Dr. Kirsten Westphal

Dr. Kirsten Westphal

Research Division: Global Issues
Senior Associate


2003-2008 Assistant Professor at JLU Gießen for International Relations and Foreign Policy

1999-2002 Researcher at the JLU Gießen, Guest researcher at IRELA Madrid and Center for International Development and Environmental Relations (CIDER) JLU Gießen

1996-1998 PreussenElektra AG

Areas of Expertise:

Russian Federation, Energy policy, EU energy policy

Global Energy Issues and Security of Supply (Oil and Gas), Renewables, International Energy-Governance; Non-conventional Oil and Gas; EU Foreign Energy Relations with the US, Russia, Caspian Region, MENA and Emerging Powers Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

SWP Publications (selection):

with Alexander Gusev

Russian Energy Policies Revisited

Assessing the Impact of the Crisis in Ukraine on Russian Energy Policies and Specifying the Implications for German and EU Energy Policies

SWP Research Paper 2015/RP 08, December 2015
with Marco Overhaus, with Guido Steinberg

The US Shale Revolution and the Arab Gulf States

The Economic and Political Impact of Changing Energy Markets

SWP Research Paper 2014/RP 11, November 2014, 33 Pages
with Susanne Dröge

Shale Gas for a Better Climate?

The US Fracking Revolution Challenges European and International Climate Policy

SWP Comments 2013/C 25, August 2013, 8 Pages

Unconventional Oil and Gas – Global Consequences

SWP Comments 2013/C 12, March 2013, 8 Pages

Globalising the German Energy Transition

SWP Comments 2012/C 40, December 2012, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Energy in an Era of Unprecedented Uncertainty: International Energy Governance in the Face of Macroeconomic, Geopolitical, and Systemic Challenges

in: David Koranyi (ed.), Transatlantic Energy Futures: Strategic Perspectives on Energy Security, Climate Change and New Technologies in Europe and the United States, Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2011, pp.1-26.
with Thijs Van de Graaf

The G8 and G20 as Global Steering Committees for Energy: Opportunities and Constraints

in: Global Policy 2 (1), September 2011, pp. 19 -30
with Dries Lesage, with Thijs Van de Graaf

Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World

Ashgate, Farnham 2010
with Dries Lesage, with Thijs Van de Graaf

G8+5 collaboration on energy efficiency and IPEEC

Shortcut to a sustainable future?

in: Energy Policy, December 2009, online

Germany and the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue

in: P. Aalto (ed.) The EU-Russian Energy Dialogue Europe's Future Energy Supply Aldershot/ Burlington: Ashgate, 2007, pp.93-118

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

with Sybille Röhrkasten

IRENA and Germany's Foreign Renewable Energy Policy

Aiming at Multilevel Governance and an Internationalization of the Energiewende?

Working Papers FG 8, 2013/ 01, September 2013, 17 Pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

The four great challenges for the European gas market

in: European Energy Review, 02.07.2012 (online)


Kirsten Westphal (mit Severin Fischer)

Energy and Statecraft: A German Perspective

in: Reducing Vulnerability: A Transatlantic Approach to Energy Security, AICGS Policy Report No. 60, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, April 2015, pp. 7-15


Kirsten Westphal

The European Gas Puzzle. Over-Securitization, Dilemmas and Multi-level Gas Politics on the European Continent a Year after ‘Euromaidan’

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Policy Brief No. 11, 2014


Kirsten Westphal

Institutional change in European natural gas markets and implications for energy security: Lessons from the German case

in: Energy Policy, available online, 3 October 2014


Kirsten Westphal with Kacper Szulecki

The Cardinal Sins of European Energy Policy: Nongovernance in an Uncertain Global Landscape

in: Global Policy Vol. 5, Special Issue, October 2014, pp. 38-51


Kirsten Westphal with Stormy-Annika Mildner and Julia Howald

Tipping the Power Balance? The Shale Revolution and U.S. Foreign Policy

Transatlantic Academy Publications, 7 March 2014



SWP Comments

Maria Pastukhova, Kirsten Westphal
A Common Energy Market in the Eurasian Economic Union

Implications for the European Union and Energy Relations with Russia

Marianne Beisheim, Judith Vorrath
Organised Crime in the »2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development«

Indicators and Measurements for International and National Implementation

SWP Research Papers

Alexander Gusev, Kirsten Westphal
Russian Energy Policies Revisited

Assessing the Impact of the Crisis in Ukraine on Russian Energy Policies and Specifying the Implications for German and EU Energy Policies

Marianne Beisheim
Reviewing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and Partnerships

A Proposal for a Multi-level Review at the High level Political Forum