Dr. Kirsten Westphal

Dr. Kirsten Westphal


Research Division: Global Issues
Senior Associate

kirsten.westphal(at)swp-berlin.org

Since 2018 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)

Areas of Expertise:

Energy policy, EU energy policy

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.


SWP Publications (selection):

Sascha Lohmann, Kirsten Westphal

US-Russia Policy Hits European Energy Supply

The Consequences of Unilateral Sanctions and Growing Market Competition

SWP Comment 2019/C 06, February 2019, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019C06

Andreas Goldthau, Martin Keim, Kirsten Westphal

The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

Governing the Shift: Transformation Dividends, Systemic Risks and New Uncertainties

SWP Comment 2018/C 42, October 2018, 4 Pages
Kirsten Westphal, Aurélie Bros, Tatiana Mitrova

German-Russian Gas Relations

A Special Relationship in Troubled Waters

SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 13, December 2017, 48 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Thijs van de Graaf, Indra Overland, Daniel Scholten, Kirsten Westphal

The new oil? The geopolitics and international governance of hydrogen

in: Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 70, December 2020

doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101667

Caroline Kuzemko, Michael Bradshaw, Gavin Bridge, Andreas Goldthau, Jessica Jewell, Indra Overland, Daniel Scholten, Thijs van de Graaf, Kirsten Westphal

Covid-19 and the Politics of Sustainable Energy Transitions

in: Energy Research and Social Science, July 2020 (online)

doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101685

Kirsten Westphal

Energy Politics of the European Union

in: Kathleen J. Hancock and Juliann Emmons Allison (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, July 2020
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, Andreas Goldthau, Morgan Bazilian, Michael Bradshaw

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

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Sybille Röhrkasten, Kirsten Westphal

IRENA and Germany's Foreign Renewable Energy Policy

Aiming at Multilevel Governance and an Internationalization of the Energiewende?

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

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

Kirsten Westphal

The four great challenges for the European gas market

in: European Energy Review, 02.07.2012 (online)

News

Maria Pastukhova, Jacopo Maria Pepe, Kirsten Westphal
Beyond the Green Deal: Upgrading the EU’s Energy Diplomacy for a New Era
SWP Comment 2020/C 31, June 2020, 8 Pages

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

SWP Comments

Anne Koch, Jana Kuhnt
Migration and the 2030 Agenda: Making Everyone Count

Migrants and Refugees in the Sustainable Development Goals


David Kipp, Nadine Knapp, Amrei Meier
Negative Sanctions and the EU’s External Migration Policy

“Less for Less” Not Fit for Purpose


SWP Research Papers

Susanne Dröge
Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

What Role for the UN Security Council?


Anne Koch
On the Run in Their Own Country

Political and Institutional Challenges in the Context of Internal Displacement