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Kirsten Sophie Hasberg earned a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 2009. She has more than 10 years of experience in the Danish and German energy sectors, including employment with the Danish Transmission System Operator Energinet and with parliamentary groups of the Danish Folketing and the German Bundestag. As an independent consultant, she has advised organizations like Siemens Transmission, Mercedes Benz R&D North America, as well as the Danish District Heating Association, and evaluated grant applications for the European Horizon 2020 program and the Irish Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. From 2016 to 2018, she played an active role in the Berlin blockchain-in-energy startup scene. Her teaching portfolio includes energy transition-related courses at the University of Kassel in Germany and the University of Roskilde in Denmark, as well as an information systems-related module on Digital Technology and New Business Models at the IT-University of Copenhagen. As a science communicator, she engages in art/science crossovers and has co-produced podcasts, a documentary film, and music. Most recently, she co-performed a climate lecture concert at the Roskilde Festival 2019. From 2017 to 2020, she was a PhD fellow of the Sustainable Energy Planning research group at Aalborg University in Copenhagen where she took part in the Energy Collective research project lead by the Technical University of Denmark, out of which her PhD dissertation has emerged.

Research interests:
- New economic thinking (institutional and ecological economics)
- Philosophy of technology (Martin Heidegger, Ludwik Fleck, Renata Salecl) and techno-anthropology
- Questions of power and ignorance in energy and information systems (energy and data democracy)
- Data ethics of the energy transition (surveillance capitalism in energy systems)
- Developing transdisciplinary mindsets in research

Kirsten Sophie Hasberg successfully defended her PhD on power/ignorance in energy and information systems on June 10, 2020.

Foto: Susanne Mertz, 2019

External positions

External lecturer, Digital Technology and New Business Models, IT University of Copenhagen

Jan 2015Jun 2017


  • Economics
  • heterodox economics
  • institutional economics
  • ecological economics
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Transition
  • Energy Policy
  • Smart Energy Systems
  • energopower
  • energy regulation
  • grid tariffs
  • flexibility markets
  • Management and Organization
  • digitization
  • digital transformation
  • sharing economy
  • platform economy
  • phronetic social science
  • insider research
  • ethnography
  • interdisciplinarity
  • Foucault
  • business models
  • Innovation
  • infopower
  • disintermediation
  • Communication and Informatics
  • information systems
  • blockchains
  • disruption
  • digital innovation
  • data ethics

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Research Output

Heidegger's fossil vs. renewable energomaterialisms

Hasberg, K. S., 10 Jun 2020, (In preparation) Anthology on Techno-Anthropology [working title]. Børsen, T. & Botin, L. (eds.).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  • From Foucauldian Biopower to Infopower and Energopower: A Review of Colin Koopman's and Dominic Boyer's Novel Conceptualizations of Power

    Hasberg, K. S., 27 Nov 2019, In : Le foucaldien. 5(1), 7, p. 1-16 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 33 Downloads (Pure)

    Power struggles on the blockchain: From de- to recentralization

    Hasberg, K. S., 16 Jun 2020, (In preparation) In : Technikgeschichte. In Christian Götter (ed.), Technologies as Anchors for Societal Conflicts [special issue]

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

  • Constructing the interconnector Viking Link: How fact-making calculative devices and thought collectives enable energopower

    Hasberg, K., Nov 2019, (Submitted) In : Œconomia ­­– History / Methodology / Philosophy. Guido Erreygers, Marion Gaspard, & Antoine Missemer (eds.): Facts in Environmental and Energy Economics [special issue]

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys)

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Visiting researcher)

    1 Sep 201830 Apr 2019

    Activity: Visiting another research institution

    Data for power and power over data. Über die Macht der Informationssysteme in der Energiewende

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Speaker)

    5 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


    Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (Journal)

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Peer reviewer)

    Jun 2017

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    The Energy Journal (Journal)

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Peer reviewer)

    Jul 2019

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management (Journal)

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Peer reviewer)

    15 Mar 2019

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    Press / Media

    Bornholm er EU's mest bæredygtige ø

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Stromschlag für Konzerne

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg & Jochen Schwill


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Im Porträt: Kirsten Hasberg

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media


    Climate lecture concert @ Arts & Activism stage, Roskilde Festival 2019

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Participant), Pernille Sejlund (Participant), Rosamelia Avila (Participant), Sofia Kayaya (Participant), Annemarie Jensen (Participant), Anna Mose (Participant) & Bonnie Denise (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural impact


    Enpact Startup Mentoring

    Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Participant)

    Impact: Economic impact