Alena Israel

M. Sc. Alena Fernandes de Freitas

  • Institut für Regionalwissenschaft
    Geb. 10.50
    Reinhard-Baumeister-Platz 1
    76131 Karlsruhe

Research focus

  • Development research
  • Energy research and social science
  • Extractivism and environmental conflicts
  • Urban development
  • Regional Focus on Latin America in particular Peru and Brazil



  • Supervision of students‘ projects
  • Seminar “Alternative approaches in the social sciences and their contribution to spatial research“
  • Seminar “Regional problems and planning concepts in developing countries“
  • Seminar “Territorial planning: Praxis, methods und instruments“


Professional Career 

since Dec 2016

Graduate School for Climate and Environment - GRACE

since Jul 2016 PhD thesis on Governance of expanding energy systems using the example of Peru
Field research periods in Peru
since Jan 2016

Research associate
Institute of Regional Science (IfR)/KIT

Aug 2012 – Nov 2015

M.Sc. Regional Science/Spatial Planning
Institute of Regional Science (IfR)/KIT
Field research in Brazil and Peru

Mar 2012 – Aug 2012

Internship “Metropolisation and Megaevents: Impacts of the World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016“
Observatório das Metrópoles
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

Aug 2010 – Apr 2011

Semester abroad
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

Oct 2008 – Apr 2012

B.Sc. International Economics
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen



2018 with Rocío J. Herrera: Challenging water-energy governance: the mega-hydropower project in Río Marañón and its contestation. Conference paper presented at: MEETINGS-Making Science, Technology and Society Together - EASST, Lancaster.
2018 with Mathias Jehling: Conflicting energy transitions: ‘Modern’ and ‘traditional’ development paths of solar energy in Arequipa, Peru. Conference paper presented: Breaking the Rules! Energy Transitions as Social Innovations, Leibniz Research Allience on Energy Transition, Berlin.
2017 with Mathias Jehling: Local and National dynamics in expanding energy systems – An institutionalist perspective on urban energy transition in Arequipa, Peru. Presentation held at: International Conference – Decolonising geographical knowledges - RGS with IBG, London.
2017 with Rocío J. Herrera: Water-energy governance: the mega hydropower project in Río Marañón, Peru. Presentation held at: International Conference – Decolonising geographical knowledges - RGS with IBG, London.
2017 Aktuelle Entwicklungen in Lateinamerika, Nachwuchstagung Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Weingarten.


Honorary activities

Reviewer International Development Planning Review