Dr. phil. Stephan Schmidt


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Forschungsstelle Nachhaltige Energie- und Wasserversorgung (FoNEW), affiliated with Sustainability Research.



Stephan Schmidt was born in 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He studied Human Geography (04/2003 – 07/2008) in Greifswald (D) and wrote his diploma thesis on: „Evaluation of Governance Processes in Rural Regions. Does the participation of Ecological Stakeholders also mean their consideration?“. From 09/2008 to 08/2011 he was a scientific assistant of Prof. Dr. Paul Burger at Program Sustainability Research. There he worked on his dissertation on „Zukunftsfähige Regionalentwicklung: Handlungsfähigkeit durch Capacity Building“. Since 09/2011 Stephan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Forschungsstelle Nachhaltige Energie- und Wasserversorgung (FoNEW) and responsible for societal questions of the energy transition.

Research Interests

Spatial strategies for a sustainable development; Learning and innovation for a sustainable development; Governance and participation processes; Socio-economic aspects of the transformation of the energy system.


Seminar: Favourable learning conditions for a sustainable energy transition.
Seminar: Nachhaltiges Elektrizitätssystem in der Schweiz und Europa im Jahre 2050 - Grundlagen zur Analyse



  • Schmidt, S. (2013): "Zukunftsfähige Regionalentwicklung in der Schweiz: Handlungsfähigkeit durch Capacity-Building". Dissertation am Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, Universität Basel. Verlag Dr. Kovac, Hamburg.
  • Schmidt, S. (2012): "Ressourcenverwendung in der Schweiz: Trends und Wertewandel". Bulletin der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Bern, 4/2012, pp. 57-58.
  • Schmidt, S., Meja, G., Burger, P. (2012): "Business Models of Swiss Power Utilities and the Energy Transition". FoNEW Discussion Paper 02/2012, University of Basel.
  • Schmidt, S., Weigt, H. (forthcoming): "A Review on Energy Consumption from a 
Socio-Economic Perspective: Reduction through Energy Efficiency and beyond". FoNEW Discussion Paper, University of Basel.
  • Christen, M., Schmidt, S. (2012): "A Formal Framework for Conceptions of Sustainability –  a Theoretical Contribution to the Discourse in Sustainable Development". Sustainable Development, 20(6), pp. 400-410.
  • Schmidt, S. (2010): "A Strategy for Dealing with Change: Regional Development in Switzerland in the Context of Social Capital". In: Müller, B. (Ed.) (2011) German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy 2010. Springer Verlag, Berlin & Heidelberg.
  • Schmidt, S. (2010): "Knowledge-Management for Sustainable Regional Development". Paper presented at 16th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hong Kong, May 30 - June 1, 2010.
  • Schmidt, S., Sauer, A. (2009): "The new regional policy in Switzerland: Can collaboration lead to a sustainable development? Paper presented at the 15th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 5.-8. July, 2009.
  • Schmidt, S. (2006): "Traffic Infrastructure in Vorpommern". In: Heinz, M., Klüter, H. (Ed.) (2006). Europeanisation - peripherisation?: EU-enlargement and touristical strategies of rural areas. Report of the SOKRATES Intensive-Programme, Greifswalder Geographische Arbeiten (GGA), Band 40, 18.-31. March, 2006.



  • Augst, 2012: "Action Capacity as a central criterion for sustainable regional development". The institutionalisation of sustainability and its transformation into practice. 3rd International Sustainability Conference in Basel, Switzerland.
  • June, 2010: "Knowledge-Management for Sustainable Regional Development; A Formal Framework for Theories of Sustainability". 16th International Sustainable Development Research Conference in Hong Kong.
  • September, 2009: "Neue Regionalpolitik in der Schweiz: Führt Zusammenarbeit zu Nachhaltiger Entwicklung?". Deutscher Geographentag 2009 – working group Sustainability in Vienna, Austria.
  • September 2009: "The new regional policy in Switzerland: Know-How for regional stakeholders". Conference Geographies of Education in Loughborough, England.
  • July, 2009: "The new regional policy in Switzerland: Can collaboration lead to a sustainable development?". 15th International Sustainable Development Research Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands.



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