Dr. Pia-Johanna Schweizer

Dr. Pia-Johanna Schweizer

Research Group Leader

Pia-Johanna Schweizer studied Sociology and English & American Literature at University of Stuttgart (Germany) and University of Aberdeen (UK). In 2008, she gained a Ph.D. in Sociology (summa cum laude) from Stuttgart University with a dissertation on discursive governance. From 2002 until 2003 she was a researcher at the Academy for Technology Assessment in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). From 2003 until 2008 she was a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Technology and Environmental Sociology of Stuttgart University. From 2008 until 2012 she was a senior researcher and project leader at the Interdisciplinary Research Center Risk and Sustainable Technology Development (ZIRN) at Stuttgart University. From 2009 until 2016 she led the unit on risk governance at the non-profit institute for communication and cooperation research DIALOGIK. She was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) from 2013 through to 2014. From 2012 until 2016 she was a senior researcher and project leader at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Research (ZIRIUS) at Stuttgart University, where she coordinated the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS research field “Planning Governance”. Pia-Johanna Schweizer has led the project “Systemic Risks” since joining the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in September 2016. The project analyses the complex interface of science, economics, and civil society with regard to systemic risks such as climate engineering and financial risk, paying particular attention to complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity. The project seeks to identify the “trigger points” that lead to cascading effects in various social sub-systems and will develop governance strategies for improved decision-making.

  • 2016–present Project Leader “Systemic Risks” at Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam
  • 2015–2016 Fellow of the Asian Energy Studies Center, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • 2013–2014 Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University, affiliations with Center for Systems Integration and Sustainablity (CSIS), Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP)
  • 2011–2016 Head of Research Field E “Planning Governance” within Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY–TRANS (http://www.energy–trans.de/english/104.php)
  • 2012–2016 Senior Researcher and Project Leader, Stuttgart Research Center on Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS), Stuttgart University
  • 2009–2016 Section Head “Risk Governance”, DIALOGIK gGmbH
  • 2008–2012 Senior Researcher and Project Leader, Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development (ZIRN), Stuttgart University
  • 2003–08 Researcher, Institute of Social Sciences V, Stuttgart University, and DIALOGIK gGmbH
  • 2002–03 Researcher, Center for Technology Assessment in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Department “Environment, Technology and Society”
  • Interdisciplinary risk analysis
  • Sociology of risk
  • Governance
  • Risk communication and participation
  • Deliberative democracy

