Helen Sharp has been a research fellow at the IÖW since early 2018. In 2017, she earned her degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on the concept of a “just transition” and German trade union’s approaches to structural change. For her thesis, she was awarded the 2017 Research Award by Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). Her research interests include the potentials and barriers to a just transition, dealing with cross-cutting cooperation between social and environmental organisations and the role of politics (and policy) in facilitating social negotiation and common learning processes. Moreover, Helen Sharp has gained experience in the field of sustainability transitions research as part of the “Deep Transitions” project.

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