Dr. K. (Katharina) Biely


Katharina is a Post-doctoral Researcher with the Energy Transition Lab of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Her research focuses on behavioral change towards a sustainable future.


Katharina has an interdisciplinary background, and therefore she has many research interests. In the past her research was mainly focused on sustainability, transition theory, (market) power, systems thinking and agriculture. She wrote her dissertation about market power and sustainability. Working on the Energy Transition Lab at Delft University of Technology she will perform research on human behavior, sustainable energy and sustainability transition.

  • Biely, K.; Mathijs, E.; Van Passel, S.: (2019): Causal loop diagrams to systematically analyze market power in the Belgian sugar value chain. In: AIMS Agriculture and Food 4 (3).
  • Biely, K.; Maes, D.; Van Passel, S. (2018): Market Power Extended: From Foucault to Meadows. In: Sustainability 10(8), 2843; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082843
  • Brzezina, N.; Biely, K.; Helfgott, A.; Kopainsky, B.; Vervoort, J.; Mathijs, E. (2017): Development of Organic Farming in Europe at the Crossroads: Looking for the Way Forward through System Archetypes Lenses. In: Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 821; doi:10.3390/su9050821
  • Biely, K.; Maes, D.; Van Passel, S. (2018): The idea of weak sustainability is illegitimate. In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, 20(1), 223; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-016-9878-4

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  • PhD in applied business economics, Hasselt University
  • Magistra (with distinction) in International Development, University of Vienna

Katharina Biely

Post-doctoral Researcher

Multi-Actor Systems

Organisation & Governance