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Ingmar Lippert

Ingmar Lippert

Teams and leadership

I am a team worker, and currently co-lead the research project Sociocultural Carbon. For several years I have been, and am still, involved in the DataNatures team at the Museum of Natural History Berlin, the TiP research group at IT University of Copenhagen and, since 2019, I grow into the team of the Chair of Technoscience Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology.

Since the early 2000s, I have been leading several early career researcher teams, including the international doctoral/postdoc ‘Environment, Management and Society Research Group’, drawing into these teams multiple awards, grants and producing publications.

Across the teams and my or our grants, my responsibilities included project management, drafting and administrating budgets, subcontractor management, planning and managing the logistics of ethnographic fieldwork on two continents, coordinating scheduled delivery of research output to funders, supervising PhD students and intellectually guiding PostDocs as well as evaluating progress. In leading teams, I explore modes of collaborative relations and building nurturing environments, drawing on my training in listening and noticing to guide open development.

Sociocultural Carbon

Sociocultural Carbon, SOCCAR, is a 4-year (2019-2023) research project hosted by IT University of Copenhagen, aimed at gaining a novel understanding of the social and cultural challenges and values of living with 'carbon' in the form of emission data. As Co-Principal Investigator, I structure STS and sociological input into the project, with a specific expertise of data practices. Together with the PI, Steffen Dalsgaard, I supervise the projects' two PhD students Anne-Sofie Lautrup Sørensen and Katinka A. Schyberg. Within SOCCAR, I conduct research on energy transition, lignite coal mining and the the frictions of remembering coal, nature and Sorbic heritage, feeding into my work on energy knowledges.
Selected Output
  • "'Earth ... without us', earthlessness and autochthony: discursive presences and absences in negotiating and contesting coal mining", presented at the workshop Equivocal (anthropo)cenes: indigenous ontologies and the ethics of geo-climatic disruption at Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, 8th-9th of November 2018
  • "Die diskursive Konstruktion von Partizipation einer autochthonen Volksgruppe in der Braun kohlegovernance", presented at the Spring Conference Partizipation und die Gestaltung von Natur-Gesellschafts-Verhältnissen of the section Environmental Sociology of the German Sociological Association (DGS), Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 11th April 2019
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DataNatures is a long-term research programm spirited in the Bureau for troubles and hosted by the Science & Technology Studies unit at the Museum of Natural History Berlin. The programme is concerned with the museum as an epistemic assamblage when it 'goes digital', exploring the reconfiguration of nature when natures like biodiversity or climate are enacted in datascapes. I joined Tahani Nadim in 2016 as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow and link the conversations about the politics of and in biodiversity data to STS scholarship of climate, carbon and energy data. I explore the diffractions of the infrastructures in which natural history collections are enacted and within which environmental monitoring performs evidence for governance. My work in this team sits at the intersection of research on data practices and of environmental management.

Technologies in Practice Research Group

Technologies in Practice, TiP, is a research group at the IT University of Copenhagen, exploring the intersections of IT and society with qualitative studies of technologically mediated practices in organisations and everyday life. Since 2019 as Associate Professor, I am involved in the group's climate policy unit and co-lead our project Sociocultural Carbon. 2014-2018, as Assistant Professor, I organised interdisciplinary research team-building workshops, taught and (co)developed foundational modules on Digital Accountability and on Society & Technology. In partnership with Rachel Douglas-Jones and TiP's ETHOS Laboratory, I coordinate innovations in analysing and writing reflexively about methods and data practices in STS research. A key output of my work with the TiP group is a special issue on numbers, numbering and after numbers, which I lead-edited in conversation with Helen Verran.
Selected Output

Environment, Management and Society Research Group

Environment, Management and Society, EMS-RG, was an autonomous research group, operating 2008 to 2016, with the objective to critically scrutinise the limits and practices of practices that are typically associated with the discourses of environmental management and environmental governance. I initiated and facilitated the collective of six docs and postdocs, working aross Europe and Asia, and organised a range of international workshops and conference sessions. As a lead-editor, in collaboration with the collective, we produced two collective publications, an edited book section 'Limits to Managing the Environment' and the special issue 'Environmental Management as Situated Practice'. This group's work is core to my research interest in Environmental Management Studies.
Selected Output
  • "Environmental Management as Situated Practice" Geoforum special issue, edited with Franz Krause and Niklas Hartmann (2015)
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  • "Latour’s Gaia – Not down to Earth?: Social Studies of Environmental Management for Grounded Understandings of the Politics of Human-Nature Relationships", in: Yearbook 2012 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (2014)
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  • "Limits to Managing the Environment" edited book part, in: Implementing Environmental and Resource Management (2011)
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