Since March 2019, Thomas Friedrich has been a research scientist at ISOE in the research unit Energy and Climate Protection in Everyday Life. He studied and earned his doctorate in social and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Cologne and Hamburg. He furthermore trained to be a coordinator for climate protection and resource management with a focus on renewable energies at the Gesellschaft für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (GNE) in Witzenhausen and gained interdisciplinary research experience at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) in Bielefeld as well as within the framework of the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction” (CliSAP). His research focuses on the local understanding of climate change and the transformation of the energy sector with a special emphasis on cultural and cognitive aspects. Additionally, he gained teaching experience, especially in the field of qualitative empirical social research, at the Universities of Bochum and Cologne.
Focus of Research
- Climate protection and climate change adaptation in everyday life
- Local ecological knowledge and environmental action
- Climate communication
- Energy and resource management
- Qualitative methods of empirical social research