Alexandra Widrat is a researcher in the field of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Borderstep Institute. Her research interests are green start-ups and sustainable business models as drivers of sustainability transformation. She is currently involved in the projects EdiCitNet (Edible Cities Network – Integrating Edible City Solutions for socially resilient and sustainably productive cities) and Sustainability4All (Sustainability as a success factor for all start-ups) and supports StartGreen.net, the platform for the green start-up community.
Alexandra previously worked at Borderstep as a trainee on topics including impact measurement of start-ups and start-up support programmes (IMPACT of sustainability-oriented start-up support) and student-business collaboration in innovative green venturing formats (ScaleUp4Sustainability).
She has an interdisciplinary background with a BA in Sinology from Leipzig University and a MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University. Prior to joining Borderstep, Alexandra Widrat worked for a sustainability consultancy in Berlin and in international cooperation in a Chinese-German partnership project at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Heat pumps way out of gas dependence 03.03.2023
Borderstep co-founder Dr. Jens Clausen is co-author of a study on heat pumps presented by ScientistsForFuture just in time for the global climate strike. It shows that in just three years, Germany can reduce up to 60% of the amount of gas previously covered by Russian gas. More
Borderstep supports EU Commission on the topic of data centers 07.02.2023
Borderstep is researching synergies between data centers and energy systems in the DCESS project, which has just started. How can local energy systems use waste heat and water from data center operations? More
Smart City: How can development be managed? 02.02.2023
In a recent article for the Israel Public Policy Institute, Borderstep co-founder and senior researcher Dr. Severin Beucker looks at the state of the debate on this issue in Germany. The article can be downloaded free of charge. More