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Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele


Research Associate
Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies


Seidenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart


Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele’s research areas are socio-technical transformation processes, social sustainability of energy systems and the role of narratives in the context of energy transitions and sustainability. She also focuses on scenario methods, their perception and interpretation through social actors. In her dissertation, she analysed how organisations and political decision-makers assess the plausibility of energy scenarios. Since 2016 she has been a facilitator at the Oxford Scenarios Programme at University of Oxford.

Selected Publications:

Schmidt-Scheele, R. (2020): The Plausibility of Future Scenarios. Conceptualising an Unexplored Concept in Scenario Planning, Bielefeld: transcript Independent Academic Publishing. (to the book

Schmidt-Scheele, R. 2020: 'Plausible' energy scenarios?! How users of scenarios assess uncertain futures. In: Energy Strategy Reviews. (to the article).

Schmidt-Scheele, R.; Bauknecht, D.; Poganietz, W.; Seebach, D.; Timpe, C.; Weimer-Jehle, W.; Weiß, A. 2019: Leitmotive und Storylines der Energiewende. In: TaTuP Technikfolgenabschätzung Theorie und Praxis, 28(3): 27-33. (go to Article)

Schweizer, V., Scheele, R., Kosow, H. 2018: Practical Poststructuralism for Confronting Wicked Problems. In: Arabi, M., O. David, J. Carlson, D.P. Ames (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, June 25-28 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Scheele, R.; Kearney, N.; Kurniawan, J.; Schweizer, V. 2018: What Scenarios Are You Missing? Poststructuralism for Deconstructing and Reconstructing Organizational Futures. In: Krämer, H. und Wenzel, M. (eds): How Organizations Manage the Future: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights. Palgrave Macmillan. (to the chapter)

Schick, C.; Blesl, M.; Borggrefe, F.; Brand, H.; Buchmann, T.; Fahl, U.; Fuchs, A.-L.; Gils, H. C.; Hufendiek, K.; Münkel, A.; Püttner, A.; Rosenberg, M.; Scheben, H.; Scheel, O.; Scheele, R.; Schmidt, M.; Steurer, M.; Wetzel, M.; Wiesmeth, M. 2018: Energiesystemanalyse Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart: Forschungsverbund STRise - Stuttgart Research Initiative on Integrated Systems Analysis for Energy. (to the report).

Scheele, R.; Kosow, H.; Prehofer, S. 2017: Kontextszenarien als Ergänzung modellgestützter Szenarioanalysen – Grundlagen und aktuelle Fragestellungen. In: Tilebein, Meike et al. (Hrsg.): Digitale Welten: Neue Ansätze in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik, Wirtschaftskybernetik und Systemanalyse Band 30. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 107-121. ISBN: 978-3-428-14949-0

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Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele holds a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Social Sciences and the Stuttgart Centre for Simulation Science (SimTech). She holds a Master of Science in European Governance (University of Bristol) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hanzehoogeschool Groningen).

Within the CIB-Lab, Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele conducts research on scenarios and foresight in the context of energy system transformation and sustainability. The focus of her work is on methods for the creation, perception and processing of scenarios by social actors. In her dissertation within the IBESSA project, she dealt with epistemological and perception-theoretical perspectives on the plausibility of scenarios, including CIB-based scenarios. Ricarda completed research stays at Arizona State University and Oxford University. Since 2016 she has been involved in the semi-annual “Oxford Scenarios Programme” as a leading facilitator.

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