completed projects

Entrepreneurship and International Development

Enhancing Societal Change & Economic Empowerment

One decade of cooperation with a UK based consultancy International Consultants for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ICE) as a consultant and researcher. The work included researcher in policy development in areas of enterprise and entrepreneurship, policy and practice development, and engagement with the small business community especially in developing countries. This covered topics such as gender issues, post-conflict development, economic empowerment, women’s enterprise, social enterprise development, role of Internet and new technologies in societal change, best practices, and mapping of current socio-economic conditions in China, Somaliland, Macedonia, Kenya, Malaysia and Croatia. In the past Klara assisted Professor Allan Gibb OBE in the development of the Oxford/NCGE Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme Support Guide.

Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today

Describing the state of Astrobiology in Europe today and its relation to the European society at large.

The aim of the “Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today. The White Paper on the societal implications of astrobiology research in Europe and the need for a European Astrobiology Institute” document is to lay the ground for a coordinated multidisciplinary European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) and to establish the contribution of the social sciences and humanities to astrobiology research in Europe.

Edited by K. A. Capova, E. Persson, T. Milligan, D. Dunér, with contributions from authors in twenty countries and over thirty scientific institutions worldwide, the document illustrates the societal implications of astrobiology and the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to European society.

The White Paper has two main objectives: 1. It recommends the establishment of a European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) as an answer to a series of challenges relating to astrobiology but also European research, education and the society at large. 2. It also acknowledges the societal implications of astrobiology, and thus the role of the social sciences and humanities in optimizing the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to the lives of the people of Europe and the challenges they face.

The White Paper on the societal implications of astrobiology research in Europe, which is a joint interdisciplinary effort of Working Group 5 within the COST Action TD1308 “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”, aims to gather together these challenges and implications, and in so doing lay the ground for a European Astrobiology Institute.

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Capova, K. A., Persson, E., Milligan, T., Dunér, D. (eds) (2018). Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today. Springer Briefs in Astronomy, Springer.

A Plurality of Lives

How Will the Emerging Plurality of Lives Change How We Conceive of and Relate to Life?

Klara was a Visiting Research Fellow for ‘A Plurality of Lives’ project funded by the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University, Sweden. This interdisciplinary project was looking into how will the emerging plurality of lives effect a wide range of issues that all depend on how we look at life, from how to frame research questions in chemistry, biology and astrobiology via legal and political questions, to philosophical and theological perspectives. For more information please see A Plurality of Lives project description.


Capova, K.A. (2017). Att presentera manniskan for utomjordingar (Introducing humans to the extraterrestrials, Swedish translation by Anna Cabak Redei). In: Abbott J., Persson E., (eds.). Liv: Utomjordiskt, Syntetiskt, Artificiellt. Pufendorf Institute for Advance Study Multidisciplinary Writing Series, Lund University.

Science, Technology & Society

Energy cultures, energy practices and adoption of new technologies

One of Klara’s research interests is the social study of science and the impact of science and technology, this includes social study of the adoption and perception of new technologies as well as energy cultures and practices. Klara worked with geographers and engineers as a member of the Social Science Team on the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project, was conducting fieldwork and semi-qualitative analysis looking into current energy practices and assessing the potential of novel technologies. In 2014, Northern Powergrid and partners completed a major four year smart grid demonstration project, the Customer-Led Network Revolution. The project generated important new learning, from trials with real customers on real networks, and was at the forefront of research into how UK electricity networks can rise to the challenges presented by a low carbon future.


Bell, S., Judson, E., Bulkeley, H., Powells, G., Capova, K.A., Lynch, D., (2015). Sociality and electricity in the United Kingdom: The influence of household dynamics on everyday consumption. Energy Research and Social Science, 9:98–106. DOI10.1016/j.erss.2015.08.027

Powells, G., Bell, S., Judson, E.P., Lyon, S.M., Wardle, R., Capova, K.A., Bulkeley, H., (2015). Fostering active network management through SMEs’ practises. Energy Efficiency, 1-14. DOI10.1007/s12053-015-9382-y

Sociotechnical Reports

Capova, K.A., Wardle, R., Bell, S., Lyon, S., Bulkeley, H.A., Matthews, P.C., Powells, G. (2015) High level summary of learning: electrical vehicle users. Technical Report. Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Bell, S., Capova, K.A., Barteczko-Hibbert, C., Matthews, P.C., Wardle, R., Bulkeley, H.A., Lyon, S., Judson, E., Powells, G. (2015) High level summary of learning: heat pump customers. Technical Report. Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne.

CLNR Report Domestic Customers: Energy Practices and Flexibility (2015). K.A. Capova, G. Powells, H. Bulkeley & S. Lyon, Durham University.

CLNR Insight Report: Electric Vehicles (2014). R. Wardle, K.A. Capova, P. Matthews, S. Bell, G. Powells, H. Bulkeley, Durham University.

Educational Time Trek (e-TimeTrek)

A Digital Travel through Deep Time, the Universe and the Earth

About: An interactive, interdisciplinary, phenomena-based science education system using digital, visual and gamified materials, aimed for distribution throughout the European schooling system. Goals: Develop an “eTimeTrek” proposal, describe a new approach to promote general science education in schools, and in society, by merging the natural sciences with the latest developments in information technology, using a bit of a philosophical and artistic touch to make them highly attractive to all audiences. All the materials to be based on the “Long story of the history of the Universe, the Earth, and Life, jointly composing an interdisciplinary, integrated, phenomenon-based and continuous description of the history of our world, or an educational Timeline. Status: The Game Laboratory of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland, is producing digital educational demo materials for schools; these will be soon available through TimeTrek web page.