Senior researcher & advisor
Julia Wittmayer has a background in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and is interested in roles of and social relations and interactions between actors. A specific focus is on the role of research and transdisciplinary engagements as well as research methodologies. Her PhD focused on the topic of “Transition management, action research and actor roles: Understanding local sustainability transitions”.
During her work at DRIFT, she worked on monitoring and evaluation in a transition context on the local scale (i.e. with transition initiatives in urban neighbourhoods) as well as on the national scale (i.e. with transition programs in agriculture, mobility and healthcare). She has been involved in or leading a variety of research projects, involving EU-funded projects such as TRANSIT, SIC – Social Innovation Community, MUSIC or InContext.
Julia regularly acts as (guest) editor of book volumes (Routledge, Springer) and special issues in a variety of journals. In addition, she has been engaged in policy advice for local and national government bodies across Europe (e.g. German Environmental Agency, Dutch Ministry for Public Health and the cities of The Hague or Ludwigsburg) and lectures at DRIFT’s Transition Academy, leading the theme ‘Transformative Research’
Edited volumes & Special issues:
- Backhaus, J., Genus, A., Lorek, S., Vadovics, E., J.M. Wittmayer (eds.) (2018) Social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption: Research and Action for Societal Transformation. Routledge: London
- Loorbach, D., Wittmayer, J.M., Shiroyama, H., Fujino, J. and S. Mizuguchi (eds.) (2016) Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions. European and Asian Experiences. Springer: Tokyo.
- Wittmayer, J.M., Pel, B., Bauler, T. & F. Avelino (2017) Editorial Synthesis: Methodological challenges in social innovation research. European Public and Social Innovation Review. 2(1): 1-16.
- Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J.M., Kemp, R. and A. Haxeltine (2017) Game changers and Transformative Social Innovation. Ecology & Society, 22(4): 41
- Bartels, K. & J.M. Wittmayer (2014) Symposium Introduction: Usable Knowledge in Practice. What Action Research has to Offer to Critical Policy Studies. Critical Policy Studies. 8(4): 397-406 DOI:10.1080/19460171.2014.957335
Peer-reviewed articles & Book chapters
- Avelino, F., J.M. Wittmayer, B. Pel, P. Weaver, A. Dumitru, A. Haxeltine, R. Kemp, M.S. Jørgensen, T. Bauler, S. Ruijsink, T. O’Riordan (in press), Transformative Social Innovation and (Dis)Empowerment, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, available online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2017.05.002
- Wittmayer J, Bach M, Frantzeskaki N, Loorbach D. (2018) Transition Management: Urban Design Principles and Applications. In Frantzeskaki, N., Holscher, K., Bach, M. and F. Avelino (eds.) Co-creating sustainable urban futures. A primer on applying transition management in cities. Dordrecht: Springer. PP 81-102
- Haxeltine, A., Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J.M., Kunze, I., Longhurst, N., Dumitru, A. and T. O’Riordan (2018) Conceptualising the role of social innovation in sustainability transformations. In: Julia Backhaus, Audley Genus, Sylvia Lorek, Edina Vadovics, Julia Wittmayer (eds) Social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption: Research and Action for Societal Transformation. Routledge. pp 12-25
- Hölscher, K., Wittmayer, J.M. & D. Loorbach (2017) Transition vs. Transformations: What is the difference? Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2017.10.007
- Wittmayer, J.M., Avelino, F, van Steenbergen, F. and D. Loorbach (2017) Roles in Transition: Insights from role theory for understanding sustainability transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 24: 45-56 DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2016.10.003
- Avelino, F. and J.M. Wittmayer (2016) Shifting Power Relations in Sustainability Transitions: A Multi-actor Perspective. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18:5, 628-649, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2015.1112259
- Wittmayer, J.M. and D. Loorbach (2016) Governing transitions in cities: Fostering alternative ideas, practices and social relations through transition management. In Loorbach, D., Wittmayer, J.M., Shiroyama, H., Fujino, J. and S. Mizuguchi (eds.) Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions. European and Asian Experiences. Springer, pp. 13-23
- Wittmayer, J.M., van Steenbergen, F., Rok, A. and C. Roorda (2016) Governing sustainability: a dialogue between Local Agenda 21 and transition management. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 21(8): 939-955 DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1050658
- Wittmayer, J.M., N. Schäpke, F. van Steenbergen, I. Omann (2014) Making sense of sustainability transitions locally. How action research contributes to addressing societal challenges. Critical Policy Studies. 8 (4): 465-485. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2014.957336
- Wittmayer, J.M. & N. Schäpke (2014) Action, Research and Participation: Roles of Researchers in Sustainability Transitions. Sustainability Science. 9 (4): 483-496. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0258-4.