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Dr. Kirsten Westphal

Research group:

Global Issues Senior Associate

Areas of Expertise


Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, Global Energy Issues and Security, International Energy-Governance, Energy and Connectivity,  EU Foreign Energy Relations, Energy Developments in the Neighbourhood (Eastern Europe/Eurasia, the Mediterranean and the MENA region.

Short Curriculum vitae


Since 2021 Head of the project "Geopolitics of Energy Transformation - H2"

Since 2021 Member of the Scientific Advisory and Project Board of 50hertz

Since 2020 Member of the National Hydrogen Council

2018 - 2020 Head of the Project "Geopolitics of Energy Transformation"

2018/2019 Member of the Expert Council of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transition (2018/2019)

Since 2020 Member of the Scientific Council of the Royal Institute Elcano, Madrid

Since 2017 Member of the Advisory Board, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK) Foundation, Budapest

Since 2017 Member of the Editorial Board, "European Energy Journal"

Since 2016 Head of the project "Germany-Poland Energy Dialogue"

2016 Head of the project "Energy Security in the OSCE"

Since 2015 Head of the project "Germany-Russia Energy Dialogue"

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

1999,2000 Guest Researcher at the Instituto de Relaciones Europeo-Latinoamericanas (IRELA), Madrid

1996-1998 Preussen Elektra AG; Guest Researcher at the The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

SWP - Publications

External publications


Kirsten Westphal, Andreas Goldthau, Morgan D. Bazilian
Actorless Threats
The age of actorless threats has arrived. Democracies need to re-imagine and re-tool their responses.
in: Duck of Minerva, 26.02.21, online

Kirsten Westphal
"The global order isn't keeping pace with real developments"
Interview by Hans-Joachim Ziegler, Energy Debate, 02.02.2021, online

Kirsten Westphal
The Emergence of a Hydrogen Economy
Interview in: BRINK, December 2020

Kirsten Westphal
German-Russian gas relations in the face of the energy transition
in: Russian Journal of Economics Vol. 6(4), December 2020, page 406-423

Maria Pastukhova, Kirsten Westphal
Governing the Global Energy Transformation

in: Manfred Hafner/Simone Tagliapietra (eds.) The Geopolitics of the Global Energy Transition, Cham: Springer Nature, 2020, pp. 341-364 (online)

Kirsten Westphal
Russian-EU Relations and the Energy Transition
in: Susanne Nies (Hg.): The European Energy Transition: Agenda for the Twenties, Deventer: Claeys and Casteels Law Publishers, 2020, p. 379-395

Morgan Bazilian, Michael Bradshaw, Johannes Gabriel, Andreas Goldthau, Kirsten Westphal
Four scenarios for energy transition: Drivers, consequences and implications for geopolitics
In: WIREs Climate Change, Wiley Periodicals, 2019, 7 pages

Indra Overland, Morgan Bazilian, Roman Vakulchuk, Talgat Ilimbek Uulu, Kirsten Westphal
The GeGaLo index: Geopolitical Gains and Losses after Energy Transition
in: Energy Strategy Reviews, Volume 26, November 2019, 16 pages

Dirk Buschle, Kirsten Westphal
A Challenge to Governance in the EU: Decarbonization and Energy Security
in: European Energy Journal, Volume 8 Issue 3/4, July 2019, pp. 53-64

Andreas Goldthau, Kirsten Westphal
Why the global energy transition does not mean the end of the petrostate
in: Global Policy, Vol. 10, Issue 2, May 2019, pp. 279-278

Kirsten Westphal, Andreas Goldthau
How the energy transition will reshape geopolitics
Paths to a low-carbon economy will create rivalries, winners and losers
in: Nature, Vol. 569, May 2019, pp. 2-5

Kirsten Westphal
Germany’s Energiewende: Climate Change in Focus—Competitiveness and Energy Security Sidelined?
in: Godzimirski, Jakub M. (ed.), New Political Economy of Energy in Europe: Power to Project, Power to Adapt, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 165-194