Valeria Jana Schwanitz

Field of work

I am a professor in energy economics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, Bristol, UK. I am a member of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), and I lead the sub-program on 'Data science and artificial intelligence" of the EERA Joint Program 'Digitalization of energy'. 

Personal background: I am an energy economist with experience in first-principle models, energy system modeling, and empirical analysis of coupled human-nature systems in the context of climate change and sustainable development. For peer-reviewed publications, visit research gate or browse the list below.

Ongoing projects:

  • WWF project - Validation of city-level carbon footprints on behalf of the Science-Based Target Network. (07/2022-04/2023)
  • ERASME - Jean Monet Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development at the University Clermont-Auvergne, France (from April 2019). Cooperation in education & research. 
  • H2020 Project EERAdata. "Towards a FAIR and open data ecosystem in the low carbon energy research community" (from 03/2020). 6 European partners, HVL leads. Project website & project wiki.  
  • H2020 Project DRES2Markets. " Technical, business, and regulatory approaches to enhance the renewable energy capabilities to take part actively in the electricity and ancillary service markets" (08/2020-01/2023). 15 European partners. Project website.
  • EU Green Deal Project  STORIES, "Energy Storage Research Infrastructure Eco-System" (11/2021-10/2025). 17 Partners and 17 Linked Partners (as HVL, co-leading FAIR data tasks). Website.
  • Jean Monnet Chair on Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy. Led by A. Diemer (UCA, HVL). More information is upcoming.
  • Horizon Europe Project WHITECYCLE (07/2022-06/2025), on recycling of industrial plastics. More information upcoming.

Finalized projects:

  • H2020 Research Project COMETS. "Collective action Models for Energy Transition and Social Innovation" (05/2019-04/2022). 12 European partners, HVL built a Europe-wide inventory for citizen-led low carbon energy projects. More information & links
  • AI for sustainable energy (09/2020-09/2022). HVL financed research cooperation between the research groups "Data Science" and "Data-driven energy system analysis".
Courses taught
  • GE4-300 Climate Change and Climate Policy
  • PL4-302 Transition towards a zero emission society
Research areas
  • energy system analysis
  • human-nature system analysis
  • renewable energy and technological change
  • model validation
  • FAIR and open energy data
Research groups