Initiator and Founding member of the Environment, Management and Society Research Group.
Since August 2012, Ingmar Lippert is contributing to the cluster of STS and Climate Change researchers at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore and is member of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences' STS Cluster. Focused on Science and Technology Studies, Ingmar did his PhD Enacting Environments on Agents of Ecological Modernisation and their practices of enacting carbon emission realities supervised by the Chair for Sociology, Christoph Lau, of Augsburg University (Germany) and Lucy Suchman from Lancaster University's Centre for Science Studies. He did his undergraduate studies at Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and Bosporus University (Turkey) and graduated in Environmental and Resource Management.
During this degree his interest shifted from the management issue (choosing and optimising the 'right' tools) towards a critical investigation of the societal conditions of the management paradigm and the construction of choices and norms which environmental managers act on. Institutionally this shift has urged him to study social scientific perspectives and, therefore, he moved on to postgraduate studies in Environment, Culture and Society at the Centre for Study of Environmental Change (Sociology Department) and the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy of Lancaster University, UK. In this context he started to conceptualise environmental managers as Agents of Ecological Modernisation, problematised using various critical takes in and beyond social theory: Bourdieu, Critical Realism, Autonomist Thought and Actor-Network Theory. From this vantage point he investigates workers who are supposedly bringing about the 'greening' of their corporation. He focuses on their knowledge practices and how implicit and explicit norms are used as resources as well as limit and channel their agency in their engagement with carbon accounting.
As a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (affiliated to the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture of Alpen-Adria-University at Klagenfurt, University of Graz and Graz University of Technology) Ingmar Lippert was the first winner of the Manfred-Heindler-grant. In early 2011 he was visiting student of Lancaster University's Centre for Science Studies and Centre for the Study of Environmental Change. He acted as a reviewer for the journals Environmental Politics and ephemera - theory and politics in organisation and edited Part III1 of the book Implementing Environmental and Resource Management. This book part concerns the Limits to Managing Environments and was published by Springer.
In 2010 he published his first two books, critically posing the idea of making environmental management the object of study (Fragments of Environmental Management Studies2) and conceptualising Agents of Ecological Modernisation3.
For the Environment, Management and Society Research Group, he mobilised and managed grants by Volkswagen Foundation and Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). During his studies he has been supported through several scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation as well as Hans Böckler Foundation.
From 2010 to 2012, Ingmar Lippert was Council Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Between 2006 and 2009 he was Member of the Standing Accreditation Commission of the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
Ingmar Lippert is focussing on quantification and qualification practices to make environments accountable.
- 1. Limits to Managing the Environment In Implementing Environmental and Resource Management, Edited by M. Schmidt, V. Onyango and D. Palekhov. Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.
- 2. Fragments of Environmental Management Studies. Tönning, Lübeck, Marburg: Der Andere Verlag, 2010.
- 3. Agents of Ecological Modernisation. Tönning, Lübeck, Marburg: Der Andere Verlag, 2010.