Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben (head of department)

Melanie Jaeger-Erben has been Professor of Sociology of Technology and the Environment at BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg since 01.10.2021. Previously, she headed the department of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Electronics at TU Berlin. 


Functions and further engagements

Working focus

  • Social science technology research
  • Sustainable consumption and production systems
  • Social innovation and social change
  • Qualitative research methods, mixed methods and participatory procedures

Current courses

Winter semester 2023/24:

Most important publications in the last 10 years

Rabiu, M. K., & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2024). Reducing single-use plastic in everyday social practices: Insights from a living lab experiment. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 200, 107303.

Weber, H. & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2023). Circular Economy - Die Wende zu geschlossenen Kreisläufen als stete Fiktion. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Greene, M., Hobson, K., & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2023). Bringing the circular economy home–Insights from socio-technical perspectives on everyday consumption. Cleaner and Responsible Consumption, 100157.

Hipp, T., Jaeger-Erben, M. (2023). “Doing Value”: How Practices of Assigning Meaning Influence the Usetime of Devices. In: Jonas, M., Nessel, S., Tröger, N. (eds) Repair, Do-It-Yourself and Circular Economy. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

Jaeger-Erben, M., Poppe, E., Wagner, E., Schaefer, A., Druschke, J., Gröger, J., Behrens, F. (2023). Analyse der softwarebasierten Einflussnahme auf eine verkürzte Nutzungsdauer von Produkten. Umweltbundesamt, Texte 13/ 2023.

Yalçın, N. G., Paredis, E., & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2023). Contested discourses of a circular plastics economy in Europe: prioritizing material, economy, or society? Environmental Politics, 1–21.

Jaeger-Erben, M., Wieser, H., Marwede, M. & Hofmann, F. (2023). Durable Economies - Organising the Material Foundations of Society. transcript Verlag.

Jaeger-Erben, M. & Rigamonti. N. (2023). Citizen Science. In: Sonnberger, M., Bleicher, A., & Groß, M. (2023). Handbuch Umweltsoziologie. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.

Jaeger-Erben, M., & Hielscher, S. (2022). Verhältnisse reparieren: Wie Reparieren und Selbermachen die Beziehung zur Welt verändert. transcript Verlag.

Barth, T., Jaeger-Erben, M., Jochum, G. & Lorenz, S. (Hg.) (2022): Nachhaltig Werte schaffen? Arbeit und Technik in der sozial-ökologischen Transformation (= Arbeitsgesellschaft im Wandel), Weinheim: Juventa Verlag ein Imprint der Julius Beltz GmbH & Co. KG.

Rabiu, M. K., & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2022). Appropriation and routinisation of circular consumer practices: A review of current knowledge in the circular economy literature. Cleaner and Responsible Consumption, 100081.

Beyeler, L. & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2022): How to make more of less: Characteristics of sufficiency in business practices, in: Frontiers in Sustainability 3.

Jaeger-Erben, M., Jensen, C., Hofmann, F., Zwiers, J. (2021). There is no sustainable circular economy without a circular society. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 168, 105476. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105476.

Jaeger-Erben, M., Frick, V. & Hipp, T. (2021). Why do users (not) repair their devices? A study of the predictors of repair practices. Journal of Cleaner Production, 286, 125382.10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125382

Hielscher, S. & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2020). From quick fixes to repair projects: Insights from a citizen science project. Journal of Cleaner Production, 278, 123875. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123875

Jaeger-Erben, M. (2020). Bought today – gone tomorrow. From linear to circular consumption. In: Tudor, T., & Dutra, C. J. (Eds.). (2020). The Routledge Handbook of Waste, Resources and the Circular Economy. Routledge. ISBN 9780367364649

Augenstein, K., Bachmann, B., Egermann, M., Hermelingmeier, V., Hilger, A., Jaeger-Erben, M., et al. (2020). From niche to mainstream: The dilemmas of scaling up sustainable alternatives. GAIA, 29 (3), pp. 143-147. 10.14512/gaia.29.3.3

Zwiers, J., Jaeger-Erben, M. & Hofmann, F. (2020). Circular literacy. A knowledge-based approach to the circular economy. Culture and Organization, 26:2, 121-141. 10.1080/14759551.2019.1709065

Jaeger-Erben, M., Kramm, J., Sonnberger, M., Völker, C., et al. (2018). Building Capacities for Transdisciplinary Research: Challenges and Recommendations for Early-Career Researchers. GAIA (4/2018), 379-386. 10.14512/gaia.27.4.10

John, R., Jaeger-Erben, M. & Rückert-John, J. (2016): Elusive Practices: Considerations on limits and possibilities of environmental policy for sustainable consumption. Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance. 26 (2): 129-140. 10.1002/eet.1706

Jaeger-Erben, M.; Rückert-John, J. (2015). Researching transitions to sustainable consumption: A practice-theory approach to innovation in consumption. In: Putting Sustainability into Practice: Advances and Applications of Social Practice Theories, Edited by Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie J. Cohen, and Naomi Krogman. Edward Elgar. pp. 159-184. 10.4337/9781784710606

Jaeger-Erben, M., Rückert-John, J. & M. Schäfer (2015). Sustainable consumption through social innovation: A typology of innovations for sustainable consumption practices. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108, 784-798. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.042