Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

30/09/2015 - 08/12/2015



Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

John-F.-Kennedy Institut, Freie Universität Berlin (Allemagne)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Cities, Citizens and Pathways to Energy Transition in Germany

The case study of citizen energy in Germany will begin with an examination of the specific policy and political economic context for the emergence of this technoeconomic formation. This will draw on existing studies of the role of federal states, cities and rural and urban community groups in the energiewende. A key aim of this literature review, in regard to cross national comparisons with the UK, is to examine the limits and barriers to the simple translation or transplant of German models citizen energy to other parts of the EU such as the UK. This enables an examination of how the ambiguities of ‘citizen energy’ are interpreted and differently imagined in different national and regional context. Within Germany alone, different sociotechnical imaginaries of citizen energy can be identified, with rural and urban divergences and different models of ownership. Finally, given the more advanced state of the citizen energy regime there, the German case is of European significance. It provides a testing ground for the problems that might be generated for the incumbent energy regime, and for controversies around possible negative sociotechncial dynamics of the emergent one. Thus how transitions to distributed ‘citizen energy’ regimes may be imagined and enacted elsewhere in the EU will be to some extent shaped by outcomes in Germany.


Larry Reynolds works at the intersections of environmental sociology, political economy and science and technology studies (STS) to address the production and governance of new and emerging technologies.
Other strands of his work include a history of the biosciences and their relationship with wider transformations of the capitalist mode of production, focusing especially on the processes that lead to the development of herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops. This connects to another strand of his work that examines modes of governance of emerging technologies, especially through research on public participation around the GM controversy. Larry Reynolds has a PhD from Essex (Sociology, 2010) on the technosocial struggles around the development and contestation of agricultural biotechnology (supervisor: Ted Benton). ​