Technologies have to be embedded in society if you want them to work. To understand, study and contribute to this is part of my activities at the TUe.

Höffken Johanna, employee

Technologies have to be embedded in society if you want them to work. To understand, study and contribute to this is part of my activities at the TUe.

Topics of interests:

•        Sustainable energy innovations in the Global South
•        Sustainable and smart urban infrastructure developments in the Global            South
•        (Theories of) participation, social practice theory, design approaches                 and business models in the Global South


 Short bio

Johanna Irene Höffken was born in Berlin (Germany) and started her academic career at the Dresden University of Technology (TUD), where she graduated as M.A. in International Relations. During this time, she could broaden and enrich her studies at the TUD with study and work stays in Madrid, Geneva and Brussels.

After moving to the Netherlands, she ventured into the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) and graduated as M.A. at Maastricht University in 2006. She then worked temporarily for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Provincial Government of Noord-Brabant, before she started her PhD project about Civic engagement with small-scale hydroelectric plants in India at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University.

During her time as PhD candidate she spent several extended research stays in India. She also had the privilege to participate as fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University (USA) in the fall semester in 2010.
After completing her PhD project, she first worked as a lecturer, before coming an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), where she follows her interests in STS, international sustainable development and user-centered research within the School of Innovation Sciences.

 
Projects
Johanna is project lead of the NWO funded project “Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India”.

The project aims to develop and implement smart grids in rural India. Smart grids are seen as a solution to address the issue of (energy) poverty in rural India; however, successful smart grid development and implementation is not simply a matter of getting the technology right: social embedding, ethical acceptability and institutional support are at least as important. Considering these aspects when developing and implementing smart grid is what the project sets out to achieve.