Group members

Léon Hirt


External PhD student
Renewable Energy Systems group, University of Geneva

Uni Carl-Vogt C605, Blvd. Carl Vogt 66
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Tel.: +41 (0) 22 379 06 04
Email: leon.hirt(at)




Léon joined the Renewable Energy Systems group at the University of Geneva as a PhD student in July 2018. His interdisciplinary-oriented research focuses on linking socio-technical transition theories and energy modeling in the context of a low-carbon transition in Switzerland. The RES group is a great environment to carry out interdisciplinary studies and he is excited by the opportunity to work on bridging quantitative energy modeling to insights from sociology to investigate and promote renewable energy systems in Switzerland. Léon will be co-supervised by Prof. Marlyne Sahakian from the department of Sociology at the University of Geneva.  

Prior to joining the group, Léon obtained a BSc. in civil engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), an MSc. in environment and climate change from the University of Liverpool (UoL, UK) and an MA in foundations and practices of sustainability from the University of Lausanne (Unil). Some of his previous research focussed on detecting trends and variability in temperatures in African countries, and on technology and society from an anthropological and ethical perspective. 

He was awarded a Faculty Prize (Unil) for his Master’s thesis entitled “Between finitude and infinitude: the paradox of climate engineering”.