Katja Witte

Acting Director and Co-Head of Research Unit Structural Change and Innovation

Katja Witte
Tel.:+49 202 2492-218

Education and Academic Training

  • 1996 - 2004: Social sciences, University of Wuppertal

Professional Experience

  • Since 2008: Researcher at the Wuppertal Institute
  • 2004 - 2007: Free assistant and project director at the agency for applied social studies in Wuppertal
  • 2000 - 2006: Student, graduate assistant and research assistant at the Wuppertal Institute

Research Focus

  • Information and communication in the field of energy and industrial transformation
  • Development of participatory procedures and local empowerment processes for shaping transformation processes
  • Social acceptance of low-carbon technologies, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), but also of flexibilisation technologies and smart digital applications
  • Analysis of innovation strategies for successful implementation of sustainable structural change (creation of system, transformation and target knowledge)


  • Since 2007 various lectureships and guest lectures at different universities (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Universität zu Köln, Technische Hochschule Köln, Hochschule Düsseldorf)
  • From 2015 - 2017, member of the research association of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and acatech
  • Since 2016, participation in committees for individual federal states, e.g., the state of Baden-Württemberg, as well as assumption of various expert activities

Please note: Publications before October 2018 are registered under her maiden name Katja Pietzner.

Cookie Settings

Cookies help us to constantly improve the website for you. By clicking on the "Allow cookies" button, you agree to the use of cookies. For further information on the use of cookies or to change your settings, please click on More about the use and rejection of cookies.