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Julia Backhaus

Julia Backhaus



Tel: +31 433884703

Julia is a doctoral researcher at ICIS, Maastricht University, and studies assumptions that underlie transformative change efforts, including social innovation initiatives. In her work she aims to identify the impact of acknowledged and unacknowledged assumptions on the initial design and eventual unfolding of change efforts in terms of flexibility, growth (up-scaling) and transformative character.

In the past, she has participated in a variety of research projects on energy demand-side management, behaviour change (Changing Behaviour) and sustainable lifestyles (SPREAD) in the context of which in-depth case study analyses have fed into critical reflections on state of the art thinking and a practical toolkit for developers and implementers of change initiatives.

She has published on the role of intermediaries in change processes (CEJPP) and is involved in the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). Further, Julia has worked on social perceptions of and user involvement in the development and implementation of energy technologies (e.g. smart grids and hydrogen and electric vehicles). Next to her research, she is involved in the coordination and teaching of several courses on graduate and undergraduate level. She holds an interdisciplinary BSc (cum laude) and an MPhil in science and technology studies. 

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