Malte B. Rödl
My research is concerned with the interactions of people, 'technology', and the environment and combines insights from science and technology studies, sociology, geography, and systems sciences. It approaches environmental communication through discourses, practices, valuation, and categorisation, and is concerned with understandings of change and emergence processes, legitimation, agency, and the role of the 'ordinary'/normal.
At SLU, I teach and contribute to courses in the MSc Environmental Communication and Management degree programme, specifically the Communication theory and strategy, Engaging critically with environmental governance practices, and Internship in environmental communication courses.
Previously, I have taught in courses on research methods (qualitative and quantitative), and designed an online module on one of the Sustainable Development Goals at The University of Manchester..
I am currently involved in two research projects:
Communication between hope and ambiguity: on coordination for conversion to a circular economy in sustainable food systems.
Environmental communication in (social) media and the arts: Opening spaces for transformative discursive encounters – Part of the MISTRA Environmental Communication project (WP5).
since Sep 2020: Researcher – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Oct 2019 – Jul 2020: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), The University of Manchester, UK
Feb 2018 – Aug 2019: various Research and Teaching Assistant duties – The University of Manchester, UK
Brief Research Stays at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, 2019, UK Funding Organisation), and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC, 2014, Germany). Professional experience in engineering (2010–2013, Germany).
2019: PhD Business and Management (Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies) – The University of Manchester, UK (Thesis Title: Categorising Meat Alternatives: how dominant meat culture is reproduced and challenged through the making and eating of meat alternatives)
2015: MSc Industrial Ecology – Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Leiden University, The Netherlands
2013: BEng Mechanical Engineering – Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach, Germany
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Rödl, M. B., Boons, F., & Spekkink, W. (2022). From responsible to responsive innovation: A systemic and historically sensitive approach to innovation processes. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121231
Rödl, M. B. (2021). Taking Animals Out of Meat: Meat Industries and the Rise of Meat Alternatives. In R. Bali Swain & S. Sweet (Eds.), Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II: Circular Economy and Beyond (Vol. 2, pp. 99–120). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55285-5_6
Rödl, M. B. (2019). What’s new? A History of Meat Alternatives in the UK. In D. Bogueva, D. Marinova, T. Raphaely, & K. Schmidinger (Eds.), Environmental, Health, and Business Opportunities in the New Meat Alternatives Market (pp. 202–217). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-7350-0.ch011
Rödl, M. B. (2018). Marketing Meat Alternatives: Meat Myths and Their Replication in Advertising for Plant-Based Meat. In D. Bogueva, D. Marinova, & T. Raphaely (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Social Marketing and Its Influence on Animal Origin Food Product Consumption (pp. 327–343). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-4757-0.ch022
Boons, F., Browne, A. L., Burgess, M., Ehgartner, U., Hirth, S., Hodson, M., Holmes, H., Hoolohan, C., MacGregor, S., McMeekin, A., Mylan, J., Oncini, F., Paterson, M., Rödl, M. B., Sharmina, M., Warde, A., Welch, D., Wieser, H., Yates, L., & Ye, C. (2020). Covid-19, Changing Social Practices and the Transition to Sustainable Consumption and Production (Version 1.0). Sustainable Consumption Institute. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.18506.59840
Boons, F., Rödl, M. B., & Spekkink, W. (2020). Facilitating interdisciplinary and systemic solutions: the SYSFOCUS approach to the plastics challenge. In UK Knowledge Transfer Network, Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste (pp. 38–43). https://www.ukcpn.co.uk/news/plastics-research-and-innovation-fund-conference-academic-papers/