Stakeholder engagement

Participatory projects at IFZ does not only address “the general public”, but often pay particular attention to those stakeholders, who have particular interests in the research topic, either because they are affected by the research and its outcomes, or because they may influence the research. Stakeholder engagement is perceived as bringing significant benefits to the process of knowledge production as well as to the relevance of research outcomes. In our projects where we focus on stakeholder engagement, we draw particular attention to early processes of knowledge exchange with stakeholders and well-structured stakeholder engagement throughout the overall lifetime the project.

For more information, please contact Jürgen Suschek-Berger.



Our projects on this research approach

The project develops a basis for a regional, autonomous and robust energy cell that ensures a sufficient auxiliary (power) supply in case of failures in the transmission grid, caused by a blackout or a regional extreme weather condition.

The project Gebäudesoftskills (Buildingsoftskills) aims to both clarify complex interactions between the built environment and human needs and to complete and crosslink the established know-how of building experts with the knowledge of human sciences.

The energy transition is far more than a technical change. Profound changes in energy supply and use involve changes in technological, material, organizational, institutional, political, economic and socio-cultural terms. Therefore, it is a fundamental socio-technical change in energy use and associated systems.

IFZ war part of a one-year exploratory project "Smart City Frohnleiten", funded by the "Smart City Initiative" of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. In this one-year exploratory phase, the aim was to explore possibilities for sustainable urban development in the city of Frohnleiten.

The aim of this research project was the development of fundamentally new and intelligent energy supply systems via the façade of existing storey buildings, which allowed a high degree of integration of the active and passive building technology elements into prefabricated façade modules.

The aim of the project GenderTime is to identify and implement the best systemic approach to increase the participation and career advancement of women researchers in the participating institutions.

The core of the project was the active involvement of citizens in Hartberg. Several surveys with the population, qualitative interviews with stakeholders and participation events with citizens of Hartberg were carried out.

The project BENE assessed the potential of active citizen engagement in energy issues to contribute to the promotion of more energy-aware lifestyles in Austria. It analysed necessary institutional frameworks as well as individual resources (e.g. financial, social, knowledge, time) and motivations (e.g. environmental values, societal norms, economic benefits) for engagement. Building on this analytical basis, it developed and implemented activation strategies for expanding the scope of existing initiatives and initiated a transfer of good practice models to further communities.