Diana Süsser

Dr. Diana Süsser

Research Associate

Dr. Diana Süsser is a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Transition Dynamics group at IASS. Her research focuses on socio-political-technological transitions, energy policy-model interactions and innovations for a sustainable energy transition. In the EU project "Sustainable Energy Transition Laboratory", Diana deals with requirements on and the design of future energy system models, with a focus on the integration of social aspects.

Before joining IASS, Diana was a fellow at the Israel Public Policy Institute, where she did research on effective policy design to support innovations in green technologies. Previously, she worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) within the climate innovation project „Towards an <2° economy" and was an associated researcher in the Integrative Geography at the University of Hamburg. Diana studied environmental sciences at the University of Oldenburg and Kingston University London, and holds a M.Sc. in climate science from the University of Hamburg. Diana did her doctorate at the University of Hamburg on social and geographic aspects of a local energy transition in the framework of the project Regional Climate Change (REKLIM) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum in Geesthacht.

  • 2019-present Postdoctoral researcher, Energy Transition Dynamics group, IASS
  • 2019 Visiting Fellow, Israel Public Policy Institute, Israel
  • 2017-2019 Associated Researcher, Univeristy of Hamburg
  • 2017-2019 Manager Sustainable and Low Carbon Business at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany
  • 2012-2016 PhD Student, department of Geography and Cluster of Excellence "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP), Univeristy of Hamburg
  • 2012-2016 Doctoral researcher, research project: Regional Climate Change (REKLIM), department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas, Helmholtz-Zentrum in Geesthacht
  • 2014 Visiting PhD Student, University of Surrey, UK
  • 2010-2012 Student Assistant, Ökopol - Institute for Environmental Strategies
  • energy and climate policy
  • socio-political-technological aspects of energy system transformation
  • energy policy-model interactions
  • energy and climate innovations
  • acceptance of renewable energy
  • community renewable energy

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Süsser, D., Weig, B., Döring, M., & Ratter, B.M.W. (2019): Entrepreneurs for Renewables - Emergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Complex Social Systems. In: Dehmer, M., Emmert-Streib, F., & Jodlbauer, H. (eds.): Entrepreneurial Complexity Methods and Applications. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, pp 1-47, doi:10.1201/9781351250849
  • Guttry, C. de, Süsser, D., & Döring, M. (2019): Situating climate change: Psychological distances as tool to understand the multifaceted dimensions of climate change meanings. Geoforum, Volume 104, pp 92-100, doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.06.015
  • Süsser, D. (2018): Coastal dwellers-power against climate change: a place-based perspective on individual and collective engagement in North Frisia. Journal of Coastal Conservation, February 2018, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 169-182, doi:10.1007/s11852-016-0467-3
  • Yang, L.E., Scheffran, J., Süsser, D., Dawson, R., & Chen, Y.D. (2018): Assessment of Flood Losses with Household Responses: Agent-Based Simulation in an Urban Catchment Area. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, August 2018, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 369-388, doi:10.1007/s10666-018-9597-3
  • Süsser, D., & Kannen, A. (2017): 'Renewables? Yes, please!': perceptions and assessment of community transition induced by renewable-energy projects in North Frisia. Sustainability Science online, doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0433-5
  • Süsser, D., Döring, M., Ratter, B.M.W. (2017): Harvesting energy: Place and local entrepreneurship in community-based renewable energy transition. Energy Policy, Volume 101, February 2017, Pages 332-341, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.10.018
  • Guest Editor for the Energies Special Issue: Policy interactions in socio-technical transitions towards zero-carbon energy systems.