European External Energy Governance (compl.)

Challenges of European External Energy Governance: Meeting Tiger, Dragon, Lion and Jaguar

Contact: Dr. Kirsten Westphal, Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

The international, interdisciplinary research project »Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers: Meeting Tiger, Dragon, Lion and Jaguar«, focuses on two major global challenges that the EU is currently facing: First, the establishment of a multipolar world order with emerging powers as prospective cooperation partners; and second, the challenges of a secure, competitive and sustainable EU External Energy Policy towards major consumer countries.

Research will be carried out in three steps:

  1. Identifying differences in the normative orientation, governance and bargaining strategies of the EU's energy policy towards China, India, Brazil and South Africa.
  2. Explaining these differences with reference to the EU/member states and private actors' interests, different Directorate General responsibilities, emerging powers policy styles and alternative cooperation forms for emerging powers through regional/multilateral embeddedness.
  3. Offering policy recommendations for a future »External Energy Governance«. Here, we will outline concrete policy options for sustainable energy governance in an increasingly multipolar world. Therefore, our project strongly emphasizes close connections between academia and policy consultancy and involves experts of European and overseas think tanks.

A project team of 16 renowned scholars and practitioners from Europe (UK/University of Cambridge; Spain/FRIDE; Switzerland/ETH Zürich; Germany/TU Darmstadt, GIZ, SWP; Denmark/University of Aarhus), China (University of Beijing), India (TERI), Brazil (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and South Africa (SAIIA) will jointly work on the topic from different disciplinary academic as well as policy consultancy perspectives.

The project is funded by the German Volkswagen Stiftung, the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Italian Compagnia di San Paolo and has a duration of 3 years (starting summer 2011).

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