Dr. Willington Ortiz


Future Energy and Industry Systems
Research Unit International Energy Transitions
Willington Ortiz
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Education and Academic Training

  • 2015 - 2019: Ph.D. studies at the Sustainability Science faculty at Leuphana University, Lüneburg. Dissertation: "Social change through the diffusion of sustainability innovations from the bottom up. Case studies of renewable energy and sustainable farming practices in the Global South"
  • 2003 - 2006: MSc in Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • 1993 - 1999: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá

Professional Experience

  • Since 2009: Researcher, Future Energy and Industry Systems, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2006 - 2009: Research Fellow, Cologne Laboratory for Construction Machines (KLB), Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • 2004 - 2006: Student Assistant, Wuppertal Institute
  • 1999 - 2003: Project Manager, ODECO (Supplier of Conveyors Systems), Cali, Colombia

Research Focus

  • The role of civil society actors and spaces in innovation processes
  • The diffusion processes of decentralised renewable energy innovations, with a specific focus on solutions for rural contexts in the Global South
  • Energy transitions in Latin American countries
  • Conceptual and methodological tools for integrating epistemic and transformative motives in transdisciplinary research processes


  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • Resources