sustainability discourses are firmly built on the mantra that more technology leads to more economic growth, which in turn leads to more welfare and sustainability. With economic growth becoming ever more difficult and undesirable, and sustainability challenges ever more pressing, alternative post-growth and Degrowth discourses have gained momentum in the last decade. However, the role of technology on the path towards a ‘Degrowth Society’ is far from clear and subject to intense debate between enthusiasts and sceptics of technology. This editorial to the special issue on ‘Degrowth and Technology’ represents the first in-depth analysis of the multiple perspectives on technology present in the Degrowth community. Using an artistic analogy, we illustrate four main areas of exploration for a future Degrowth and Technology research agenda: 1) theoretical and conceptual approaches, 2) case studies of innovative socio-technical arrangements, 3) evaluation of technologies according to their feasibility, viability, appropriateness and conviviality and 4) governance approaches. Moreover, we identify and discuss reoccurring themes in the texts such as energy, agency and democratisation of technology and introduce new concepts such as ‘Degrowth Technology’ and 'Degrowth Society’. Finally, we offer guidance for future research and for the development of a shared socio-technological imaginary of the Degrowth community.
Author(s): Christian Kerschner, Petra Wächter, Linda Nierling, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers
Publication date: 2018
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.147
Christian Kerschner, Iñigo Capellán-Pérez"Peak-Oil and Ecological Economics - Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society"2017
Author(s): Christian Kerschner, Iñigo Capellán-Pérez
Publication date: 2017
Place of Publication Volume: London
Host publication editor(s): C. Spash
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