Ólöf Soebech

Olof Soebech

Project Researcher Environment & Sustainable Development

Activities

Ólöf Söebech is a Project Researcher at the Institute for European Studies and the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has coordinated and collaborated in several European and national funded projects since she joined the Institute in 2007.

Currently Ólöf is involved in three projects at the IES. She is a project coordinator for the Jean-Monnet network ‘Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times’ or GOVTRAN, a network that brings together scholars and practicioners working in a broad range of fields, including climate and energy policy, European integration, and governance studies. She is involved in ROLECS - Roll out of local energy communities a Flemish Flux 50 ICON project that aims to analyse and facilitate the implementation of Energy Communities in Europe. The third project is a European funded FP7 project on development and the promotion of sustainable aviation fuels. The IES is responsible for the policy analysis of aviation biofuels policies, as well as sustainability criteria.

Previously she coordinated a European 7FP project on societal security: SOURCE-Societal security network,  a project that aims to create a virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security. Ólöf also worked on Participatory platform for sustainable energy management (PARENT), a project supported by Innoviris and the JPI Urban Europe funding scheme (2016-2019). It aims to Lower electricity consumption in European households through community participation and technological solutions. She has worked on a number of research projects relating to sustainability, environmental policy and democratic participation.

​In 2012 Ólöf launched a her own project, a website: www.everydaystories.be. There, short video stories of people who lead sustainable lifestyles in European cities are shared. The profile and concept development as well as implementation of interviews was a collaboration project.

Ólöf studied human ecology, policy focused environmental studies and contemporary dance, and has worked in the field of dance, education, research and activism.

Profile and Publications

 


Books

  • Rubik, Frieder, Scholl, Gerd, Biedenkopf, Katja, Kalimo, Harri, Mohaupt, Franziska, Söebech, Ólöf, Stø, Eivind, Strandbakken, Pål &Turnheim, Bruno. 2009. Innovative Approaches in European Sustainable Consumption Policies. Schriftenreihe des IÖW 192/09 Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin. Link

Chapters

  • Soebech, Olof. 2012. Individual action towards a better urban life. In Green Days a multidisciplinary project on art and nature, published and developed by Green Days Project 2011-2012 supported by the European Cultural Foundation Link
  • Soebech, Olof. 2010. Greening the IES, Creating an environmentally friendly workplace. In We can Change the Weather: 100 cases of changeability, edited by Marleen Wynants. Brussels: VUB Press Link

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Scholl, Gerd, Rubik, Frieder, Biedenkopf, Katja, Kalimo, Harri, and Soebech, Olof. 2010. Policies to promote sustainable consumption: Innovative approaches in Europe. Natural Resource Forum, volume 34, Issue 1, pages 39–50 Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • Sedefov, Filip, Kalimo, Harri & Söebech, Ólöf. 2016. IES Policy Brief, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • Söebech, Ólöf. 2017. Media watch D8.4. SOURCE A Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security pdf
  • Söebech, Ólöf. 2017. Database D8.6. SOURCE A Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security
  • Alskaif, Tarek, Söebech, Ólöf & Zelco, Stefano. 2016. Handbook of best practices in gamification D1.5. Participatory Platform for Sustainable Energy Management (PARENT), the Joint Programming Initiative “Urban Europe”. Link
  • Soebech, Olof. 2015. Video Interview Film with Stakeholders in Societal Security D 9.14 SOURCE A Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security Link
  • ROOS, Christof & SOEBECH, Olof. 2015. Societal Security Scenarios by University Students: The Temple Asylum Game, D 9.15 SOURCE A Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security Link
  • Shahin, Jamal, Soebech, Olof and Mallard, Jeremy. 2009. Participation in the European Project: How to mobilise citizens at the local, regional, national, and European levels. Brussels: Committee of the Regions Link
  • Rubik, Frieder, Scholl, Gerd, Biedenkopf, Katja, Kalimo, Harri, Mohaupt, Franziska, Söebech, Ólöf, Stø, Eivind; Strandbakken, Pål & Turnheim, Bruno. 2009. Promoting Sustainable Consumption - New Policy Approaches. Policy Brief. Berlin, Brussels and Oslo. IÖW, IES, Sifo. Link

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • Soebech, Olof & Baduel, Louise. 2014. Everyday stories- stories of ordinary people living extra-ordinary lives Link
  • Soebech, Olof. 2013. Open Democracy Link