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-Papers (selection):

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
with Sybille Röhrkasten

IRENA: Stay the Course!

On the Value of a Multilateral Organisation for Renewable Energy

SWP Comments 2012/C 37, November 2012, 4 Pages

Security of Gas Supply

Four Political Challenges under the Spotlight

SWP Comments 2012/C 17, June 2012, 7 Pages

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 (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 press:

The four great challenges for the European gas market

in: European Energy Review, 02.07.2012 (online)


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


Kirsten Westphal with Julia Howald and Stormy-Annika Mildner

What economies of shale for US foreign policy?

EU ISS Brief, No. 46, 6 December 2013


SWP Comments

Kirsten Westphal
Russian Energy Supplies to Europe

The Crimea Crisis: Mutual Dependency, Lasting Collateral Damage and Strategic Alternatives for the European Union

Heribert Dieter
Germany’s Two-edged Business Model

Current Account Surpluses Fund Investment and Consumption – Abroad

SWP Research Papers

Marianne Beisheim, Susanne Dröge
UNCSD Rio 2012

Twenty Years of Sustainability Policies – Now Put into Practice?

Marianne Beisheim
Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Why and How Rio+20 Must Improve the Framework for Multi-stakeholder Partnerships