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Nick Verkade, MSc

Nick Verkade is PhD candidate at the Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has a multidisciplinary background in business economics, human geography, urban environmental management and renewable energy technology. In recent years he was involved in modelling the impact of smart and renewable energy technologies on the local grid and mapping barriers and opportunities for local renewable energy developments.

Within the E-practices project, he focuses on the emerging e-practices of storing electricity at the household level, being involved in a local energy cooperative, and (smart) charging of the electric car. These e-practices are chosen for being innovative and highly anticipated because of their potential impact on the technological and social organization of the energy system. This impact is conceptualized as the potential for flexibility. The technologies provide the user with the capacity for intervening in their pattern of energy consuming practices. I examine to which degree the users are able and interested in applying this capacity and "evolve into a energy citizen".

We should realistically assess smart technologies by their capacity to provide flexibility in practice.
— Nick Verkade

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Prof. Dr. Ir. Geert Verbong

Geert Verbong is Full Professor in the section of Technology Innovation & Society of the School of Innovation Sciences. He specialized in the History of Technology and he wrote a Ph.D. thesis on innovations in textile printing and dyeing in the Netherlands in the 19th century. His recent contributions focus on the both the historical and future development of energy systems. His role within the E-practices project is to develop, supervise and guide the research.

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Dr. Johanna Höffken

Johanna Irene Höffken  started her academic career at the Dresden University of Technology, where she graduated as M.A. in International Relations. After moving to the Netherlands, she ventured into the field of Science and Technologies Studies (STS) and graduated as M.A. in the ESST program at Maastricht University in 2006. She then worked temporarily for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Provincial Government, before she started her PhD project at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Maastricht University. Her dissertation “Power to the People? Civic Engagement with Small-scale Hydroelectric Plants in India” (2012) made her an expert on issues of user engagement with energy technologies in the Indian context and in the use of qualitative research methods. During her time as PhD candidate she had the privilege to participate as fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University.  She currently works as a lecturer at TUe, where she follows her interests in STS, development and Social Practice theory within the School of Innovation Sciences.

Practices in the smart grid context - an emerging and highly interesting field - theoretically as well as practically!
— Johanna Höffken

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Introduction to the Innovation Sciences department of the Eindhoven University of Technology.