As an early-career researcher with a multidisciplinary background in international sociology and organisation studies, Lena’s overarching research interests are processes of technology innovation and diffusion in hybrid organisational fields populated by private, public and third sector organisations.
In her new role as University Academic Fellow in Innovation Management, Lena is developing a portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects exploring patterns of medical technology innovation and technology convergence. Her first projects will investigate the influence of regulation on innovation strategies in medical technology, strategies for managing combinatorial innovation in complex innovation ecosystems, and the role of social enterprises in innovation ecosystems developing technology-enabled healthcare solutions for low-resource settings.
In 2016, Lena was awarded a PhD in Sustainability Research for her study of the role of cross-sector partnerships in creating low-carbon development pathways. Results of her critical analysis of how partnerships can facilitate but also inhibit the adoption of off-grid renewable energy technologies in Central America have been published in Energy for Sustainable Development and Energy Policy, and received the White Rose DTC Best Paper Award 2015. Lena chaired a Breakout Session on ‘Social Innovations for Energy Access’ at 2016 UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development (EPFL, Lausanne).
With a strong interest in research methods, Lena works on participatory methods and visual tools that can enhance the collection of both qualitative and quantitative network data. Earlier this year, she organised an interdisciplinary workshop on visual network research. Together with colleagues working on global development, Lena has published an interdisciplinary volume on conducting field research in development contexts (‘Understanding Global Development Research’). She has also written an organisational ethnography of the work of the oldest UN human rights treaty monitoring body, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (‘An Unreal World’).
- PhD (with Recognition of Research Excellence) in Sustainability Research, University of Leeds; funded by the University of Leeds, the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Society of Latin American Studies.
- Work experience in academic research and administration (University of Leeds, Keele University, University College Dublin, Bielefeld University)
- MRes/ Diplom (Distinction) in Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany
- MA (Distinction) in International Relations, Keele University, UK
Having joined the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Engagement (C-Tie) in September 2016, Lena is embarking on a series of research projects investigating processes of technology innovation and social innovation in the field of medical technology. Current research focusses on technology convergence, the influence of regulation on innovation strategies in medical technology, and strategies for managing combinatorial innovation in complex innovation ecosystems.
Drawing on her background in international development cooperation, Lena is developing a project on the role of social enterprises in innovation ecosystems developing medical devices for low-resource settings. In this context, Lena also works on visual methods for more agency-oriented qualitative research on inter-organisational partnerships and networks.
Research Interests (Keywords):
- Technology innovation & transfer; medical technology innovation & regulation; technology convergence in medical technology, innovation networks & partnerships; innovation strategy, anticommons theory; social innovation; relational theory; renewable energy technologies
- Hybrid organisations; sustainable development; social entrepreneurship; global/local partnerships in technology transfer; small-scale renewable energy technologies; international development cooperation; rural electrification; knowledge-power dynamics in North-South partnerships
- Qualitative research methods, in particular ethnographic & participatory methods; visual network research; agent-based modelling
- Research methods, research design & advanced qualitative methods-
- Introduction to qualitative data analysis software, Atlas.ti
- Corporate strategy
- Development of research-led teaching portfolio for innovation management modules
- Supervision of dissertations
- Supervision of PhD students in the following areas:
- Qualitative research methods, in particular ethnographic & participatory methods; visualisation techniques; mixed-methods research (including agent-based modelling
- Technology innovation; technology transfer; regulation; renewable energy technologies; medical technologies; technology convergence; innovation networks & partnerships
- Network research and relational theory; cross-sector partnerships; NGO-business relations
- Sustainability, sustainable development; social innovation; knowledge-power dynamics
- International development cooperation; NGOs; aid industry; human rights; hybrid organisations; social entrepreneurship
- Central America/ South America
- Administration of cross-divisional ‘Technology Innovation’ research group
- Sub-group leader of cross-faculty ‘Visualisation Network’
- Supervision of dissertation projects
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Kruckenberg, L. J. (2015) Renewable energy partnerships in development cooperation: Towards a relational understanding of technical assistance. Energy Policy, 77, 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2014.11.004
Kruckenberg, L.J. (2015) North-South partnerships for sustainable energy: Knowledge-power relations in development assistance for renewable energy. Energy for Sustainable Development, 29, 91-99. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.11.004
Crawford, G., Kruckenberg, L.J., Loubere, N. & Morgan, R. (2017) Understanding research in global development. Fieldwork issues, experiences and reflections. London: SAGE
Kruckenberg, L.J. (2012) The UNreal world of human rights. An ethnography of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Crawford, G., Kruckenberg, L. J., Loubere, N., & Morgan, R. (2017) Global Development Fieldwork: A Relational Perspective. In G. Crawford, L. J. Kruckenberg, N. Loubere & R. Morgan (Eds.), Understanding research in global development. Fieldwork issues, experiences and reflections. London: SAGE Publications, 3-24.
Kruckenberg, L. J., Crawford, G., Loubere, N., & Morgan, R. (2017) Towards a Relational Understanding of Development Research. In G. Crawford, L. J. Kruckenberg, N. Loubere & R. Morgan (Eds.), Understanding research in global development. Fieldwork issues, experiences and reflections. London: SAGE Publications, 225-250.
Mosse, D., & Kruckenberg, L. J. (2017) Beyond the Ivory Tower: Researching Development Practice. In G. Crawford, L. J. Kruckenberg, N. Loubere & R. Morgan (Eds.), Understanding research in global development. Fieldwork issues, experiences and reflections. London: SAGE Publications, 193-211.
Pfaff-Czarnecka, J., & Kruckenberg, L. J. (2017) On the Margins of World Society: Working with Impoverished, Excluded and Marginalised People. In G. Crawford, L. J. Kruckenberg, N. Loubere & R. Morgan (Eds.), Understanding research in global development. Fieldwork issues, experiences and reflections. London: SAGE Publications, 91-108.
Kruckenberg, L. (2010) Politics of Difference and Activism at Intersections: Romani Women in Eastern and Central Europe. In: Y.-L. Lee, (Ed.): The Politics of Gender. A Survey. London: Routledge, 25-45.
Reports & Proceedings
Pandza, K., Kruckenberg, L. & Lawrence, M. (2015) Innovation Strategy Framework: Evaluating Opportunities in Healthcare Technologies. Consultancy Report. Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement, University of Leeds.
Loubere, N., Morgan, R., Kruckenberg, L.J., De Beukelaer, C.M. & Hernandez Montes De Oca, P. (Eds.) RiDNet Practical Fieldwork Notes: Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Reflexive Approaches to Practical Issues, University of Leeds, 27 Sep 2012. RiDNet Practical Fieldwork Notes. University of Leeds, Leeds, 2012.
Ahrweiler, P., Brandes, A. & Kruckenberg, L. (2008) R&D Governance Rules of the EU Framework Programmes: The EURuleD Archive. NEMO Working Paper 6.