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Renn, Ortwin; Köck, Wolfgang; Bovet, Jana; Benighaus, Christina; Scheel, Oliver; Schröter, Regina (2016). “Public participation for infrastructure planning in the context of the German “Energiewende””. In: Utilities Policy. Issue 43, Part B. DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2016.06.008. 206-209.
  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Bovet, Jana (2016), “The potential of public participation to facilitate infrastructure decision-making: Lessons from the German and European legal planning system for electricity grid expansion”. In: Utilities Policy. Issue 42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2016.06.008. 64-73.
  • Fang, Baling; Tan, Yi; Li, Canbing; Cao, Yijia; Liu, Jianguo; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Shi, Haiqing; Zhou, Bin; Chen, Hao; Hu, Zhuangli (2016), “Energy sustainability under the framework of telecoupling”. In: Energy. Issue 106. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.03.055. 253-259.
  • Schröter, Regina; Scheel, Oliver; Renn, Ortwin; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2016), “Testing the Value of Public Participation in Germany: Theory, Operationalization and a Case Study on the Evaluation of Participation”. In: Energy Research and Social Science. Issue 13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.12.013. 116-125.
  • Bovet, Jana; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2015). “Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung beim Netzausbau: Fallstricke und Verbesserungspotentiale”. In: Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen. 65/4. 50-53.
  • Webler, Thomas; Tuler, Seth; Goble, Robert, Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2015). “Characterizing Landscapes of Regional Risk Governance”. In: International Journal of Performability Engineering. Vol. 11, No. 6, November 2015. 605-618.
  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2015), “Partizipation bei der Energiewende und beim Ausbau der Stromnetze: Philosophische Fundierung”. In: TAB-Brief. 45/2015. 26-30.
  • Renn, Ortwin; Köck, Wolfgang, Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Bovet, Jana, Benighaus, Christina; Scheel, Oliver; Schröter, Regina (2014). “Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung bei Vorhaben der Energiewende – Neun Thesen zum Einsatz und zur Gestaltung der Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung”. In: Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht. 2014/5. 281-288.
  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Renn, Ortwin (2013). Partizipation in Technikkontroversen: Panakeia für die Energiewende? In: Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis, 22/ 2 (Juli 2013). 42-47.
  • Renn, Ortwin; Köck, Wolfgang; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Bovet, Jana; Benighaus, Christina; Scheel, Oliver; Schröter, Regina (2013). Die Öffentlichkeit an der Energiewende beteiligen - Grundsätze und Leitlinien für Planungsvorhaben. In: GAIA, 22/4 (2013). 279-280.
  • Renn, Ortwin; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2012). New Forms of Citizen Involvement. In: Gabriel, Oscar W.; Keil, Silke I.; Kerrouche, Eric (eds.). Political Participation in France and Germany. Colchester: ECPR Press. 273-295.
  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Schweizer, Stefan (2011). Innovation durch Governance. In: Schweizer, Pia-Johanna; Schweizer, Stefan (2011). Resonanz in der pluralen Gesellschaft. Netzwerke im systemtheoretischen Kontext. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag. 33-49.
  • Renn, Ortwin; Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2009). Inclusive Risk Governance: Concepts and Application to Environmental Policy Making. In: Environmental Policy and Governance, Vol 19 (3), Weinheim: Wiley-Blackwell. 174-185.
  • Schweizer, Pia-Johanna (2008). Diskursive Risikoregulierung – Diskurstheorien im Vergleich. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • 2017 “Governance of Systemic Risk: Challenges for decision and policy making”, Symposium: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Systemic Risk Research, SRA-E Annual Meeting, 19 June 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2017 “Governance of Systemic Risk: Challenges and Potential Solutions”, EFSA Stakeholder Forum at European Food Safety Authority, 30 May 2017, Parma, Italy.
  • 2016 Organizer and presenter, Symposium “One Size Fits All? Challenges of Risk Governance” at SRA Annual Meeting 2016, December 12, 2016, San Diego, USA.
  • 2016 “Risk Governance systemischer Risken - Konsequenzen für mittelständische Unternehmen”, 4th Annual Conference on Risk Governance, 13 October 2016, Siegen, Germany.
  • 2016 “Akzeptanz und Partizipation als Voraussetzung für den Windenergieausbau?”, “Zukunft Windenergie Paris – Berlin – Steinfurt”, organised by Fachagentur Windenergie an Land, 27 June 2016, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2015 “Risiko Governance: Über den Zusammenhang von Risiko und Sicherheit, Freiheit und Verantwortung”, for the State Agency for Civic Education of Baden-Württemberg, 12 December 2015, Bad Boll, Germany.
  • 2015 “Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS: Future Infrastructures for Meeting Energy Demands. Towards sustainability and social compatibility”, Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis, 9 December 2015, Arlington, USA.
  • 2015 “Politik im Netz der Netzpolitik? Wie sich politische Teilhabe und Willensbildung durch digitale Medien verändern”,“Innovation.Macht.Staat - Hackescher Marktplatz für Ideen in Staat und Verwaltung”, organised by the Gesellschaft für Programmforschung, 30 November 2015, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2015 “Public Participation for Energy Transition: The German Experience in “Energiewende” and the Relevance to Asia”, First Asian Energy Conference “Smart Grids, Sustainability Transition, and Innovation in Governance”, organised by Hong Kong Baptist University, 2 November 2015, Hong Kong, China.
  • 2015 “Governing Sustainable Energy Demand – An International Perspective”, World Congress of the Society for Risk Analysis, 20 July 2015, Singapore.
  • 2015 “Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung bei Planungsvorhaben der Energiewende: Strukturen und Dynamiken”, 8th Kommunikationstag der Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft, 4 March 2015, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2014 “Adaptive Risk Governance: Integrative Facts and Values in Decision Making” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis, 9 December 2014, Denver, USA.
  • 2014 “The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS: Facilitating the German energy transition”, delivered as part of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 27 June 2014, Cambridge, USA.
  • 2014 “Risk-based Standards for Cybersecurity: Global Challenges and Solutions”, Annual Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 15 February 2014, Chicago, USA.
  • 2015 Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award der Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)