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The CIB-Lab


The CIB-Lab at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Research at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) deals with cross-impact balance analysis (CIB) in theory and practice. The CIB was developed at ZIRIUS and is now used internationally for the algorithm-based development of qualitative and semiquantitative scenarios.

The Lab uses the CIB in application projects, studies its method properties and supports the community through application consulting, contract evaluations, operation of this homepage, internships, training and lecturing, and providing the application software 'ScenarioWizard'. A project overview of the Lab is available on its website. At the CIB-Lab, eight ZIRIUS researchers are currently engaged in research.



Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle
The lab is headed by Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle, who developed the CIB method 2001-2006. Dr. Weimer-Jehle is a physicist. He coordinates the 'method development' research area at ZIRIUS and advises on internal and external CIB applications and research, especially on questions related to data evaluation and methodological theory. Dr. Weimer-Jehle has a history of extensive methodological practice, mainly in the field of energy. He is the author of the CIB software ScenarioWizard, for which he conducts training courses and user consultations.
Contact: wolfgang.weimer-jehle@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Dr. Wolfgang Hauser
His work focuses on the socio-technical analysis of the energy system and scenario building. In addition to the classical methods of empirical social research, agent-based modeling and cross-impact balance analysis are mainly applied. His main research interests in the field of CIB are the creation of hybrid scenarios and statistical scenario analysis.
Contact: wolfgang.hauser@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Dr. Hannah Kosow
Hannah Kosow is a social scientist with inter- and transdisciplinary focuses. In the CIB-Lab she works on the methodological reflection, further development and practical application of CIB. In her dissertation project she has been working on hybrid scenarios, i.e., combinations of qualitative (CIB-based) and model-based environmental scenarios (ACCESS). She is currently investigating the TRUST project and whether and how CIB can be used for policy and goal conflict analyses. Her thematic focuses are the environment (e.g., UBA framework assumptions), sustainable water use and water governance (LiWa and TRUST).
Contact: hannah.kosow@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Dipl.-Ing. Christian D. León
Christian D. León studied agricultural sciences with a focus on economics and social sciences at the University of Hohenheim. After his studies, he was a research associate at the Academy for Technology Assessment in Baden-Württemberg, where he led various projects in the field of sustainable development. From 2002 to 2008 he was head of the office of the Sustainability Advisory Council of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg (NBBW). Since 1.6.2008 he has been a research associate at ZIRN (since 2012: ZIRIUS) and leads research projects on integrated water management, scenario development and stakeholder participation.
Contact: christian.leon@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Dipl.-Geogr. Sigrid Prehofer
Sigrid Prehofer is an anthropogeographer and focuses her research on scenario building and socio-technical energy system analysis. In the CIB-Lab, she is also dedicated to the reflection and further development of the CIB method. She works mainly in the field of interdisciplinary construction of hybrid scenarios.
Contact: sigrid.prehofer@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Dr. Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele
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 the 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 semiannual “Oxford Scenarios Programme” as a leading facilitator.
Contact: ricarda.schmidt-scheele@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Arash Shojachaikar, M.A.
His research focuses on 'qualitative and semiquantitative assessment methods in the construction of energy scenarios' and the role of CIB in this field.
Contact: arash.shojachaikar@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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Sandra Wassermann, M.A.
Sandra Wassermann studied political science, sociology and economics at the University of Stuttgart and at the University of Edinburgh. She is the managing director of ZIRIUS and spokesperson of the Energy Research Area. Her work focuses on the analysis of socio-technical transitions, especially in the energy sector. She has also applied the CIB method in various research projects to evaluate consistent energy transition paths.
Contact: sandra.wassermann@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de
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