Thomas Blanchet is researcher and project manager at nexus Institute since 2015. He studied sociology at the University of Nantes and at the University of Leipzig and earned in 2013 a PhD from the Department of Economics at FU Berlin on the subject of privatisation in the German water sector. His dissertation was written within the DFG Research Training Group “Paths of Organizational Processes” and as a guest at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (Department of Organization and Internationalization).
Prior to nexus, he worked as a researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and at the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires, Sociétés at the École des Ponts ParisTech, where he worked on the governance of urban infrastructures (water, energy). During his postdoctoral studies in Paris he was involved in international comparative projects on local energy system transformation. In addition to his scientific activities, he has also taken on teaching positions in organizational theory (Humboldt University Berlin) and international management (Jacobs University Bremen).
Thomas’ work and research interests are as follows: social innovation and participation in energy system transformation (energy democracy); cooperation between companies, local decision-makers and civil society in the field of infrastructure; governance of smart cities, socio-ecological transformations.