Maria Anna Hecher
Fields of expertise
Diffusion of innovation
BiographyMaria Anna Hecher is an environmental system scientist and obtained her PhD degree at the University of Graz, Austria. In her research, she investigates regional energy transitions from a socio-technical perspective. She puts a special focus on technology adoption decisions to derive strategies and policy recommendations fostering sustainable transitions. Therefore, she pursues an interdisciplinary approach and combines environmental as well as social science methods.
After her PhD, she had the chance to put her knowledge into practice and managed a three-year programme on regional sustainability projects in an energy region in Styria, Austria. In cooperation with local decision-makers, public authorities, schools, companies and the local population, she realized projects in the field of renewable energy and sustainable mobility. Recently, she worked as a consultant in an energy agency for and in the city of Graz. She managed projects in the field of e-mobility and spatial energy planning collaborating with public authorities, energy suppliers, city planners and research institutions.
Her work in recent years, has mostly been performed in an inter- and transdisciplinary setting integrating knowledge from different scientific disciplines and fields of practice at the interface between research, politics and society.
Energy Agency of Graz, AT
2018 - 2020
Climate and Energy Model Region Graz-North, AT
2016 - 2018
University of Graz, AT
2015 - 2017
University of Graz, AT
2011 - 2013
Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, GE
2012 - 2013
Paul Scherrer Institute / ecoinvent, Villigen, CH
Hecher M., Hatzl S., Knoeri C., Posch A. (2017). The trigger matters: The decision-making process for heating systems in the residential heating sector. Energy Policy 102, 288-306.
Binder C.R., Knoeri C., Hecher M. (2016). Modeling transition paths towards decentralized regional energy autonomy: The role of legislation, technology adoption, and resource availability. Raumforschung und Raumordnung (3) 74, 273-284.
Hecher M., Vilsmaier U., Akhavan R., Binder C.R. (2015). An integrative analysis of energy transitions in energy regions: A case study of ökoEnergieland in Austria. Ecological Economics 121, 40-53.
Binder C.R., Hecher M., Vilsmaier U. (2014) Visionen, Institutionen und Infrastrukturen als Elemente der Energietransformation. In: Stefan Böschen, Bernhard Gill, Cordula Kropp, Katrin Vogel (Hg.): Klima von unten - Regionale Governance und gesellschaftlicher Wandel. Frankfurt/New York. Campus Verlag. 267-287.
Hecher M., Knoeri C. (2016). Environmental impact assessment of regional heat demand: Insights from coupling a dynamic building-energy model with time-specific inventory data.
Hecher M. (2011) Nachhaltigkeits-Assessment der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung auf die Umwelt in Österreich. Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt- und Wasserwirtschaft (BMLFUW), Wien.
Hecher M. (2016). Managing sustainable energy transitions: A socio-technical perspective on regional energy initiatives and innovation in the building sector. PhD thesis.
Hecher M. (2011) Sustainability Solution Space: Nachhaltigkeits-Assessment der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung auf die Umwelt in Österreich. Master