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Franz Ecker

Franz Ecker

Franz Ecker

University of Freiburg
Department of Psychology
Room 3027
Engelbergerstraße 41
79085 Freiburg
Phone: +49 (0)761 203-9168
Fax: +49 (0)761 203-2490

Research project

Smart use of renewable energy systems: Psychological barriers and how they may be overcome

The German Government has set a national move towards decentralized energy production via renewable sources. It is assumed that German homeowners will play an essential part in fulfilling this ambitious goal. Previous studies on photovoltaic systems (PV) showed that the aspiration of autarky is a strong predictor of homeowners’ attitude towards PV, which in turn affects their purchase intentions.

We expect that consumers’ pursuit of energy-autarky and self-sufficiency influence their investment decisions. Findings on the impact of energy-autarky and self-sufficiency may provide valuable implications for the design of energy management and storage technologies. Especially, systems allowing individuals to produce and manage their own energy might match with homeowners’ pursuit of autarky and self-sufficiency. Research will be focused on how these decentralized energy systems are being perceived in terms of advantages and disadvantages.

The project is funded through the Federal State Postgraduate Scholarships Act (Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz – LGFG) within the cooperative graduate school “Decentralized sustainable energy systems” (abbr. DENE).

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Freiburg, Germany, 1985

Practical and scientific experience

2014 - Today
University of Freiburg, Department of Psychology

PhD Student, DENE Promotionskolleg

Global TraPs Project (Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management), www.globaltraps.ch

Member of the Knowledge Integration Unit Support Team

2012 - 2014
University of Oldenburg, Chair of Ecological Economics

Research Assistant

2010 - 2011
8th European Colloqium of Constance: Green Economy in Europe - Illusion or Reality?

Initiator and organizer of the conference

German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), Berlin

Member of the scientific staff


2011 - 2014
University of Oldenburg

Sustainability Economics & Management, M.A.

2007 - 2011
University of Constance
Political and Administrative Sciences, B.A.


  • Siebenhüner, B., Rodela, R., & Ecker, F. (2016). Social learning research in ecological economics: A survey. Environmental Sciences & Policy, 55, 1, 116-126. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.09.010
  • Ecker, F., Hahnel, U.J.J., & Spada, H. (2015). Willingness to pay for renewable energy: the role of perceived autarky. Presentation at the 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology. 24.-26. August 2015, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • Ecker, M. & Ecker, F. (2014). Genügsam leben: Überlegungen zur Suffizienz im rechtlichen Kontext. In Ewer, W.; Ramsauer, U.; Reese, M.; Rubel, R. (Hrsg.). Methodik – Ordnung – Umwelt. Festschrift für Hans-Joachim Koch aus Anlass seines siebzigsten Geburtstages. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin. S. 637 – 647.
  • Hertin, J.; Hey, C.; Ecker, F. (2010): The Future of European Electricity Supply: Moving from Energy-Mix Projections to Renewable-Based Scenarios. In Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 2/2010, pp. 131-139.
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